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Ski Club of Manchester Spring Walks, Skiddaw, Sunday 1st May 2016

Reporter: Brian and Catherine Beardsall

Despite having received dire warnings about the weather we ventured bravely forth and assembled in the car park at the Old Saw Mill Tearoom. Twelve of us, accompanied by Dolly and Peddar, set off in gentle drizzle at 10.15. We walked up by Skill Beck with wooded slopes on either side. We had hardly been walking for twenty minutes when Vanessa and Dave received tragic news from home and had to leave the party.

The depleted group walked steadily on up to White Star where we turned north to climb more steeply over Carl Side and into cloud. Towards the summit the wind and rain increased and we had to trudge through 10 cms. of wet snow and Nigel sensibly fitted his crampons. The wind was fairly brisk at the top but was behind us and not driving into our faces. Unfortunately there was no view although the clouds parted teasingly for a few seconds every now and the giving us a glimpse of the landscape below. We descended towards Bakestall and stopped for lunch once we were sheltered from the wind. As we went down the weather improved and we left the cloud behind. Our route down was along Dash Beck until we reached the Cumbrian Way which led us down via Barkbeth and back to the tea room.

Stats: Distance 16k, Time 6 hours 15 minutes, Height gained 1062m
Walkers: Brian and Catherine Beardsall, Nigel Koenen, Paul Prentice, Brian Richardson, David Shepherd, Andrew Walker, Steve Wardle, Ruth Bacci, Iain Macintosh, Dave and Vanessa Miller

Thanks to Steve for leading another great day out and, of course, for the Eccles Cakes.

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