Duddon Valley
27-31 August 2004


A basic but very pleasant campsite in walking distance of a decent pub – a good place to avoid the Bank Holiday masses.

Most people had more sense not to drive into the extra field across the beck with the muddy slopes in-between – which proved a source of entertainment when it was time to leave. Annie and Rob had found a secluded spot to themselves – we didn’t spot them till the next morning. In fact we seemed to end up with members scattered throughout the site.

On Saturday the climbers went to Dow Crag – a rather imposing/impressive multi-pitch crag. Most of us enjoyed some long easier classic routes whilst Rich and Jack were getting lost on the more serious stuff. Sunday’s rain saw a number of members make a hasty retreat back to York. Those remaining went out (when the rain eventually eased) as a large group on what was meant to be a shortish walk from the campsite to Harter Fell – which all seemed to take much longer than expected.

On Monday those climbing headed to Wallabarrow – a good place to go after the rain. Jacki was treated to a rather scary introduction into multi-pitch climbing. Meanwhile most of the walkers (Moffett’s, Margaret, Peter & wife & dog) headed along the ridge behind the campsite. Gordon T. was heading in the direction of Bowfell.