Peak bagging and the Larches

[This is a guest contribution by Susie Clitheroe, who stayed recently at The Larches with her family.]

We had another lovely week at The Larches over Easter and I had hoped that I could persuade one of my girls to write about it, but unfortunately they all were too busy with school. The photo opposite is an early morning view we had from the Belvedere of unusual cloud patterns in the valley with Skiddaw above.

We did some great walks during the week, including Whiteside and Hopegill Head, which was quite ambitious for our first day. I certainly thought so as I scrambled up Whiteside with three children, but looking down it seemed the only way was up and the collective sense of achievement felt as we reached the top, definitely made it worth it.

We’d been seduced into choosing that walk by the prospect of the ridge walk along to Hopegill Head and it didn’t disappoint, particularly because Hopegill Head was in the clouds by the time we reached there. (See photo opposite)

Other walks we enjoyed, included Castle Crag from Seatoller, Haystacks on a day with superb views (see bottom of the page) and of course Barrow which we climbed from The Larches. Some of us also ventured up to Go Ape at Whinlatter.

Our youngest is now eight and it is lovely to watch her confidence and enthusiasm grow each year in the Lake District. Two years ago Cat Bells was an achievement for her and now she is bounding up peaks almost twice as high.

I bought a GPS watch for running just before we went away; I had been thinking about it for a while and was eventually persuaded to do so by a friend who used his for walking too. It was fantastic in The Lakes, no problem with the satellite once it was locked in, and very useful to be able to give accurate progress updates when legs were tiring or to argue authoritatively if the distance given in the book was called into question.

Our week at the Larches seems like a fast receding dream so luckily we have consoled ourselves with booking again for next year.

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