A February Drain Run
After a recent fall of snow, the roads were at last clear and driving easy. The hills and high tops we can manage but icy roads are scary. It was no surprise to see that most who’d booked on the drain run were there at the Ullswater shed. The Kirkstone pass was still closed preventing one from coming but the rest of us decided to do Gowbarrow.
We had a great day in the snow – cold with sunshine and blue skies. One of those days where it is good to get out and not sit by the window saying “shall I go or not? “ We managed to find most of the drains which says a great deal about the expertise of some people – a mere glimpse of a straight edge and they were digging the snow out to get at the stones and other debris in the drain. The pitching was more difficult but we will be back another day.
At coffee time we scooped out seats in the steep snow slope which proved more comfortable than they sound, with arm rests and a grand aerial view of Ullswater, and a few snowballs thrown in to the mix.
At the bottom Aira Force has paths on either side of the water, so we split up and met at the new shop where a lady gave us free drinks. We gave donations for the red squirrel food.
You could argue that we should have left the drain run until we could see the path but then this does not happen that often and like terriers we sniffed out most of the drains which will then be clear when the snow melts. We had a good day out.