Wainwright Club – Sunday 26th September 2021

Written by Mr Silk

The second jaunt of the Wainwright Club brought us somewhat changeable weather but was no less fun for all that. 

We got to see a much fuller range of weather than last time, with sun, wind, rain and rainbows all present on a day that saw us tick off another 4 of the Wainwrights. 

We began from a layby just north of Loweswater and made a circular route, taking in 4 peaks.  After a slog to the top of the first hill, Burnbank Fell, we then moved on to Blake Fell with not even a somewhat aggressive headwind impeding our progress. 

The third peak was Gavel Fell and the gavel was firmly beaten to mark the onset of a sit-down lunch on what was a damp seat on an ever-darkening day.  The corollary was a rather shortened lunch as the rain settled in and a decision to push onto Hen Comb. 

Unfortunately, on the way to the next fell, one of the party came down with significant pain in their hip and we made the decision to bypass the last fell.  I did offer the party the chance to hotfoot it up to Hen Comb but only Mr Gribble and Philipp S took up the challenge. 

A rather breathless ascent was followed by a jog down to rejoin the party for the stumble to the endpoint and a welcome pick up by minibus. 

Overall about 9 miles walked and 700m climbed.  Another great day out and, near the end, we were even able to surprise me with a cake for my birthday.  Not many people get the joy of a birthday cake on the fells on their special day. 

Thanks go to Miss Popescu and Mr Gribble for accompanying us and we look forward to the next iteration with plans to conquer the high point of England – Scafell Pike.

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