Xmas run out to the Lake District

December report photo 2In between Christmas and New Year we arranged a run out in the Lake District taking in some of the “mountain passes” Due to the short days we decided to set off early and I was woken by the rain hammering on the bedroom window. Heath Briggs phoned at 7:30 to see if I was still going, which being R.O. I was. Heath and I headed up to the Forton service station on the M6 and were pleasantly surprised to see Tony and his son waiting for us, shortly after four more cars arrived. After a coffee we went on to the Crooklands Hotel to meet up with Brian Crewes and the South Cumbria members who were joining us. We then had a twelve car convoy, which considering the weather, was a brilliant turn out. We first tackled the Kirkstone Pass, the roads were fairly clear of snow on the way up, thanks no doubt to the snow plough that was parked at the summit. The decent was a little more exciting with slush and snow on every corner. We eventually made it up to Keswick where we left the A66 and ascended the Winlatter Pass which was very wet but devoid of snow. Lunch was taken at the Forestry Commission Osprey centre near the top of the pass. Whilst there Philip and Jeff, two TVR owners who lived in the area, popped in to say hello with Jeff joining us for the run round Buttermere and Honnister. From here on it went a bit wrong! The sat nav took us along a single track gated road needless to say when our twelve car convoy encountered oncoming vehicles we had a few problems. Eventually we made it to Buttermere and then went up the Honnister Pass which is spectacular in winter. From there we took the tourist road back through Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere. Most of the members then peeled off and made their way home but some of us ended up back at the Crooklands Hotel for a drink and final goodbyes. A very enjoyable run with great company and an excellent end to 2012.

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