The Lake District with a group from City Church

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Over the late May Bank Holiday, I went to the Lake District with a fairly large (22 people) group, mainly from City Church. It was a last minute thing - there were a few spaces left, so I went. We had wonderful weather - if I'm not careful, I might get used to it!

We stayed in Braithwaite, near Keswick, in the Methodist centre there, for three night from Friday night.

Day one - Saturday 24th May

On Saturday, we walked along Catbells from the North tip, right South to Great Gable - a very long day, especially for the first day. It was beautiful weather, if a little hazy.

Once we got to the top of Dale Head, we stopped for lunch, and then headed down to Honister Pass, and bought ice-cream from the mine there. Then we set off again towards Great Gable, over Grey Knotts, Brandreth, and Green Gable.
Honister pass and slate mine from Grey Knotts

Walking up Grey Knotts

Green Gable from Great Gable

At the top of Great Gable we had quite a view, although it was rather windy. After stopping briefly, we set off down to Seathwaite via Styhead Tarn and Stockley Bridge
The corridor route up Scafell Pike

Scafell range from the Styhead stretcher box

Styhead Tarn

The way down to Seathwaite

Sun on the side of Seathwaite valley

Day two - Sunday 25th May

On Sunday, we started with a brief worship session, and then headed off to Honister pass. This time, we branched out to the West across Fleetwith Pike to Hay Stacks.
Buttermere from Fleetwith Pike

It was very windy indeed on the top of Hay Stacks. Because my knee was bothering me, I decided to head straight down to Buttermere with a few others, although a separate group went all the way along High Crag and High Pike.
Seat and High Crag from the bottom of Hay Stacks

Woods along the shore of Buttermere

When we got to Buttermere village, we descended on the ice-cream shops and rested on the grass by a stream. Some local birds had obviously got used to being fed, so it was quite easy to get photos of them.


Day three - Monday 26th May

We only did a half day walking on Monday. We needed to clear out of the Methodist centre, and we needed to drive home. We decided to drive to the Surprise Viewpoint, which is well worthy of its name. The weather was just right.

We then walked up the valley to Watendlath for lunch by a beautiful lake before walking back to the cars and driving home.
The view over Watendlath