Easter in Eskdale: Monday 1st April

Pics contributed by Simon, Lou, Anni, Christine, Christina, and Paul.

The last full day of this year’s IOG Easter trip was more appropriate weather for the Lake District – we woke up to clouds and drizzle. But it didn’t dampen the group’s enthusiasm for getting out and about, although there were more “refreshment stops” planned into today’s activities.

Lou led a walk down the valley to an atmospheric abandoned Japanese-style garden called Giggle Alley…
…although clearly sheltering from the rain under a tree is no time for giggles!
Steve and Christine cycled to Wasdale Head and spotted this sign, leading to a discussion about the IOG’s averages for both walking and drinking!
Chris led a popular walk entitled “Four pubs and a cafeteria”!
There was some actual walking involved as well…
…and the River Esk was crossed several times with different bridges.
Rumour has it that one pub was closed, the cafeteria was actually attached to the second pub and the walk to the third pub was abandoned because of the rain. But they did make it back the pub nearest the house for a second time…
…leading to the most unusual sight of Simon with a half pint!
Some people took a detour to the (slightly scary) viewing platform above Stanley Force, an impressive waterfall in a beautiful gorge.
And finally, Alan (allegedly) took a slightly longer walk on our final day!

Despite the weather on the final day, it was a wonderful trip. Thanks to Sarah and Simon for all their hard work in organising it all.