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The Loft, Blea Tarn Farm: 14/15th January 2012 - Roger Finn

Over the course of the weekend, fourteen members assembled at various times to enjoy what was an excellent meet. The meet leader, Brian Guilfoyle turned up which in itself was something of a talking point, he having in the past pioneered the leaderless meet.

On Saturday the weather was beautiful with crystal clear skies but bitingly cold. The road up to Blea Tarn was a little hazardous in places and but could be negotiated with care. However all present decided to leave their cars in the yard and walk from the hut.

Various groups set off to do different things. Our leader, together with followers, walked to Red Bank along the fell tops to the north of Great Langdale and returned via Lingmoor. Yet another party wandered up Great Carrs and Swirl How before descending over Wetherlam to Little Langdale. This was a day of outstanding views with the Lakeland hills on dramatic display.

The senior Smiths appeared on Saturday evening exulting in Blackburn Rovers' triumph and rise from the Premier League relegation zone. A one way discussion about this went on long into the night until Mr Smith, an apologist for Blackburn's owners, the philanthropic and much maligned Venkys (Indian poultry giants) was told to cluck off.

Sunday saw the welcome arrival of Jim Cunningham. A large party ascended Pike O'Blisco via Red Tarn before dropping down to the Blea Tarn road. Another group included Cold Pike in their round. They then walked over the shoulder of Pike O'Blisco to Blake Rigg before dropping down the side of a steep gully to Blea Tarn.

Many thanks to Brian for leading the meet. Also Dave Lomas should be mentioned in dispatches for his outstanding repair of the water boiler.

Similarly thanks are due to Mark and Ian for repairing the surface of the car park and filling in part of a water eroded gully in the yard of Blea Tarn House.

I have not used The Loft for many years and staying there served as a reminder of its wonderful location. It convinced me that, if possible, we ought to continue the developments started by Josie and Bernard (and now the McClellands) and finish the job.