We felt pretty lucky to have squeezed this one in, lockdown number 2 being announced on the final day of our tour. A fabulous week it was too, for so many reasons.
The group of 9 guests were as lovely as ever, but unusual, and good, that many were joining a Ramblers Walking Holiday for only the first or second time, and had discovered the Ramblers gem that is Hassness House so recently.
It gave me the opportunity to lead (for the second time) with my husband Tim, and yes, it’s official, I really am enjoying leading with him. I’m loving the way we seem to bring different styles and approaches together and it feels very relaxed and easy. This bodes well for future leads.
My wonderful sister, Jenny, joined the holiday too, her first time on one of my tours. As a lifelong ‘never will go on a group holiday’ independent traveller, she had a splendid time with the group and with the walking and is threatening to come back for more.
Our walks were in very mixed conditions. Haystacks in the hail (but with great views). Rannerdale Knotts, the perfect fell in miniature. Very wet Loweswater (but the Kristile Inn was mighty fine) and the lovely Borrowdale/Watendlath loop in the sunshine.
Hassness was as cosy as ever, we loved the cosy fire and massive piles of food.
We all went on a fascinating tour of the Honnister Slate mine, learned and saw the history, and everyone received their very own carefully selected piece of slate at the end of the week. Thanks all, it’s set me up with lots of happy thoughts to carry through this next lockdown.