Having helped Gordon Johnson complete “the crossing” at the end of August we had the perfect excuse and, indeed, an invitation from Gordon to attend the dinner. In many ways it marks the end of summer; Joss goes off to Spain not long afterwards, October half-term is almost upon us and not only are the days shorter they are noticeably colder.
On the Sunday morning Joss leads a very gentle stroll up over Buckbarrow and unlike last year we enjoyed a morning of exceptional clarity. The high tops of Snowdonia were clear to the south west and the Isle of Man seemed even closer than yesterday and just a little further north the Mourne mountains in Ireland could be seen.
Gordon clearly has a sense of occasion and having saved Buckbarrow to be his 214th and final “Wainwright” he celebrated with a surprise bottle of champagne before receiving Joss’s congratulations.