30 Jul 2013 – Lake District-Cumbria
Saturday 29Jul 2013 – Day 1 St Bees – Ennerdale Bridge 14mi/22.6km 0730-1630hrs including breaks
St Bee’s Head – cliffs with seagulls and the companion of the Irish Sea for app 2hrs on this glorious day.
Other hikers on the cliffs, St Bees Lighthouse and the coastline of Scotland in view.
An old lonely bench on the UKc2c 🙂 Birkham’s Quarry and heading east away from the coast to the Lake District.
Passing the Church at the village Cleator and took a few extra steps deterring to the Ennerdale Country house Hotel for a cup of coffee and to use the restroom. Well worth the detour! Heading back to the path, met some locals who had more than enough beers and sun and who insisted that they should be photographed…
Gradual climb to Dent Hill, a cairn at the top with good view back toward coastline. Steep decent to a valley walk and down to road into Ennerdale Bridge.
Night: Sat 27 Jul at the Cloggers/Ennerdale Bridge, Cumbria GBP35 S$68. Thank you David for the load of an excellent map and for your advise.
Sunday 28 Jul 2013 – Day 2 Enneradale Bridge – Honister Pass 11mi/17.7km 0700-1500hrs
Soggy and wet as predicted by the weather forecast, no regrets listening to David’s advise by taking the route on the other side of Ennerdale Water.
Heading to Black Sail Hut (most remote youth hostel in England), took a longer break there than usual to get out of the wet boots. Wetter and dangerous accent ahead to Loft Beck, concentrating every step so as not to fall. It is times like these with wet feet and focusing on every step makes me wonder if the sanity is in tact 🙂
The sun came thru’ towards the end where Honister Slate Mine and the youth hostel are in sight. Rains are again the forecast tomorrow, so best to take pix of the descent to Honister Pass, the YHA to rest the worn-out body and where the journey will continue tomorrow. Was touched by David from The Cloggers/Ennerdale Bridge to make sure that I arrived safely.
Night: Sun 28Jul at Honister Hause YHA/Seatoller, Keswick, Cumbria GBP18 S$35
Monday 29 Jul 2013 – Day 3 Honister Pass – Grasmere 12mi/19.3km 0700 – 0430
Wet and soggy at Stonethwaite, more like a stream than footpath!
The group who crossed my paths since St Bees, ie the past 3 days but today they will head on further to Patterdale. Will miss their company. Rough climb to Greenup Edge-rocky, slick and wet. No pix, just concentrating on every step. Unfortunately on the cloudy side when the top was reached.
Heading towards Grasmere and to Broadrayne Farm, an independent hostel with internet and washing machines. Grasmere, town known for its association with English poet Wordsworth who was inspired by the Lake District but will not have the time of energy to visit the his grave.
Night: Mon 29Jul at Broadrayne Farm/Grasmere Keswick, Cumbri GBP21 S$40