Feeling Today: 😎
So Far: 435.24 miles, 143:48 hours
Well, today we were getting onto the fells properly and, although we weren’t tackling any of the well-known peaks or valleys, they and the views didn’t disappoint, helped in good measure by the sunny weather.
We left the quaint village of Hesket Newmarket (well worth a visit for the Old Crown which is a village cooperative and brews its own beer – we did what we could to support it last night!) and cut across farmland to rejoin the Cumbria Way south of Caldbeck, before an immediate and sharp ascent to High Pike at 650 metres. Good panoramas as far as Scafell Pike and back to the Solway Firth.
The rest of the day’s walking comprised a descent – boggy in places – and long, fairly undemanding stretches as we followed the contours through and around the valleys. This took us past the only UK tungsten mine outside Cornwall (now closed) and gave us good views of Skiddaw.
The last few miles can always drag a bit and we were pleased to reach Keswick and the pretty Derwent Water, hot and thirsty. Very fond memories of the town.
We bade farewell to Gav and met an old school friend of Jon’s for an early-evening snifter. However the exertions of the last two nights have taken their toll and it was an early night tonight. We’ll need all our strength for the walk tomorrow to Old Dungeon Ghyll and dinner with Fergus and Meriel….
A shin update – much better and no longer holding me back, some swelling and softness around the shin, some knottiness in the Achilles, off the pills, off the rice.