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18th to 20th October Weekend at Carrock Fell Youth Hostel

18th to 20th October 2002 Dent Weekend at Carrock Fell Youth Hostel
Which way Dad? ( Outside the hostel on Saturday).
Dave Hall and Fred Lloyd on the track up to Skiddaw House
Don Black and Phil & Georgia Cunningham.
Getting nearer to Skiddaw House.
Ben Broom and David Hall sitting outside Skiddaw House Hostel
Crossing the ford
Lunch time outside the Pub at Uldale
Lunch time on the Sunday Ride.
On the “Old Coach Road” on the Sunday Ride.
Ride report by Simeon Orme
After the sad occasion of Bob Harrison’s funeral the previous Thursday, ten members of the Fellowship stayed at the hostel on Friday night. We were joined on Saturday morning by Phil Cunningham, who had driven up with daughter Georgia.

From the hostel we headed down the valley to Mosedale and then up through Swindale to the start of the bridleway (part of the Cumbria Way) to Skiddaw House. We made our way slowly to the highest hostel in England with stops to look at the many mountains in Skiddaw Forest on this sunny day. At the hostel we stopped for a coffee break which some decided to expand to lunch. After quick look around the hostel we continued along the Cumbria Way to Whitewater Dash where we were honoured with a fine view of Cumbria Coast and across to Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. With the President (Pat Lloyd) in the lead, we dropped down to the tarmac and just made the pub at Uldale with five minute’s spare before closing time. We ordered soup and coffee and sat outside in the sun.

After lunch we carried on to Caldbeck where the group split up. Most of the party followed the President, who wanted to try out a new track she wanted to do, while from past experience of her late afternoon tracks I thought a return to the cafe looked the best bet, and was join by Phil and Georgia. I was proved right; the others arrived back hour after us to report that the track started OK but there had been a landslide in the middle and it was very muddy. After enjoying afternoon tea we returned to the hostel via Hesket Newmarket to enjoy an evening of chat and a show of member’s slides.

Sunday saw storm clounds gathering in Southern England, so Derek Fouracres headed home and Phil took Georgia to Ambleside to buy her warmer clothing. The rest of us sampled the delights of the Old Coach Road via Dockeray where the Area Secretary bought the morning coffee. Don Black left us at lunchtime for Kendal and the train while the rest of us made it back to the hostel still dry.
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