On the 28th May an intrepid group set out from Castlerigg Manor for the sponsored walk. Fr John had planned a challenging route, taking in some of the amazing Lake District landscapes, and the day lived up to expectations.
Each year Castlerigg Manor welcomes thousands of young people and fundraising helps us to keep the costs down to enable everyone to participate. The ten participants on the walk had a target of raising a thousand pounds each and, although money is still coming in, it looks like we are on target.
We left Castlerigg Manor by minibus, ready to set off from Grasmere. It was a beautiful sunny day and, although showers were threatened in the forecast, we barely saw a cloud all day. The route started out by climbing rapidly from Grasmere to Stone Arthur, a challenge in the heat, where the views over the valley opened out below us. From there it was up again to Great Rigg, and then on to Fairfield, where we could see ahead of us along the Helvellyn range. In the way was a sharp descent to Grisedale Tarn, passing a few people brave enough to try swimming, before climbing again to Dollwagon Pike.
From Dollywagon Pike the path continued to rise and fall, taking in Nethermost Pike on our way to Helvellyn, the highest point of the day. Continuing north, we left the tourists behind and found ourselves on the quieter peaks of White Side, Raise, Stybarrow Dodd, Watsons Dodd, Great Dodd, and eventually Clough Head. The heat of the day proved a challenge, and as we came to these latter summits water was in short supply (and not to be found on the ridges!). The final descent to St John’s in the Vale was steep and rocky, passing old mine workings before reaching the road and a car loaded with bottled water – a very welcome sight.
We were delighted to be joined on the walk by Bishop Paul, as well as staff from several of our schools. Everyone enjoyed the day and finished with a great sense of achievement. We’d walked 17.15 miles, climbed a total of 6,102 feet and reached the summit of twelve Lakeland fells. Along the way we had the chance to get to know each other, and spent a whole day in awe of the beautiful countryside around us.
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