If you are thinking of venturing onto the hills then you should take crampons with you at the moment as the snow is laying ontop of ice. We went up onto Scafell Pike on Saturday and the ice was on the footpath going up the Corridor Route so we needed to use our Kahtoola's. These, by the way are very good walkers crampons which are quick to fit and stay snugly in place. You can find them in most of the Keswick outdoors shops. They are ok for walking on the fells and if you are not contemplating any ice climbing then they are adequate. We even used ours in town last winter as our road had a thick sheet of ice on the pavements where the snow quickly compacted into a skating area. Don't forget a head torch too as we passed a group going up towards the top at a time of day when we were coming down knowing we had left ourselves plenty of time before dusk. They would almost certainly have to use head torches on their descent and it really is the case that getting onto the hills early rather than later is what you should plan for. Mind you on Saturday our biggest problem was getting the car to Seathwaite and then hoping we would be able to get back again! No photos on this trip folks as we did not have time to indulge given the goal and the conditions.
Please book them either by email or telephone if you want to participate. Note you do not have to pay until the day of the walk and all walks are £15 & half price for children under 16. Transport to be arranged.
Monday 27th December Blencathra (10am start at the Moot Hall) P & L
Tuesday 28th December Grisedale Pike (10am start at Braithwaite) CC
Wednesday 29th December Skiddaw & Ullock Pike (10am start at the Moot Hall) A & H
Thursday 30th December Helvellyn (10am start at the Moot Hall) P & L
Friday 31st December Catbells, Maiden Moor & High Spy (10.15 start at the Theatre By the Lake) CC
Just joking, coz no, we are not changing our name, it's too famous; when you need a Keswick walking guide it has to be Keswick Rambles. Shall I tell you why? Well actually, I don't have to because you do that for us, you our clients keep telling us that we are the best guides. So I want to thank you all for being such sports and coming out with us this past season. Our walkers were sometimes singles and some of you were couples and many of you were groups but we all mixed well together and the chatter flowed. Yes that is the secret of a good walk, not just the scenery but the conversations and the friendships to be made. We love talking to you all and it shows. I also need to remind you that our Christmas guided walks from Keswick Moot Hall will be appearing soon, so keep a watch out but meanwhile, if the weather is getting you down, here is a shot of me and Bella on Scafell Pike in blissful sun, bye for now.