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Upholland Scouts caught up in Cumbria floods

7 December 2015

A group of 13 Scouts and Leaders from Upholland were caught up in the Cumbria floods on 5 & 6 December.

The Scouts were staying in a camping barn at Rosthwaite when the torrential overnight rain flooded the Borrowdale valley on Saturday 6 December. Deciding to leave early for home the Group couldn’t leave Borrowdale via Keswick due to flooding of the whole valley bottom. Leaving Rosthwaite at 11.00hrs on Saturday the group made for Buttermere via Honister but were baulked by landslips and flooding and so became stranded in Buttermere for the night.

Unable to return to Borrowdale or obtain accommodation at the Youth Hostel or Hotel, Brian Wood from the Ramblers Hotel, Hassness House, which was closed for the winter, opened up the hotel and let the Scouts sleep in the hotel lounge and use the kitchen to cook their dinner and breakfast before leaving safely for home the following morning.

John Lechmere, the party Leader, who has been a Scouter for 25 years, said on returning home, ” We had 9 boy and girls Scouts with us and were concerned to get them to safety as their parents would be watching the flood news and getting concerned. Having reached Buttermere and not able to progress further we were disappointed not to be able to get into the Youth Hostel, which was full, so The Ramblers really saved the day for us when their manager Brian opened up the hotel . I’ve never been in this position before but he situation was saved by the kindness of strangers”

The photograph shows the Group with Brian leaving from Hassness House after a warm dry night.