Last Sunday I was out with my local rambling club when we visited Grasmere in the Lake District. I decided to do the B party walk. It was listed as challenging, not so much in terms of distance but it was over some rough terrain with almost 2000 feet of ascent. The weather conditions did not help with the rain making it very treacherous underfoot.
We walked through the village towards Allen Bank and followed the footpath leading up to Silver How. It was fairly steep at first but the gradient eased as we crossed Wray Gill.
It then got steeper as we approached the summit of Silver How from where there were good views looking down on Grasmere and Rydal Water.
The rain had stopped and the sun came out briefly. Time for a group photo.
We continued along the ridge passing Lang How and Great Castle How before climbing to our highest point near Blea Rigg.
A few of us made the slight diversion to the summit of Lang How to appreciate the view.
We now began our descent towards Easedale Tarn. It was very steep and the rocks were wet and slippery. We had to take great care.
Easedale Tarn is a place where I usually like to linger, but not today. Conditions were quite murky and we were behind schedule. We would have to increase our pace if we wanted time for a drink when we got back to Grasmere.
We followed the main path alongside Sourmilk Gill pausing for a short while to admire the waterfalls.
We arrived back in Grasmere with just enough time to enjoy a quick pint of Coniston Old Man before our coach journey home.
It was so good to be back on the hills.