18 April 2018
Don't miss out on Gummers How when you stay at Park Cliffe!
Gummers How is often missed out on when staying at Park Cliffe because it doesn’t reach the height of other more famous mountains in the Lake District, such as Helvellyn or Skiddaw. By no means am I discrediting both mountains. I can say from my own experience that these are well worth climbing and travelling to, despite the notorious country roads in the Lakes that makes them slightly awkward to get to.
As many people who travel up, and down, to the Lake District are aware, the weather here is unpredictable at the best of times. Even with the regular mountain weather forecasts you can drive for an hour and a half to reach the bottom of Scafell Pike and the fog may have set in and by the time you reach the summit. On these occasions the closest thing you’re going to get to a view of is your walking boots! At least there is a great pub back at the start to welcome you back.
So if you’ve not already got Gummers How on the cards to do whilst you’re staying with us here are three reasons why you definitely should:
Gummers How Summit
However, if you have read this having already visited Park Cliffe and not yet made the short trip up Moor How, the hill that lies behind the touring area, I am quite frankly ashamed and very disappointed! How could anyone possibly miss this out, and I expect you to take the short walk to the top the next time you come to stay!
There is no such thing as ‘not enough time’ to climb Moor How, or ‘the weather is too bad’. My record is just over 10 minutes to the top if you’re up for a short run in the Lakes, yet equally I have quite happily dawdled for 40 minutes walking to the top. I strongly encourage everyone who visits us to venture up Moor How.
Evidence that I have in fact reached the summit of Gummers How too!
So once you’ve conquered Gummers How, for a longer venture you should make a quick trip round Fairfield Horseshoe. Perhaps its fair to say a ‘less quick trip’ than Gummers How and more suited to a full days adventure, but nevertheless very worthwhile and a great factor about this walk is that you get an awesome view wherever you are on the walk.
Whatever route you choose, or mountain to climb, let us know in Reception or on our social media pages about how you get on!
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