Duddon Valley Meet Report

The recent Duddon Valley meet was very well supported with 12 members plus 2 children and also mostly, good weather!  Not bad for a bank holiday!  Those in attendance at the Beckstones Hut were Ian and Dee, Nick and Becky, Mike and Annie, Angie, Paul & Isobel; Dave Stephenson, Nigel Harris, Jim Hastings, Stephanie and Anthony; and a bottle of Port!
Saturday saw most of us go to a newish crag – to us anyway – not far from Wrynose summit.  The crag was Long Scar which had great views of Crinkle crags and the Coniston Fells looking southwards.  The crag was essentially a single pitch cliff with a good selection of middle grade routes on excellent rock.  The weather was dour and sunless so not very warm for homo sapiens!  A late afternoon stop off at the Newbridge Inn in Seathwaite was a veritable haven before Dinner at Beckstones.  Dow Crag was also visited by Nigel, Dave and Jim and a good multi pitch route was completed.
At Beckstones various people passed their firelighting badge which was invaluable in heating an otherwise cold livingroom/kitchen!
Sunday was a very damp drizzily day and one sensible family group headed off to Eskdale and the Ratti Railway.  Two children also had a ride with a local Huskey dog plus other delights near the Boot terminus – Fire eating for example.  A small but select party of 3 went off hunting for a bottle of Port!  Having found it they then sheltered in a country park in nearby Millom!  Others explored a wonderful Coffee Shop in Broughton and later on went on a lovely circular walk from Beckstones itself.  A group Dinner in Broughton completed the day.  The food was particularly good!
Monday dawned bright and clear and most folk went to Wallowbarrow Crags where several multi-pitch climbs were completed.  The warm sunshine all helped performance by gradually drying up the wet spots!!
All in all a great long weekend very well supported.  Roll on next time.
Cheers
Mike

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