18th-21st April – Walk leader and report: Nathan Hughes
Guided Walks: Scafell Pike, Langdale Pikes and Helvellyn Via Striding Edge
3 Guided Walks in 4 days with almost perfect weather the whole time. We kicked off with Scafell Pike with the Heart Family who were doing this on one of their many regular visits to the lake district The views from the top were stunning with clear views over to the Isle of Man and Morecambe Bay despite there being patches of snow on some of the north facing gullies on neighboring Scafell. Everyone was really enthusiastic and made good time around the route while still finding plenty of time to take in the stunning scenery around us.
Next off there was the Langdale Pikes With Jim and Emma, a lovely walk around one of my favorite valleys in the Lake District, which we extended to take in Angle Tarn and Bowfell for a long day in the fells for all but thoroughly enjoyable despite the weather not being quite as perfect as the previous day.
Talk on the decent to New Dungeon Ghyll turned to dinner and what we were planning on treating ourselves to once we returned with Emma planning what sounded like the world’s most expensive Ploughman’s Which would have been well earned by the time we got back down.
And finally after a day’s rest for me we Tackled Helvellyn via Striding edge with Frank and Renate. Conditions could not have been more perfect and we made a perfect traverse of Helvellyn up Striding Edge along the top and down Swirral Edge. We took Frank and Renate over terrain that was a little rougher than they were maybe used to, however the real sting in the tail was the final uphill to the top of Catseye Cam at the end of Swirral Edge in order to gain some fantastic views back over the area we had been walking over all day once again a fantastic days walk with a lovely couple enjoying the best the lake district has to offer.