Activities 2020

Friday 13th March 2020  –  Eden Valley MC film night

George Hotel, Penrith  –  7.30pm

We have selected three films for the evening, they are all directed by Jen Randall who produces films through her company Lightshed Pictures. This is the first ever evening, exclusively showing Jen Randall pictures – a world first. The three films are

  • ‘Push It’  – climbing in Yosemite,
  •  ‘Mind Control’ – Hazel Findlay coming to terms with shoulder surgery and returning to climbing in Spain and
  •  ‘Home’ the 4 year human-powered adventure of Sarah Outen as she travels around the world by bike, boat and kayak.

22nd February 2020 – Exploring the other Borrowdale

7 demotivated walkers and 1 eager dog met up on a blustery Saturday to make themselves go out!  Starting from Huck’s bridge, we were pushed by the easterly up a refreshingly heathery Ashstead Fell and down the crags into Combs Hollow where we found some merciful shelter in the forest and signs of Goshawk in the many large pellets scattered about. On Castle Fell we were sent sideways and in circles by the gusts before reaching the shelter and making our way over to the pylons.

Here we picked up a track through ancient Alders, bedecked with lichen, finding a perfect picnic spot in a large Pine.  Following the Borrow Beck, we passed Low Borrowdale Farm then into High Borrowdale – owned by Friends of the Lake District where extensive upland planting has been undertaken.  Belinda was able to show off the tree cages that her apprentices had built before we turned uphill to the road in a fierce hail storm that made us glad to see the cars.  The cobwebs were well and truly blown away and back in time for the rugby.  Shame about the result….

2nd February 2020 February Social  – Bird Race

On an auspiciously palindromic date, nine gathered at the Monument, in Penrith for the inaugural EVMC bird race. 

Names were drawn from a hat and 2 teams departed on foot in opposite directions.  Phil’s team of Ron, Dorothy, Jane and Rona headed for Thacka Beck and Belinda’s team of Rosie, Chris, Robin and Rob aimed for Eamont Bridge.  At Thacka, the highlight was Snipe and later Tree Sparrow at a pre-arranged garden. Good spots!  All the species normally flocking on Phil’s bird feeders were conspicuous by their absence though the team had a nice sighting of a Greenfinch. 

The Eamont was raging so no birds there, that Belinda had been counting on, but the haphazard route the team took unearthed some unexpected bounty like Fieldfare, Nuthatch and a flock of Bullfinch.

Back at the George, Dorothy’s Keith joined us to choose the star species for a bonus point.  He chose Treecreeper as a favourite bird of his so Belinda’s team won with 28 species + 1 to Phil’s team with 23.  The main point was that everyone had a fun morning and discovered that Penrith is not bad for birds.  33 species spotted in total.  Thanks everyone for coming!

The following is a list of bird seen –  Greater Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Carrion Crow, Starling, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Jackdaw, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Rock Dove, House Sparrow, Black-headed Gull, Magpie, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Treecreeper, Rook, Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Song Thrust, Coal Tit, Fieldfare, Redwing, Kestral, Long Tailed Tit, Mallard, Moorhen, Snipe, Teal



…. or “How 5 get lost in the mist”

A car-full left Penrith in the rain and arrived high on the Nateby – Keld road in the mist.  For such a rubbish day – a good turnout! 

Undeterred, we set off on the path to the Nine Standards.  Apart from it wasn’t.  3 maps and 3 compasses bowed the superior knowledge of the GPS which said we were here not there.  Through a combination of experience, technology and bloody mindedness, we bog trotted to the top. Which we found 3 times – the trig point, the viewing point and the nine standards, which are magnificent, unlike the view. 

We saw nothing anywhere but, following the ridge off, experienced the delight of the cloud lifting and the view appearing and as if by magic we knew where we were.  Ending up on the Keld road, we found we were fine at navigation after all and walked our way back into Cumbria.

At Kirkby Stephen we celebrated our reunion with the car at a tea shop with huge slabs of cake and vowed to return when the flagstones are laid and the sun is shining. 

Thanks to Ron, Andy, Gillian and Aki for a good day and keeping good humour.