Duddon Hut weekend 6th/8th March 2020

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Due to reports of snowy weather conditions around the Helvellyn area, Godfrey, Humph & Phil set off from Patterdale on Friday morning to do some winter climbing on Red Tarn Crag. After scaling Gully 2 to reach the Helvellyn summit shelter, the group descended a very steep bank of firm snow to reach Swirral Edge for the return to the Hole in the Wall and Patterdale, arriving there around 6-45pm.

On Saturday the group parked south of Kiln Bank between Seathwaite and Broughton Mills to walk via Stickle Tarn, Stickle Pike, Great Stickle and Scrithwaite Farm to the Blacksmith’s Arms in Broughton Mills in very low cloud and light drizzle. The return was made via Lind End, Carter Ground and the bridleway to the south of Raven’s Crag.

After leaving the hut on Sunday morning, a large party drove to the car park near Birks Bridge in the Duddon Valley to take the steep track via Brandy Crag to the top of Harter Fell. In very blustery and misty conditions members made a hasty retreat from the summit rocks to descend southwest to the forest plantation, then took the bridleway through the trees beneath Kepple Crag and Brandy Crag back to the car park.

Many thanks to Ellen & Allan and Pam & David for coordinating the meet and to all those who donated the array of wonderful dishes we enjoyed on Saturday evening.

Godfrey.

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