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Gallery 2018 - September

Greater spotted woodpecker
Kendal wall
Due to the re-measuring of a borderline height, England now has a new 2,000ft top. Unnamed on OS maps, it has been given the name Miller Moss and lies between Great Lingy Hill and Knott in the northern fells. A good ascent route is via Roughtengill.

Towards the end of the month, Cumbria was on the edge of storm Ali as it swept through Ireland and southern Scotland.

This view of spray being whipped up on Derwentwater is from Nichol End.

This view is from the east side of the lake

Working Weekend

Another good weekend with lots of jobs completed

The newly laid floor in the Womens dormitory
Kevin trimming the Ladies dorm door assisted by Gavin and Peter
Alec checking and servicing the gas hobs
Emma and Matt painting a down spout
Colin and Richard mending part of the boundary fence, watched by Ollie the dog.

Mid-week Walk - Helm Crag summit and Far Easedale

The aim of the walk was to stand on the actual summit of Helm Crag. Most members will have been on the fell, but few will have actually stood on its rocky summit, and hence technically 'not ticked it off'.
Seven members caught the 555 bus in Kendal, to meet up with another six in Grasmere. Tony was without Sue due to a damaged tendon first experienced whilst trekking in the Ecrin - get well soon Sue. Graham and Irene joined the group for coffee but not for walking as Graham was also injured with a damaged ankle - get well soon Graham.
Mick had planned the walk to start with coffee in the Heaton Cooper Gallery. He then led us up Helm Crag in the damp low cloud, and lunch was taken between the 'lion' and the 'lamb'. Due to the rock being damp and slimy, no one ventured to the top of the 'lion', saving the experience for another time. Then on along the ridge in improving weather, traversing Gibson Knott and Rough Crag, before dropping down into Far Easedale and the return to Grasmere. Thanks to Mick for the walk.

Below having coffee in the Heaton Cooper Studio.
Left hand table from the top clockwise: Maja standing, Norman, Clare, Angie, Hugh taking the photo, Tony, Graham, Irene, Mick, Les.
Right hand table from the left clockwise: Graham, Jan, Mike, Ruth, with Frank off the photo.

At the start of the ascent of Helm Crag
On the way up Helm Crag
On the first top - The Lion
Descending from the first top
Lunch, with the first, southern top, behind.
The main top, variously called 'the Howitzer' and 'the Old Lady playing the Organ', depending on where its viewed from below..
The main top, with most members convincing themselves that it was far to wet and greasy to attempt an ascent, but Jan just making sure.
A rainbow seen from near Rough Crag
On Calf Crag
The view down Easedale
Lovely Easdale Beck in Greenburn Bottom on the return journey.
Maja spotted this spider which she thinks may be a 'four spotted orb weaver'.

Rods Legacy Walk from Howtown

When Rod Muncy died (see News March 2017) he left a legacy of £2,500 to be spent equally on social activities and High House maintenance. At the end of the month, part of the social legacy was spent on this activity in his memory. Rod's last Wainwright was The Nab (see News August 2010) so this meet was designed to take the Ullswater ferry from Glenridding to Howtown, do a series of walks, and return to Glenridding on the ferry, with Rod's legacy paying the ferry costs.
Thanks Rod for enabling an excellent day.

Rod in happier times on a club meet in Newtonmore in 2011 sharing the summit of Cairngorm with other Fellfarers.
27 people boarded the ferry in Glenridding
Approaching Howtown
One group ascending the slopes of Wether Hill out of Fusedale, with Pikeawassa/Steel Knotts behind
Looking down on Howtown Bay from Brock Crag, with Hallin Fell on the left
Looking up Martindale from the slopes of Cotehowe, with Rods last Wainwright, The Nab, in the centre
Angie sketching at the delightful Martindale Old Church
Warming up down below on the return ferry journey
The day was rounded off with 24 members and guests having a meal in the Eagle & Child in Staveley.
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