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  • Day12

    St Sunday Crag

    June 9, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    So what if it is Saturday, this Crag was our goal for the day. We set off on a beautiful morning, up to Grisedale Pass then down a bit to Grisedale Tarn, the great little lake in the photo. From there we had a choice of 3 routes, straight down the valley to Patterdale, the very high route which is described as a precarious descent with sheer drops on either side or via St Sunday Crag. It is said that St Sunday Crag has perhaps the best views on the entire route but it started to rain not long after we headed up. It wasn’t cold and there was no wind but the views vanished in the mist. The rain cleared as we headed down, in time for a lunch break looking down towards Ullswater and Patterdale. We could see a cricket match happening in the valley below.
    Although we climb again tomorrow almost as high, St Sunday will be our highest point for the trip at about 800 metres and our distance for the day was about 17kilometres.

    Well done to Fran and Anne from group1, who conquered the high route over Helvellyn and Siding Edge.

    Our accomodation is a bit spread out tonight, 4 of us in Patterdale, the rest a couple of kilometres down the road, we’ll have a quiet dinner for 4 at the White Lion Inn. There is a red telephone box in this village, with an actual phone in it, handy because I have no phone reception here.

    I’ll miss the bleating of Herdwick sheep when we leave the Lakes District, I can hear them outside our window now.
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  • Day33

    Cumbria England day 33 Fri 25 May 2019

    May 25, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Nice breakfast then drove to Howtown roughly in the middle of the Ullswater Lake. Ended up parking beyond the village and walked back to the pier. Unfortunately the ferry that was there was going to Pooley Bridge the opposite to the way I wanted to go. We walked the remote ten and a half kilometre path which followed the lake shore to Glenridding at the southern end of Ullswater Lake. Apart from the occasional walker, people we passed were involved in water activities, children swimming to a boat in dry suits with helmets, teenagers and adults with canoes and two people paddle boardingr. Took plenty of pictures of the scenery and had a beer at Glennridding before continuing on for another four and a half kilometres alongside both a road and the lakeshore to reach a National Trust carpark and visitors centre called Aira Force. We followed paths beside a creek through an arboretum with labels trees to view waterfalls and some small slot canyon like sections of the river. During this time light rain set in and we used our spray jackets to stay dry for the first time in four weeks. Waited for a ferry to take us back to Howtown and the car under an oak in steady rain. Dinner in a fifteenth century hotel “Dockray Hall” in Penrith.Read more

  • Day8

    Day 4 - to Patterdale

    June 30, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    "1677?" Noticing the number on the side of the farmhouse we were spending the night in.
    "Is that the street number or when the house was built?"
    "No, that's when the extensions were built" was the reply.
    Turns out we were staying in a farmhouse (Greenbank Farm) that was over 500 years old - pretty wonky inside.
    It's still a working farm - Zac played with the Kelpies and a little terrier called Bertie.

    This walk to Patterdale was another rewarding walk. There's a reason they call this place the lakes district... there's lakes everywhere amongst all these valleys.

    Although Sal & I have both managed to twist ankles, we should have enough tape and painkillers to get through... after strapping Brendan and Lachlan's knees, that is.

    32,188 steps
    218 floors
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  • Day10

    UK day 7- Lakes District- Stone Cottage

    February 20, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    Beautiful morning watching some rabbits in the back garden, sooo cute. Had a lovely bacon and eggs breakfast. Geoff and I set off for a walk through some fields and at the base of the hill, past some beautiful cottages. There was one group of cottages called Crookabeck. A lot of these cottages are actually self catering B&B's. We arrived in Patterdale, which had a pub and a post office and shop. We continued on to Glenridding which is a bigger village at the bottom of lake Ullswater. On the walk back to Stone Cottage we ran into Aaron who was walking to Glenridding. Back to the cottage where Jan and Mary had just returned from a walk. We waited for Aaron then went for a drive around Ullswater lake to Pooley Bridge and had a coffee and a walk around. Another quiet evening after a beautiful sunny but cold day at the Lakes.Read more

  • Day11

    UK day 8- Lakes Disrict- Beatrix Potter

    February 21, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

    A lovely drive through the Lakes District over the pass and into Bowness on Windermere, had some morning tea and a walk around the shops. We caught a ferry over lake Windermere to Near Sawrey where Beatrix Potter lived. A walk around the village and noted many things that inspired drawings and stories in her books. We looked in the house and her garden.
    We drove to Grasmere and had some lunch and a walk around, bought some gingerbread unique to this part of the world. Back to the cottage for a lovely night sitting around the log fire.
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