I have been made to feel very welcome in the Lake District and made many new friends in my first few weeks. Gina and her husband Dave are two of them and through knowing Gina (a social butterfly who makes legendary chocolate brownies) I joined a Twitter walking group on a Sunday morning in July to climb Green Gable and Great Gable. A “tweet-up”! I had the advantage of a lift from Grasmere with Gina, Dave and Si and we met Ray (our route master), Phil, Bruce, Gary and Ray’s dog Holly (‘The Beast’) in Seathwaite, Borrowdale.
|Sour Milk Gill|
|Gina & Me - Seathwaite Valley behind|
The first fell was to be Green Gable and the route took us along the Gillercomb path. I was still bringing up the rear and trying to avoid being captured in too many of Phil’s photos looking exhausted and having a bad hair day (not the look I aspire to in photos). Gina and Dave started sprinting (yes sprinting) up the last part of the ascent to Green Gable (I will gloss over my thoughts about that other than to say we possibly have the wrong people in our Olympic team) and before long we had arrived at our first summit, which was free of cloud. There were excellent views down to the surrounding valleys including Buttermere and Mellbreak (one of my favourite fells) and great views of the closer fells even though the tops of them were hidden in cloud.
|Great Gable & Green Gable on a sunnier day|
|Summit of Great Gable (photo by @goldenorfephoto - Phil)|
We sat on Great Gable in the cloud and had lunch followed by Gina’s amazing chocolate brownies. Word had obviously got around as two guys arrived at the summit and were also fed brownies. After reapplying lipstick (Phil will no doubt share that photo at some point) we set off down to the stretcher box (named because it does indeed hold stretchers) near Styhead Tarn. At the stretcher box we decided to take the longer route back via Sprinkling Tarn and Grains Gill. I must have got my second wind as I led from the front and did not hold up anybody. In fact, I found myself in the group waiting for others to arrive! (What kept you guys?)
It was great talking to everyone as well. It is amazing how much you can have in common with people you have not met before when you share a love of something – in our case, walking the fells. We ended our day with a drink at the Langstrath Inn where I confess I had half a bitter shandy – sorry…you can take the girl out of the south but not the south out of the girl…. A great day and some great new friends – thanks for arranging it Gina (and thanks for waiting for me Ray).