Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Raining June doesn't deter Friends

Raining June doesn't deter Friends

The Friends of RGS did not to let the dismal weather put them off as they headed to the Lake District for the Summer Walk earlier this month.
 
Despite the forecast not looking good, with optimism undimmed, the group of 17 boarded the coach and set off towards their final destination, with quick stops at Rheged and Braithwaite on the way.
 
Upon arrival, the Friends were delighted to see the rain had eased and visibility was better than expected. However, the planned ascent and descent of Newlands Horseshoe was deemed too risky in the wet, so after a short road approach and in steady drizzle, all walkers climbed companionably up Yewthwaite Gill which leads to the col at Hause Gate.
 
The rain continued to ease, and veering north, the ascent of Cat Bells afforded a panoramic view, albeit with some low cloud in the valley of Derwent Water. Retracing their steps to the col, the rain became more persistent which ensured a careful descent down the stone staircase. The group then turned north, following the contour of the valley.
 
A brief lunch stop just above Manesty Wood led to a short climb along a well-marked path, with the panorama of Derwent Water to their right. The Friends continued along the path which followed the lakeside, then walked via Stub Hill and Lingholm through Fawe Park and on towards Portinscale.
 
Much to their delight, in the early afternoon the rain stopped and the streets of Keswick led the group almost to journey's end, arriving adjacent to the famous pencil factory 30 minutes later. Three of the Friends had chosen to visit Keswick during the day and the others now went in search of pencils, pasties or tea or headed to the rendezvous at the Pheasant Inn.
 
The Friends returned safely to Newcastle around 6pm, with everyone agreeing they had thoroughly enjoyed the day, which had also seen them welcome ON, Russell Egdell, to the group.
 
As always, the Friends would like to say a big thank you to driver Hugh. Grateful thanks also goes to pre-walkers David Arnold, Harry James, Kevin Flannery , Colin Campbell, Malcolm Archer and DDS, to Barrie Bulch for some exemplary, competitive bus pricing enabling them to more than break even on the year, to Mark Bell who offered help with mapping and finally to all who walked convivially.
 
It was agreed David Arnold's excellent pre-walk description of the routes, their context and accompanying evocative photography also deserves a special mention.
 
The Friends Autumn Walk will be on Saturday 12th October probably to the College Valley in north Northumberland, leaving RGS at 8am. A pre walk will take place in late July or early August.
 
For contact or queries about this Autumn walk, or any future Friends walks, please email Duncan Stephen on d127stephen@btconnect.com or text/call 07768 720985.