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Report on Keswick Weekend
10 February 2012

This weekend's Craggys were - Maureen, Gillian, Gail, Irene, Mark, Kenny, Robin, Peter and Kevin with Amy joining us on the Sunday.

It was time for our annual weekend south of the border to Keswick staying the in the Youth Hostel. We arrived on the Friday and decided to climb Cat Bells. There was some snow at higher levels but Cat Bells was clear but it was so cold with a biting wind. Cat Bells is a steep wee hill with great views of Keswick, Derwent Water and the surrounding mountains.

On Saturday Mark, Kevin and Kenny decided on doing the highest hills arond Buttermere taking in Red Pike and High Stile. As not everyone in the party had winter gear it was decided the rest of us would leave from the Honister Slate Mine and make our way to Haystacks. Again it was bitterly cold when we left and soon we were faced with icy paths. The spikes were a Godsend in making walking in these conditions so easy. We got to Blackbeck Tarn but were unable to climb up to Haystacks as the path became narrow, steep and icy and therefore making it too risky for those withouts spikes. We headed down the valley beside Warnscale Beck and the waterfall below Fleetwith Pike to the road and up the Honister Pass back to the slate mine.

On the Sunday some of us along with Amy decided to do a circular walk in Borrowdale from Grange to Seatoller and back passing Castle Crag. The weather today was milder and more pleasurable especially for our picnic lunch.

Another good weekend with numerous incidents for us to remember but not to put in print!

Irene Cahill

Derwent Water from Cat Bells
Maureen looks like she is carrying wee Mark in her rucksack
Kenny and Mark
Ugly hat competition
Cat Bells
So cold
Frozen waterfall between Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks
Looking towards Buttermere
Heading towards Fleetwith Pike
Guess who?
Castle Crags
heading alongside Castle Crags
Looking up at Castle Crags

Photos: Irene Cahill

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