Sunday, 2 October 2011

Fix The Fells Social Event

October was the time for this years Fix The Fells social party. It gives Staff from the partnership organisations a chance to say a big thank you to the volunteers who work hard maintaining the Lake District fell paths.
This years venue was Ullswater and a sail on the Ullswater Steamers followed by a 7 mile hike to Silver Bay for a feast.

We set sail from Glenridding on a beautiful hot sunny Saturday, very warm for this time of year. Our destination was Howtown to the north.

 The Boat was packed with visitors enjoying the fine warm weather. We managed to find a quiet area at the front of the boat to enjoy our sail.

Tim and Ruth enjoying the ride and pretending to be Pirates of the Caribbean.

                                         Fantastic views                                         
 We reached Howtown at around 11.30am and Howtown is about three and a half miles from Pooley Bridge and is best reached by water. The Ullswater steamers regularly stop there on their way from Glenridding at the southern end of Ullswater to Pooley Bridge at the northern end of the lake.
The name Howtown means "farmstead on the hill". The place name is from the Old Norse word haugr, meaning "hill" or "mound", and the Old English word tün, meaning "town".

 We started our 7 mile walk back along the Eastern shores of Ullswater heading for Silver Point and then back to GlenRidding.


 A welcome break for the team
Lakeland’s most beautiful lakeshore walk - stunning views of the Ullswater Valley and Helvellyn range.


A small stream flowing between banks of juniper from Silver Crag marks the change from woodland to more open fell side and Silver Point. Silver Bay is in the foreground and our destination for dinner.

Tim heating up the barbecue

 Dinner time Fix The Fells style

More food arrives from the volunteers rucksacks, cake, 
cake and more cake. What a feast fit for a king.

After all the great food, it was time to sit back and enjoy the views. 

A dogs life

A round up on this years achievements and our chance to say thank you.

Most of the food found a home!

With our tummy's full it was time to head back to Glenridding. A fantastic day was had by all. The weather had been kind, rather hot at times but definitely better that rain. Roll on next year.

We followed the path towards Patterdale which gradually turns into a farm track with a wall on the right, over which you can see Glenridding and the Steamer pier on the opposite side of the lake, our starting point this morning.

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