Day 30 - Outward Bound Ullswater at Lake Ullswater, Lake District, UK (day2)

Backpacking to Stranraer, Scotland from 21 May to 26 June 2014 (37days)
Carol the driver and Catherine checking the Motorola walkie talkie before the start of our journey.

Day 30 (19.06.2014 Thu) – day 2 to Outward Bound Ullswater at Lake Ullswater, Lake District
Today our mission was to fulfill Allan’s ultimate dream and that was to visit The Outward Bound Mountain School, in Lake Ullswater where he attended the Course U39 and U40 in 1959 as a visiting staff instructor.

Getting there was a 42miles eastward drive from Swallow Barn passing by Lake Loweswater to Lake Crummock Water and driving through the Newlands Pass onto Braithwaite. From Braithwaite we traveled on road A66, A5091 and road A592 to Lake Ullswater. Upon arrival at the school we went in to the office to check if there is any record of Mr Val Allan. The admin staff were very friendly and gave a photocopy of the very old documents typed written by the late Mr. L.W. Davies the Squadron Leader Warden. 

The return journey was taking lunch at Dalemain Estate, drive to Keswick and on road 5289 to Borrowdale to Loweswater.

Sleeping: Swallow Barn, Waterend Farm, Loweswater at GBP9.50 pp
The country road beside Crummock Water.

A short distance down the road Crummock Water comes into view and it is a spectacular sight. At the beginning of Crummock water is Latwhaite wood which rises up from the bank of the lake and continues steeply down.

Crummock Water is 2.5 miles long, 0.75 miles wide and is 140 feet deep.

Leaving the lake we travel alongside the lake towards Buttermere.

The small picturesque Church of St James is situated above the village of Buttermere at the junction of Honister and Newlands passes.

The original chapel was consecrated in 1507, while the present building dates from 1840 and was restored in 1930.

The Newlands Pass is a 3mile-long road running along a ledge above the Newlands valley from Buttermere to the village of Braithwaite, near Keswick.

The highest point is Newlands Hause, 333 metres (1093 feet), where there is a car park, and a short walk to the Moss Beck waterfalls.

A Herdwick sheep at Newlands Pass.

Looking down to Newlands Hause (the highest point on Newlands Pass). The left side leads down to Newlands Valley and the right hand side leads down to Buttermere.

Descending to Newlands Hause and continued our road journey.

An emotional Val Allan was very happy to get back to the school he last visited in 1959.

Ullswater, The Lake District - Set in 18 acres of woodland at the heart of Wordsworth country, the Ullswater outdoor education centre is based on the north shore of the lake.

The late Sqn Ldr Lester Davies, a pilot, mountaineer and mountain-rescue leader: born Wye, Kent 8 August 1919; Warden, Outward Bound Centre, Ullswater 1957-81; MBE 1979; Warden, Kinarut Outward Bound School, Borneo 1981-90; married 1942 Anne Pilbeam (two sons, and one son deceased); died Eskdale, Cumbria 20 September 2003.

The school accommodates 120 people in bunk rooms with bathrooms and others have toilets and showers adjacent to rooms. Group Leaders: Separate accommodation in rooms of 2-4 people.

Standing beside me is the present school warden and he gave us permission to walk around the school.

Tears of joy running down from Allan's eyes.

The staff brought out two old photos of 1959 for us to see if Val Allan is in.

School facilities: canoe centre, seminar and games room, shop, drying and dining room, student lounge with TV, telephone and vending machines.

We could see how happy Allan was in his face, imagining standing there in 1959.

We walked around the school compound and looked at the 12ft wall obstacle course.

The spider web team building course.

The fear factor long tunneling obstacle course.

Anchoring of ropes and for belaying ropes.

These are the school high ropes course.
These are high ropes course on another large tree.
Betty Ching standing beside a gigantic old pine tree.
Norman and Allan walking towards the beach front.

This place is used for campfire and also the last outdoor gathering at the end of courses.

Val Allan talking with an instructor.

Trainees preparing for sailing with an instructor observing.

Participants can canoe or kayak on the lake, and enjoy a stay in high mountain lodge as part of an expedition to climb Helvellyn - one of The Lake District's highest peaks.

This is the house for boats during winter.

At the jetty overlooking the beautiful lake.

The lake is regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in The Lake District National Park.

A photo taken with an instructor for remembrance.
Dalemain Estate near Ullswater has been the home of the Hasell Family for eleven generations, the most recent becoming Hasell-McCosh after the death of Robert Hasell-McCosh's mother who was the last Hasell.

Visitors can discover and enjoy four centuries of history, five acres of celebrated gardens, historic parkland.

We had lunch at the Tea Room served in the Mediaeval Hall Tearoom. Dalemain is home to 'The World's Original Marmalade Awards & Festival' held annually in March.

