Bob H organised a trip to the Lake District in June 2009 and here is his report:
"Forty members travelled to Grasmere on June 1st for a week's walking and sightseeing in and around the lakes. ￼The whole week was a great adventure, with perfect weather every day, sun and blue skies. The Hotel, Forest Side, was a bit like Fawlty Towers with new staff having only just arrived a day before, under new management, it was a bit chaotic at times. But added to the fun of not knowing what was next.
On day one we attempted to walk up the Kirkstone pass to the pub at the far end but ended up going via the road some of the time, though not intentionally, as we had struggled up the slopes of Caudale Moor and in the baking sun and lack of path we had to abandon the walk half way up and take the short route back to the road, straight down the side of the hill, a difficult test for everyone. Thankfully all made it safely back to the Inn and enjoyed a good drink.
We also walked around Rydal Water, the lower slopes of Coniston Old Man, Coniston Water, had a ride on the Lakeside Steam Railway, and a sail on Lake Windermere. A small group of 13 even made it to the top of Helm Crag (Wainwright's "the Lion and the Lamb") overlooking our Hotel. The best meal we all had was at the Travellers Rest just on the road out of Grasmere, not the cheapest but good quality. A great group of people had a holiday we will all remember for a long time in different ways.
My thanks go to everyone who came and to everyone for coping with the situations we found ourselves in, well done to all."
The photo shows the Group with "the Lion and the Lamb" on the skyline. (Photo: J Marmoy)