Looping the Lakes, devised by Mike Cudahey and led by Inken Blunk was a fine way to spend the Bank Holiday weekend. The full route of 82 miles and 19,750ft of climbing was completed by Ian and three other Rucksackers whilst others, including me joined in for part of the route.
Not wanting to tempt fate and my back, I elected to walk the first day of the route which amounted to 42 miles and 9,250ft of climbing. Although the first part of Saturday was a little wet, we did see some sunshine with strong winds featuring on the high passes. I’ve made a full set of photos available if it’s of interest. Here are a few to give a flavour of the meet.
5.30am and its time to go
Our leader Inken after one of the many stream crossings
Approaching Lingy Hut
Northern Fells – not far from Dash Falls
Black Sail Hut
Sheltering from the wind on Black Sail Pass
Grasmere, Helm Crag – no sign of the Lion and the Lamb
Ready for some lunch – the four completers (Mike in the background) with Rae 2nd from right – note Ian’s shoe being held on by a crepe bandage after a sole failure!
Glorious sunset lighting up the fields and stonework of Penruddock
Helvellyn in the distance from Penruddock