Wilmslow Express - - LAUGHING BADGER -

TOCKPORT Ram­blers en­joyed a well-planned week­end in Glen­rid­ding in the Lake Dis­trict.

On a beau­ti­ful spring Satur­day we had the choice of two walks, one of which in­cluded a boat ride on Ull­swa­ter with a pleas­ant walk back to Glen­rid­ding along the shores of the lake, and the other which in­volved the as­cent of three Lake Dis­trict sum­mits.

Some 16 hardy souls de­cided to go for the chal­lenge of the moun­tains. Start­ing from the car park in Glen­rid­ding, we walked up to the his­toric site of the Green­side lead mines, where the old mine build­ings have been con­verted to hos­tels.

At its peak, the mine em­ployed 300 men. The mine closed in 1962.

From the mine, we as­cended to Glen­rid­ding Com­mon, with the dis­tinc­tive pyra­mid­shaped moun­tain of Cat­stye Cam on our left, to even­tu­ally cross a small snow­field to the sum­mit of White­side Bank, at 863m (2,831 feet).

We had ex­ten­sive views of snow-cov­ered Helvel­lyn and the scram­ble of Swirral Edge to our left.

There fol­lowed a short and easy de­scent and as­cent of our sec­ond sum­mit, Raise, at 883m (2,890) where we stopped for lunch in the sun­shine with ex­ten­sive views of Lake­land peaks all around.

Af­ter lunch, we de­scended to the top of Sticks Pass, where we watched a few of the last skiers of the sea­son still mak­ing use of the per­ma­nent ski tow on the north­ern slopes of Raise.

A few of the most ag­ile of us made use of the re­main­ing snow by us­ing our mats as sledges, much to the amuse­ment of the oth­ers.

De­scend­ing Sticks Pass, we ar­rived at the orig­i­nal work­ings of the Green­side Mine, sev­eral hun­dred feet higher than where we started.

From here we had an easy as­cent to our third sum­mit, Sh­effield Pike, at 675m (2,214 feet), fin­ish­ing the walk back to Glen­rid­ding along the shores of Ull­swa­ter. The walk was 10.5 miles in to­tal.

Our group has a var­ied pro­gramme to suit all grades of walk­ers.

If you would like to join us, please visit our web­site at www.stock­port ram­blers.org.uk.

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