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Wasdale Head

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  • Day111

    UK - Lake District

    July 23, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    The long awaited return to the adventures of the fellowship of the BrownCob is upon us and we have decided to see out our quest amongst the UK countryside, no more flying - thank goodness! We have begun with a 4 and a half hour drive up to the lake district on a mission to climb England's highest peak.... Scafell Pike. Now I have done this before using a different route but wish to complete it with my partner in crime. Our chosen place to begin was the Wasdale valley. We stayed above the Screes Inn where we had basic rooms but a bloody good bangers and mash with the sound of rampant sheep to wake us up in the morning. After an early night, we set off in the morning to park at Wasdale head. We paid our £6.50 fee (pants well and truly down) and set off in mild and cloudy weather, the top was already covered with clouds. Our pace was good and we managed to overtake a few groups. We were walking with nothing but a few directions screen shotted on Sarah's phone which informed us the scramble up to Mickledore Col would be exciting, and exciting it was! It was so steep we had to use our hands, the scree was loose and there was no marked path and when we were in the clouds, the lack of visibility made it interesting to say the least.... I just felt sorry for the young family who were following our scramble to what we thought was the top. It was very cold and bleak at the top and we very nearly turned back due to the cold were it not for the fortunately timed break in the clouds which us allowed us to spot a few Kern's in the distance and follow the melodic sound of a German tourist's voice.... On-wards! Despite Sarah's inability to feel her fingers through the cold, we made it to the summit where we had a few snacks and a cheeky photograph next to the plaque. After pretending we were happy in photos we quickly descended via the mainstream path in a little over 2 hours and very jubilantly returned to the hotel proud, and in one piece just in time for a recovery nap. Afterwards we had a cheeky game of Mastermind and the Great British trivia quiz (at which we were terrible) before destroying a gorgeous pair of pizzas with some cider and wine. Despite attempting to have a late night by napping after the walk we still passed out pretty quickly... it was a big mountain alright!!!! Right now we are chilling in our Loch Gair hotel room after a beautiful days driving through Loch Lomond national park. We are very excited to catch the boat to the Isle of Jura tomorrow as my Aunty Hilary hosts us for a few days.Read more

  • Day6

    Black Sail YHA

    June 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Most isolated Youth Hostel in England.

    A place to stop with fellow hikers, refresh & recharge before hiking out of the valley.

    It seems to be a bit of a central spot for all sorts of hikes. People heading off in all directions.

    We caught up with old Aussies Ray, Alan & Phil - first time since St Bees.
    Met John & Helen from Canada. (She was an old Danish exchange student)

    The boys would become well known as the walk continued - not many kids do this.
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