Its all about the Keswick Ramblers – and an intimate view of the lakes


An early trip to Booths for my picnic then a catch up with the Keswick Ramblers at the Moot hall in Keswick town centre, our leader Pete, artist/bon viveur/all round good bloke and a secret modeller to boot, bought along Bella the gritty Border Terrier, prettier and a little less naughty than Grizzler but not good enough that she could be let off the lead, Herdies here I come!

Dog and Gun and the Moot Hall in the background. Meeting place for the Keswick Ramblers.

We were blessed with Northern generosity and Paul, a fellow walker, asked his wife, who wasn’t feeling too grand (should we have refused), to drive us to Grasmere, better than the overpriced bus, over £9.00 return, good grief that would be a bad start to our day, (lean times these days – count those pennies).

A steep and icy path straight up to Stone Arthur with Lynn leading the way.  The top opened out with views back to Grasmere and the lower half of the Fairfield Horseshoe with an added bonus being a great view of the Howitzer aka the Lion and the Lamb, the Bodge and Annie climbing adventure on the C2C seen from the sharp side.

First stop of the day atop Stone Arthur, no dramas yet.. Pete and Bella are taking a quick break, weather amazing note the shorts, before the next ascent…

Pete and Bella taking a chillax at the top of the hill

An easy motor, with plenty of time to appreciate the amazing views, up to Great Rigg (getting busy now as the Fairfield ramblers were out in their droves), then onto Fairfield itself.  A quick lunch and a scree run down followed by a steep shimmy up Seat Sandal completed the hills. 

Annie strikes a pose looking back at Skiddaw from Seat Sandal

Seat Sandal is a funny devil of a hill, with a very steep up and a lovely grassy bank down, well so you might think, but not a chance it is the steepest grassy bank in Britain (not a fact but hey) a new term, ankle-ation was invented for this.

Four Wainwrights, great company, big sunny skies, little Bella and a pacey walk with enough time to check out the views.  Nothing more required, (Rufus you are missed……tho’ my picnics are a lot smaller now!).

Amazed that such an excellent walk on such an awesome day had such a small following…what are you thinking fellow walkers?  The knowledge that Pete shared was beyond anything available in a book, on a website or available via “expert” friends the value add of the Keswick Rambler guides is their in-depth knowledge of these sometimes treacherous but always beautiful hills. 

Well done Pete – a fantastic and unforgettable day, unlike the “memorably miserable” day that we could have had.  Take a sticky beak at Pete and Lyn’s (Pete’s wife and a different Lynne to the one mentioned earlier), blog.

…weather forecast was rainy so I dipped out of a big walk on Tuesday and went to visit Rumpole and Diplock2  who live at Crook near Kendal.  

Rumpole and Diplock posing for pics at Boars Rock, handsome beasts just like their dad Peter.

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3 Responses

  1. Glad you enjoyed the hike, Pete’s patter still amuses me after many years…..I hear Bella was quite well behaved too. I enclose our blog link and would love to link to yours if that’s ok Anne?

  2. Lyn

    Of course that is ok.

    Good luck with the Keswick Rambles team. I found Pete’s approach to the day, relaxing, knoweldgeable and utterly brilliant. Thanks again. Annie

  3. I thought sausages were a pre requisite!!!

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