Saturday 14 April 2012


One of the nice things about hail (or frozen rain) is that it doesn't make you very wet!  We had several showers today and it was pretty cold in the wind on the tops but, when the sun came out, it was brilliant, with superb visibility - thankfully - because today was one of the most spectacular and one of the highest stages of the whole walk.
Laura (Piplica), Jane and I set off on the big climb from Patterdale along the Coast-to-Coast route. Jane made it to the top of Boredale Hause, then went back to take the car round to the end.  Laura & I carried on up to Angle Tarn then on, up and round The Knott and down to the Straits of Riggindale.  Leaving the C-to-C here, we carried on up the old Roman road, over High Street and then veered left to Mardale Ill Bell and Nan Bield Pass.  Steeply down into Kentmere valley and along to meet Jane at the end of the road.  Quite a walk  - 10.5 miles and 850 metres of climbing.  Then back to pick up the minibus from the White Lion Inn (a good and friendly hostelry) in Patterdale and then the drive home.
Many thanks to Laura for her excellent company these last three days.
The total is now 433.5 miles and 8396 metres of climbing.
Hopefully, I'll be able to start the next stretch during the last week of April - we'll keep you all posted.