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Grasmere – Holm Crag – Gibson Knotch – return by Green Burn valley.


Not as good as forecast, but still warm for November. Cloud clinging to the Lion and Lamb as we arrived, which only shifted reluctantly to allow an occasional glimpse of sunshine.


Michael, Michelle, Ashley, George, Sandy, Ron.


Bernie - catching up on work.

Evelyn - recovering from second eye operation.


It was not possible to park at Goody Bridge, so we had to fork out £7 per car to park at Broadgate in Grasmere. Is this a plot to keep out the riff-raff? We discovered that walkie talkies only work when not kept in the car boot, but we managed to meet up within 5 minutes of the prescribed start time.

The rivers were very full after recent rains. There was a steep climb up. Michael had a bad back but kept on going bravely. We had good views of Grasmere and Easdale Tarn. We didn't meet too many people en route but there was a lot of rogue chat on channel 7, especially from two teenage girls, whom Ashley tried to engage over the airwaves. This prompted us to change channel, whereupon we started receiving a lot of noise from Ron’s walkie talkie. Ashley had his big black camera with him.

We found a sheltered lunch spot up high where there was a heated debate in which we concluded unanimously that the appreciation modern art, aka the Tate collection currently in the Baltic, was largely a case of “admiring the emperor’s new clothes”.

Michelle and Ashley engaged in a frank exchange of views over the descent route. We took our second break in a somewhat boggy spot in the valley. Sandy then wandered off on her own down the wrong side of the burn, followed by George, who was intent on keeping an eye on her. Because the rocks were so slippy it wasn't possible to cross and rejoin the others until they found a small footbridge further down. It was generally very wet and boggy underfoot.

Post perambulatory refreshments were taken at the Lamb, the bar of the Sun Hotel in Grasmere. No teacakes were available so Ashley had to make do with two scones. Michael and Michelle sampled the local beer (Hawkshead Red) – nutty and bitter.


Birds: Lots of robins and kestrels.

Butterflies/insects: Lots of flies.

Mammals/others: Three red squirrels. A not fully matured white bull. Several large and well-endowed Herdwick tups.


Carts Bog: the usual good food. Nice and warm inside.

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