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Copeland District

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  • Day42

    Roads, rivers, bridges and a train

    October 4, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    But no lakes.

    I thought I'd start the morning with a scenic drive, only 42 miles, it won't take long I thought. I didn't read the fine print.

    The route was well described, Coniston - Duddon Valley - Eskdale - Coniston.

    The author seemed to like rivers and bridges, the first few points of interest were stops to view (and paddle in!) the rivers and also the stone bridges that are built over them.
    I also saw bracken, it's more fern-like than I had imagined.

    I then found myself at Dalegarth Station with the minature steam train about to leave. I bought a return ticket with no idea where it went or how long it took. It went down to Ravenglass and was a very scenic journey. I saw banded cows - they were black or brown with a wide white band around their middle. Googling suggests they are a Belted Galloway.
    We had a deisel engine on the way back and it took 30 mins, as opposed to 45 on the way there.

    I then made my way over the Hardknott Pass, a steep winding road over the mountains. At one point when I was heading down I couldn't see the road in front of me. What made it worse was the cyclists and the cars coming on the other direction. It was single lane with passing areas along the way.

    But what a view. It was worth it, even if my heart was in my mouth quite often.

    Once I got through that I had to tackle Wrynose Pass and while it wasn't as difficult as Hardknott pass it was no piece of cake.

    From there it was relatively quick and easy back to Coniston. It was only then that I read the introductory statement "A drive that includes the most challenging mountain pass roads in the Lake District..."
    Although to be honest I probably would have done it anyway.

    I took a look at Tarn Hows and Coniston water.

    I went across the road for tea and I have been sitting in the bar of the Inn in which I am staying for the last hour. The wifi in my room is very patchy so I wanted to write this in the bar. I have spent most of the time chatting to a couple from the Peak district who have been giving me lots of suggestions for the rest of my trip.

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    Forge Bridge
    Sheep on the road
    View on the way down Hardknott pass
    Cows - the black one wouldn't get out of my way!
    Coniston water
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  • Day8

    Farewell Irish Sea, on to Ennerdale

    June 5 in the United Kingdom

    The ritual at the start of the walk is to take a pebble from the beach at St Bees to carry with you to drop the sea at the end.
    Our route took us along the cliff tops around St Bees Head and past the light house, fantastic views across the Irish Sea, we could see the Isle of Man and the coast of Scotland. Then it was time to turn inland, through farms and small villages, then up our big climb for the day, Dent Fell. Apparently you don’t often get such fine days up there so we were lucky and made that our lunch stop. Then a steep route down to a valley and a creek with the great name “Nannycatch”. We followed Nannycatch along for a bit then on down to Ennerdale, our stop for the night. About 25klm, a great start.Read more

  • Day5

    Starting the coast to coast walk

    June 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    It's not sunny...

    "Never start out on a Toosdy"
    I was walking to the start of the coast to coast walk, and it was raining. I had just gone back to get an extra layer of clothes for Zac, before the Pack Horse guys picked up our bags to transport to tonight's accomodation. As I walked to catch up to the others, I was chatting to an old local who was making his way towards the old church, which dates back to the 1200's, and whose site really dates back to before the 800's.

    "Never start out on a Toosdy", he said.
    "Toosdy is lawn cutting day at the cemetery"

    "It always rains on a Toosdy".
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  • Day4

    Arrived @ St Bees

    June 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Three trains to get here. Great little town. Had a look around the old church... dating back to the 1200's. Pretty cool - especially the stuff about 'St Bees Man', who was dug up in an archeological dig in the 80's.

    We start walking across England tomorrow.

    Today is sunny - no rain...

    tomorrow's prediction is very definitely the opposite...

  • Day5

    Day 1 - to Ennerdale Bridge

    June 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Despite the weather, especially early, it ended up being a great day's hike.
    Coastline, farmland, paddocks full of sheep, Su Ellen's bake house, over rolling streams, through forrests, climbing over huge hills, etc.
    The boys handled it easily.
    Ended up at Thorntrees B & B, Ennerdale Bridge - top spot. Dinner @ Fox & Hound, sampling the local ales.

    Tired.

    Supposed to rain again tomorrow... raining now.

    37,595 steps
    286 floors
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  • Day6

    Black Sail YHA

    June 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Most isolated Youth Hostel in England.

    A place to stop with fellow hikers, refresh & recharge before hiking out of the valley.

    It seems to be a bit of a central spot for all sorts of hikes. People heading off in all directions.

    We caught up with old Aussies Ray, Alan & Phil - first time since St Bees.
    Met John & Helen from Canada. (She was an old Danish exchange student)

    The boys would become well known as the walk continued - not many kids do this.Read more

  • Day13

    Hike!

    July 23, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    We started out to hike around the lake but without a map or any any prep we got on the wrong trail. Climbed up a skree trail until fear drove us back. Just as well for our safety sake.
    We got on to correct trail,which the an on the youth hostel told e about. We pulled in to ask for a map, and he let us leave the car there. We did the up,along, down trail a dit was specracular. 8 hours of hiking, including our 2hour error hike. Great day out. Sore legs tonight. $18 hiking shoes from Costco did the job.Read more

  • Day111

    UK - Lake District

    July 23, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    The long awaited return to the adventures of the fellowship of the BrownCob is upon us and we have decided to see out our quest amongst the UK countryside, no more flying - thank goodness! We have begun with a 4 and a half hour drive up to the lake district on a mission to climb England's highest peak.... Scafell Pike. Now I have done this before using a different route but wish to complete it with my partner in crime. Our chosen place to begin was the Wasdale valley. We stayed above the Screes Inn where we had basic rooms but a bloody good bangers and mash with the sound of rampant sheep to wake us up in the morning. After an early night, we set off in the morning to park at Wasdale head. We paid our £6.50 fee (pants well and truly down) and set off in mild and cloudy weather, the top was already covered with clouds. Our pace was good and we managed to overtake a few groups. We were walking with nothing but a few directions screen shotted on Sarah's phone which informed us the scramble up to Mickledore Col would be exciting, and exciting it was! It was so steep we had to use our hands, the scree was loose and there was no marked path and when we were in the clouds, the lack of visibility made it interesting to say the least.... I just felt sorry for the young family who were following our scramble to what we thought was the top. It was very cold and bleak at the top and we very nearly turned back due to the cold were it not for the fortunately timed break in the clouds which us allowed us to spot a few Kern's in the distance and follow the melodic sound of a German tourist's voice.... On-wards! Despite Sarah's inability to feel her fingers through the cold, we made it to the summit where we had a few snacks and a cheeky photograph next to the plaque. After pretending we were happy in photos we quickly descended via the mainstream path in a little over 2 hours and very jubilantly returned to the hotel proud, and in one piece just in time for a recovery nap. Afterwards we had a cheeky game of Mastermind and the Great British trivia quiz (at which we were terrible) before destroying a gorgeous pair of pizzas with some cider and wine. Despite attempting to have a late night by napping after the walk we still passed out pretty quickly... it was a big mountain alright!!!! Right now we are chilling in our Loch Gair hotel room after a beautiful days driving through Loch Lomond national park. We are very excited to catch the boat to the Isle of Jura tomorrow as my Aunty Hilary hosts us for a few days.Read more

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