Good Times.

Are we there yet? Group at start Happy Trio How the other half live Laughing Boys Magnificent scenery Watch your step Wonderful winter sunshine
GHYLL HEAD XMAS BASH 14/12/10 to 16/12/10

13 members including Reg the organiser attended the away break at Ghyll Head. The accommodation was excellent; warm,clean & comfortable with amazing uninterrupted views of Lake Windermere.

Two superb evening meals together with two hearty breakfasts were provided by Hilary & her team of helpers. Many thanks to them for providing such excellent food & to Reg for arranging the accommodation & leading the walk.

A special mention too for Norman our genial quizmastrer in the evenings. He managed with his usual aplomb to control three rowdy teams of quizzers all determined to win ' at all costs'. He even brought along two of his childhood games of bagatelle & battleship (soon to be seen on the antiques road show) which provided great entertainment. Hilary excelled at Bagatelle & was a worthy winner on the second round with a score topping 400. (Dave is modestly not mentioning that he won the first round easily!)

The walk Ghyll Head Xmas Bash 15/12/10

12 miles. Start 10am, Finish 4pm

14 walkers

After the usual group photograph with the stunning back drop of Lake Windermere Reg led us off up the road from Ghyll Head onto a track to Winster House.This gave us a chance to see how the other half lives as we viewed some superb properties set in their own extensive grounds.

The weather was surprisingly mild & hats gloves & layers of clothing were being dispensed as we trekked onwards carefully avoiding patches of ice.

After crossing the A5074 we headed south at which point Norman attempted to lead a splinter group of three in a different direction. The remainder of the group stuck with leader Reg & Norman & his motley crew of two decided to rejoin us after seeing the error of their ways.

After a quick coffee break we continued over minor roads & some long tracks over some delightful Cumbrian countryside to our lunch stop the Masons Arms at Bowland Bridge. A welcoming log fire was burning away in this beautiful country hostelry & soup & crusty bread together with a good pint of beer was enjoyed by the group.

After our lunch break the group split with Reg leading a low route back to Ghyll Head and Norman & Dave leading a higher route.The fine weather continued & great views were observed of the Lyth Valley & Lake Windermere.

Either by sheer fluke or good judgement the two groups met up a quarter of a mile from the finish & walked in together.Thanks Reg for providing a good route & a great lunch stop.

David Walsh.
Bagatelle action Bagatelle action Grubs up! Norman DID wash up (once!)