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Gallery 2018 - May

Greater spotted woodpecker
Kendal wall

Evening Walk - A walk to Wray to look at scarecrows

Meeting up in Hornby, the eight members walked to Wray to admire the scarecrows in the annual scarecrow festival.

Below from left to right: Colin, Roger, Sue, Sandra being the scarecrow, Jean, Val C, Val H, Margaret, with Tony taking the photo.

A rainbow during the walk
Is there anywhere in England more wild and dramatic than upper Eskdale? Norman and Les heading for Scar Lathing with Scafell Pike centre background.

Mid-week Walk - Bowfell via the Climbers Traverse and the Great Slab

The middle of May saw a prolonged spell of high pressure giving lovely sunny weather, though there were rainy spells in Scotland. It was during this sunny spell that 13 members met up at the Stickle Barn car park in Langdale for a great day on Bowfell. With Mick shooting off up Mickleden to tick off a Wainwright route up Green Tongue, the other 12 trudged up The Band in the heat, meeting up with Mick where the Climbers Traverse path leaves the Three Tarns track. Lunch was taken at the start of the Climbers Traverse. Enjoying the walk along the 'narrow undulating path with some mild exposure', water bottles were topped up at the small water source debouching from the rock below the Great Slab.
The slab itself may be tackled up the main path which hugs the side of the slab giving little exposure. Others may choose to walk out onto the slab itself to experience the unique geological feature. All to soon the top of the slab is reached and the summit is attained.
Descent was made by Three Tarns and Buscoe Sike, giving great views of Hell Gill with its wonderful pools. People were divided on whether to round off the day with a drink in the Old DG or the Stickle Barn, so both were used. A great walk on a wonderful day.

Approaching the Old DG hotel with The Band in the background leading up to Bowfell. The great Slab can be made out as a sloping diagonal line underneath the summit.


Lunch at the start of the climbers traverse , with Bowfell Buttress right centre

Looking up the Great Slab. The main path leads up the side of the slab giving little exposure, but more adventurous people may opt to walk out onto the slab itself for a unique experience.
Ray found a particularly steep part of the slab on which to play (is this correct? - Ed)


This photo from Tony gives a good sense of the size and angle of the slab.

Looking down the slab, with Bowfell Buttress behind
One of those rare days where the summit can be enjoyed without wrapping up in warm clothing
The descent along Buscoe Sike leading to Hell Gill, with the beautiful shape of Pike O'Blisco behind
We have all been shocked by the unexpected death of Kati during routine surgery at the end of May. Kati was an enthusiastic supporter of club events in South Lakeland and in Borrowdale until ill-health curtailed her ability to walk any great distance. Even then she participated in the fun of the club’s 80th Anniversary challenges, still enjoyed the winter slideshows and always provided perceptive opinions in debate on club matters. She will be missed by many members and our thoughts are with Gary who, after less than three years of marriage to Kati, must be finding life very difficult at present.

We're so lucky in this area to have such a wide variety of eco systems within easy reach. Scout Scar is a wonderful place, and these two flowers were spotted by Angie.

On the left is a fly orchid and on the right a mountain everlasting.

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