Thursday, 10 May 2012

Rucksack Club Meet–Wainwright’s Seven Summits Part 2

Having enjoyed fish and chips in Keswick it was only a short drive to the fork in the road to St John’s in the Vale which is Legburthwaite and time for a couple of hours kip.  Assured by the team that they would not be ahead of schedule on this leg over Skiddaw, they duly arrived nearly an hour early!   A quick dishing out of tea and coffee with whatever food was at hand was sufficient at this stop as a quick ‘jaunt’ over Helvellyn would bring them to Patterdale for breakfast.

We decided to get the drive out of the way and have a sort out and get our breakfast early.  With nothing on the roads it was easy to stop on the Struggle up to Kirkstone to watch the sunrise.  Another glorious day dawned against all odds and the weather forecast.

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Sunrise from the Struggle

No-one around at this time of day in the usually busy car park opposite the highest pub in Cumbria and the fourth highest in England.  A sign outside the Kirkstone Inn claims it was originally built in 1496 although it was a ruin for some years before being rebuilt in 1847. 

Arriving in St Patrick’s Dale, now Patterdale, the sandstone of the church was aglow.

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St Patrick’s Church, Patterdale

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The present church completed in 1853 to the design of Anthony Salvin is considered to be one of the finest Victorian churches in the Diocese of Carlisle, replacing the previous church built around 1600.  However the ancient St Patrick’s well which can be seen on the OS map points to a much earlier place of worship confirmed in a charter of 1348 which refers to ‘the Chapel of Patricksdale’.  If you’re traversing Boredale Hause you will also come across the ruins of an old chapel indicating the importance of the area to pilgrims.

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Early mist clearing from Birkhouse Moor, looking towards Helvellyn from Patterdale

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Baby conifer

The last three remaining Rucksackers arrived for breakfast in Patterdale again up on schedule and were duly served with rice pudding etc.  Off they went for the Seventh summit of High Street to finish in Hartsop.  Time for the marshalls to have a leg stretch from the hamlet up the nose to the summit of Hartsop Dodd and a quick trot down back to the cars.

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Summit of Hartsop Dodd

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Looking towards Ullswater

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The path from Hartsop up to Hayeswater from the summit of Hartsop Dodd

Fantastic achievement congratulations to Ian, Tom and Will for completing the Seven Summits and to Mark, Rae and Helen who I am sure would have completed had family commitments not taken precedence.

Back to High Moss for a celebratory meal and a glass of wine!

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… and still the sun shone at High Moss on Monday morning

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Waiting for us to leave to nip over the wall to get at the grass in the garden!

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River Duddon Bank Holiday Monday

A great way to spend the Bank Holiday and exceedingly fortunate with the conditions for the event.

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