Patterdale – March 2006



Hayeswater from Thornthwaite Crag


Wintry weather for the middle of March! This meet, held at the Cleveland Club’s Patterdale Hut had another good attendance.


Saturday was cold and cloudy, but mostly dry. Two parties set out – one going over Boredale Hause into Bannerdale and Martindale, and the other going via Angle Tarn on to High Street and Thornthwaite Crag. As the picture shows, there was a fair amount of snow on the tops.


This, however, was nothing compared to the following day. By Sunday morning the snow was coming in horizontally at valley level and some substantial drifts were forming. This curtailed Sunday’s activities to short, low level walks, either along the side of Ullswater or at Aira Force, before an early finish in view of the need to tackle the M.6 at Shap Summit, before it became blocked!