Catbells in mist and rain

Cumbria Way Day 5

A big dose of inertia, justified as “giving the weather a chance to calm down”, meant I didn’t leave the barn until 10.

I set off along the Cumbria Way across the fields towards Castle Crag, gradually rising up the fell, as the wind picked up. I didn’t linger there and carried on down towards Grange. Then I got my first mobile phone signal since Tuesday afternoon, a flood of emails and texts and a call from tongiht’s B&B. I perched in the lee of a rock and caught up with the outside world.

Then I stuck with the official path for the rest of the walk – down to Derwent Water, then through the woods along the western shore. In places you couldn’t see the opposite shore, the cloud was so low, but the walking was nicely sheltered by the trees.

Sculpture in the woods by Derwent Water
Sculpture in the woods by Derwent Water

 

Catbells in mist and rain
Catbells in mist and rain

And I think today may be the day I learnt to bear the long trudge type walk. Not much happened but I didn’t really mind.

I arrived in Keswick just before 2, leaving me plenty of time to restock for my 3 days in the wilderness. And being in Keswick, this also meant dinner in the Royal Bengal šŸ™‚

Skiddaw and Latrigg from my B&B room window
Skiddaw and Latrigg from my B&B room window

Today’s stats

Distance: 13.99km
Ascent: a measly 201m
Walk time: 3:47
Highlights: none really.

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