The Great Barn, situated in the courtyard at Dalemain, was built in the 1500s and is one of the largest and most impressive loft barns in the north of England. The roof height was raised in 1685 by order of Sir Edward Hasell.

The barn, which has a monastic feel, now houses the agricultural and fell pony museum on the upper floor.

This museum is an exceptional collection of agricultural implements which have only become outdated through the mechanisation of the last seventy years.

It is full of various equipment, from carts and ploughs to hand tools and bric-a-brac of a bygone country life.

It is stuffed full of the most extraordinary range of things seldom seen nowadays but which bring back nostalgic memories of past-times.

Visited Keswick an English market town in the Lake District.

At Booths supermarket in Keswick.

The Honister Pass is a mountain pass in the Lake District. It is located on the B5289 road in the valley of Borrowdale to southern end of Buttermere.

The Honister Pass viewed from Honister Slate Mine.

Fleetwith Pike is a fell beside Honister Slate Mine which reaches a height of 648 metres.

The Honister Pass is a mountain pass on road B5289 in the valley of Borrowdale to southern end of Buttermere.

Looking down the Honister Pass.

Buttermere Ayrshires Ice Cream parlour - The home-made ice cream from own herd of Ayrshire since 2002 served in traditional tea rooms in the heart of the Buttermere Valley.

After dinner I went for the 2.5hour 6km walk around Swallow Barn.

Just after passing by this farmhouse, I was chased by 3cows and I had to jump over a barb wire fence. One of barbed wire caught my long pant and tear it.

Click below to view daily adventures:
Day 01 (21.05.2014 Wed) – MH16 KUL/AMS 2355hr – 0655hr on 22May
Day 02 (22.05.2014 Thr) – Amsterdam City, Holland
Day 03 (23.05.2014 Fri) – Amsterdam Zaanse Schans Village (21km)
Day 04 (24.05.2014 Sat) – KL.1477R AMS/GLA 1535hr - 1605hr Glasgow Airport
Day 05 (25.05.2014 Sun) – Stranraer, Scotland

Day 06 (26.05.2014 Mon) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan
Day 07 (27.05.2014 Tue) – Portpatrick and Mull of Galloway Lighthouse (58km)
Day 08 (28.05.2014 Wed) – Lide supermarket (2.8km) and Museum
Day 09 (29.05.2014 Thu) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (56km)
Day 10 (30.05.2014 Fri) – Kirkland Fishery Farm in Leswalt (4.6km)

Day 11 (31.05.2014 Sat) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (60km)
Day 12 (01.06.2014 Sun) – Trekking 20.8km Loch Ryan Coastal Path
Day 13 (02.06.2014 Mon) – A free and easy rest day
Day 14 (03.06.2014 Tue) – To Robert Burns Cottage at Alloway (78km)
Day 15 (04.06.2014 Wed) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan

Day 16 (05.06.2014 Thu) – A trip to the Giant Causeway (153km) by coach
Day 17 (06.06.2014 Fri) – Trekking 4km Ardwell Pond, Ardwell Bay (18km)
Day 18 (07.06.2014 Sat) – Our ladies went shopping in Ayr (72km)
Day 19 (08.06.2014 Sun) – Visiting Isabelle/Robert in Newton Steward (50km)
Day 20 (09.06.2014 Mon) – Overnight stay at Fishing Station, Lady Bay Loch Ryan

Day 21 (10.06.2014 Tue) – Visited a farm using automated milking
Day 22 (11.06.2014 Wed) – Day 1 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 23 (12.06.2014 Thu) – Day 2 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 24 (13.06.2014 Fri) – Day 3 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 25 (14.06.2014 Sat) – Day 4 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland

Day 26 (15.06.2014 Sun) – Day 5 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 27 (16.06.2014 Mon) – Allan and Pauline 50th wedding anniversary
Day 28 (17.06.2014 Tue) – Mysterious beach walk at Loch Larbrax, Scotland
Day 29 (18.06.2014 Wed) – Lake Loweswater, Lake District, UK (day1)

Day 30 (19.06.2014 Thu) – Outward Bound Ullswater, Lake Ullswater (day2)

Day 31 (20.06.2014 Fri) – Return from Lake District (day3)
Day 32 (21.06.2014 Sat) – Our last visit to the bothy at Lady Bay
Day 33 (22.06.2014 Sun) – A farewell dinner hosted by Margaret Modrate
Day 34 (23.06.2014 Mon) – A farewell tea hosted by Vera Little

Day 35 (24.06.2014 Tue) – To Glasgow for a night stay for next day flight

Day 36 (25.6.2014Wed) Glasgow 6am to Amsterdam 8.40//MH17 12noon to KLIA
Day 37 (26.06.2014 Thu) – MH17 touched down at KLIA at 6.20am.

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