The Big Walk


On top of Haystacks

On top of Haystacks

Lizzie, 21, from Blackpool, writes: This year marked was the tenth year of the Big Walk. Unlike previous years of dismal weather and downpours, this year we had the added bonus of two full days of sunshine. Twenty-two young people met on the Friday evening at Honister Pass, staying the night in the Youth Hostel amidst the old slate mines and towering crags. The first morning of the Big Walk started off on a positive note: blue skies and sunshine everywhere! The ascent was gruelling, but the spectacular views made it all worthwhile. We trekked into Ennerdale, despite having lost Castlerigg’s dog Bosco along the way, and spent the evening relaxing around a fantastic meal prepared by the ladies of Cleator, a quiz and a bonfire. There was tea, biscuits and guitar music under the stars. The trek from Ennerdale to Cleator Moor was accompanied with clear skies the following day, and was made in record time. Spirits were high over the weekend, and we were lifted even higher when we had reached our destination. We are looking forward to next year’s Big Walk already!

Resting above Honister Pass

Resting above Honister Pass