Bark Weekend

For the pas 29 years the troop has held a mountaineering weekend based at Bark Hut for the Scouts, and Keswick Youth Hostel for the Girls and Venture Scouts, who apparently feel a greater need for home comforts than the Scouts! For our thirtieth weekend held over 9/10/11th October our friends from Upper Nidd VSU joined us but for the second year running good weather didn’t. With cloud down to 600 metres we decided agains a walk with no views and no photographs and fell back on our medium level walk; a steep climb from Bark Hut to High Seat (one of the many in the lakes), where we were rewarded with a view of a stag doing a “Monarch Of the Glen” pose.

From here we headed along the broad and very boggy ridge to Bleaberry Fell before descending to Walla Crag, and excellent viewpoing overlooking Derwentwater and Keswick, After a steep descent alongside Cat Gill to Great Wood we picked up the return path. The early evening was spent sampling the delight of Keswick’s fish and chip shops and cafes

True to the weather forecast the next day the cloud was even lowere than the day before, and we decided against a navigation exersice in the cloud and opted for a low level walk to Ladore Falls on to the Grange, up behind Castle Crag to the mines above Rosthwaite. From here wer descended to Rosthwaite before climbing out of Borrowdale over to Watendlath. It was then a case of washing the breakfast dished before heading home!