Feb 11 12
The rain stopped sometime in the middle of the night, but by the time we got up the atmosphere was still decidedly damp. We knew even Pavey Ark wouldn’t be dry. So, we decided to do a scramble… We chose Raven Crag in Yewdale as it’s close to the road and not too tricky on slippery slimey wet winter rock, plus as a bonus, Richard hadn’t been to that area of the Lakes before.
There was an opportunity on the ridge to do honour to the absent master of catalogue photo posing…
On the walk off we noticed what can only be described as giant sheep turds! Then found the real culprits…
We arrived at Hodge Close and had a poke about the in the cave linking it to Parrock Quarry. All the rock climbs were dripping or running with water – not a day for slate climbing! But if we get another big freeze, perhaps a place for some interesting ice-smear climbing?
After all that bumbling, scrambling, and fresh air it was of course time for cakes! Chesters at Skelwith Bridge served up its usual tasty morsels, even if we are quite disappointed that they have taken away the comfy chairs that used to furnish the café – it seems in favour of smaller chairs so as to cram more people in and therefore make more money!
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