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

Backpacking to Stranraer, Scotland
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.

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.