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.