The anticipation had been building for some time - where will we go? What will we wear? Will it be raining? Much like a school trip there was a certain buzz in the air as we looked forward to our Autumn Team Together Extravanganza!
It was a lovely dry morning - and following a hearty breakfast (thanks to the Hot Mango), the mini-bus arrived to take us to the start of our adventure. Is it far? How long will it take? Are we nearly there yet?
Luckily for us we live and work in one of the most beautiful places in the UK - so the answers were simple - no it won't take long and yes we are nearly there! And less than 45 minutes later with the sun shining we were indeed there.
Our red route started on The Cumbria Way at Oxen Fell and took us over Hodge close and then underneath Holme fell to High Tilberthwaite. Next we headed North below Betsy Crag and into Little Langdale with views of Bowfell & The Langadale Pikes then across Colwith beck via Slater Bridge and Catherdral Quarry to the enchanted public house known as The Three Shires Inn.
Here we enjoyed a lovely lunch accompanied by a few refreshing drinks. The Three Shires was awarded Tourism Pub of the Year in this years Cumbria Tourism Awards and the award plaque - as made by Chris Brammall - takes pride of place in the dining room of this stunning Country Inn.
And to finish off our very own quiz master Des took to the stage to test our knowledge about all things Chris Brammall and everything from movies and music to landmarks and literature.
Earl Scruggs (1924-2012) pioneered the three-fingered technique for doing what? (Answers on a postcard please).
Hodge Close Quarry
In we go.....
Cathedral Cave - WOW!
Looking back down into Cathedral Cave.
We made it - the view on exiting the tunnels of the quarry at Little Langdale.
Crossing the Colwith Beck via Slater Bridge. I think Andy is assessing the quality of the metalwork?!
Little Langdale Tarn and Wrynose Pass.
The Three Shires Inn at Little Langdale - higly recommended. Great food, friendly efficient service and wonderful surroundings.
The Three Shires Inn, Little Langdale. Tourism Pub of the Year 2017
Proudly displaying the awards plaque hand-crafted by Chris Brammall.
Quiz master - Des.
Picutre round - Chris Brammall projects can be found across the UK - how many do you recognise?