Thursday, 29 June 2017

Day 5 - Patterdale to Shap

Day 5 - Patterdale to Shap

16 miles
Start: 9am
Finish: 5:45pm

Stayed at New Ing Lodge at Shap. Ate at the excellent Shap Chippy - best fish & chips I've had in ages.

Route: Patterdale, Boredale Hause, Angle Tarn, The Knott, High Street, Kidsty Pike, Haweswater, Shop Abbey and Shap

A long and strenuous day across the eastern Lakeland ranges, then down to the shores of Haweswater, which went on and on and on...  The final stretch from Haweswater to Shap was nice, with waterfalls, meadows and undulating farmland, with Shap Abbey to finish. Shap feels positively metropolitan after the villages and hamlets of Lakeland. 4G signal, decent WiFi that works and a Costa Coffee from the Co-Op! Oh, and a great fish & chip shop (have I mentioned that?)

Just 20 miles tomorrow across to Kirkby Stephen, but at least there are no more mountains in the way!

Due to the weather, I only took a few photos with my phone and most with my GoPro, which I can't upload till I get back from this trip in 9 days time. So, more photos to follow...


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Day 4 - Grasmere to Patterdale

Day 4 - Grasmere to Patterdale

9 miles
Start: 9am
Finish: 2:45pm

Stayed at Side Farm campsite. Ate at the White Lion at Patterdale (excellent food, and great value)

Route: Grasmere, Grisedale Tarn, Grisedale and Patterdale

A straightforward and relatively easy day, with a lovely climb up to Grisedale Tarn, then down the length of Grisedale. 

Day 3 - Rosthwaite to Grasmere

Day Three - Rosthwaite to Grasmere
10 miles
Start: 9am
Finish: 3:45pm

Stayed at Glenthorne B&B, Grasmere. Ate in the evening at Tweedies Bar, Grasmere (excellent food and beer, but quite pricey!)

Route: Rosthwaite, Stonethwaite, Lining Crag, Greenup Egde, Far Easedale and Grasmere.

A challenging day on the Lakeland fells; persistent rain, streams in spate, 50 metres visibility and strong winds across Greenup Edge. At one point there were 10 additional people to the 10 people I was guiding across Greenup Edge (20 people in total!). One couple we met were lost, cold, tired, ill equipped and out of their depth; trainers, a light summer cagoule and only Wainwright's book are not sufficient to get you across the Lakeland mountains, especially in a storm. It ended up with a Mountain Rescue call out for this couple, who were in serious difficulties. Our group all got down safely to Grasmere. 

Due to the weather I took photos on my GoPro, which I can't upload until I finish the walk in 10 days time! Although I did take this photo just before we set off from Rosthwaite.

Day 2 - Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite

Day Two - Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite
16 miles
Start: 9:15am
Finish: 5:45pm

Camped at Borrowdale YHA and ate in the evening at the Riverside Bar (Scafell Hotel) at Rosthwaite

Route: Ennerdale Water shore path, Ennerdale forest track, Black Sail South Hostel (with honesty box tea and cakes; very welcome), then sharp climb up Loft Beck then across to Honister Mines (another chance for a brew), before a long descent into Borrowdale and the Youth Hostel near Rosthwaite. A beautiful, sunny day on the fells.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Day 1 - St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge

Day One - St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge
14 miles
Start: 10:30am
Finish: 5:15pm

Camped in the beer garden of the Fox & Hounds at Ennerdale Bridge
Ate at the Shepherds Arms at Ennerdale Bridge (steak & ale pie)
Two small pebbles in my pocket from the beach at St Bees.

Route: St Bees, coastal path around St Bees Head (South Head & North Head), then inland to Sandwith (attractive village with green, seats and pub) then roads, tracks and fields to Moor Row (no facilities) and Cleator (high hopes after passing cricket match and then church, but village disappointment with closed shop). Beyond Cleator, the scenery improved with lovely far-reaching views from the hill of Dent (Isle of Man and sweep of Cumbrian Coast, then inland to the western Lakeland fells). Steep descent from Dent down to lovely valley of Nannycatch, then long road walk into Ennerdale (two pubs and The Gather community shop and cafe). 

Looking forward to the mountains of Lakeland tomorrow....