Rab, I hope my walk turns out as well as yours except for the heavy head. I'll be starting 20 April on a Wednesday and be out of the Lake District and back in Calif by the May bank holiday. I have most of my room reservations which seem to be easier to get in April than later.

Tom, I'm actually in Sonoma wine country, but love to go hiking in the Trinity Alps up west of Redding - great country but little known, although you can still hit snow walking in July.

Looking forward to some more great ales.