Saturday 23 February 2013

A Pushchair Wander In Glenridding

Saturday 23rd February

A pleasant afternoon stroll in the wintry Glenridding valley

Distance: 7km; Ascent: 200m; Cold, overcast with snow showers; with Lynsey & Isabel

We were away in the Lake District, staying at Helvellyn youth hostel in Glenridding, for a weekend of short strolls (well you can only walk so far with a toddler!) We woke to persistent falling snow, although not much of it appeared to be settling down in the valley; therefore we decided to head out for a bit of a wander with the ATP from the hostel.

After a bit of a late start we headed off west up the valley to see how far we could get. We passed a bunkhouse with several RAF Mountain Rescue vehicles outside (presumably they were training in the area) before reaching a bridge over the river a short distance beyond, with good views upstream to the wintry hills beyond.

Looking up Glenridding Beck

Looking back down Glenridding Beck towards the youth hostel
It would have been nice to continue further up the valley, but due to the amount of ice on the path this seemed a bit unwise. Therefore we returned to the hostel for lunch before following Greenside Road down the valley, with good views of the nearby hills.

Looking up Glenridding from Greenside Road
We continued down into Glenridding village, where we stopped for a break in the Ramblers' Bar complete with a welcome pint of ale :-) There were good views of Place Fell across the lake from the village.

Place Fell above Ullswater
After feeling suitably refreshed we briefly browsed the few shops (picking up essentials such as milk & beer!) Then we walked back up the steep road towards the hostel, where we arrived late afternoon after a pleasant day.

N.B. 02/06/13 - Post date updated to actual date of walk, i.e. 23/02/13 (from 24/02/13) 

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