Weather: ☁️ then ⛅️
Feeling Today: 👍🚶
So Far: 470.90 miles, 156:00 hours
Jon caught a cab first thing for the London train and I wandered over to the New Dungeon Ghyll hotel for a recuperating coffee with Fergus and Meriel. I then set off for Windermere, walking alone again. Yesterday’s walk was tough and today would be relatively easy with minimal elevation.
Following the valley floor, I passed through the pretty villages of Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge – a cracking cheese scone at the latter, marking the point that I left the Cumbria Way (which heads off south to Coniston) and set aside another map.
Wonderful views and a new cycle track guided me to the edge of Windermere – the lake, not the town just yet. I followed a shady path south along the western water’s edge for a few miles to the Bowness Ferry, for vehicles (£4.40) and pedestrians (50p – very reasonable I thought), and more functional and less attractive than the other ferries crisscrossing the lake.
The crossing was short. Back on dry land, the last couple of miles up to my guesthouse was through the bustling and touristy conjoined Bowness and Windermere towns.
My first evening for a while without chums (and the associated fun and excesses) means I’ve had an evening of blogging catch-up, washing (long overdue), admin, loading GPS routes, thinking about my route through Lancashire and Merseyside (difficult without a map!), catching up with news – papers and Henry (who’s fine), trying to manage photos (out of iPhone memory) etc.
The eagle-eyed amongst you may have seen that the ‘So Far’ distance tracker includes mileage and time spent by ferry. I promise I kept walking on the spot for the duration of the crossing … I’ll next do the same on the Rock-Padstow ferry in about five weeks’ time.
Tidy sheep work: