The forecast for today was rain all day and I haven’t managed to dry my boots from yesterday. Using the highly scientific method of comparing the weather outside my window to what it was like yesterday evening, I concluded that today was going to be worse than yesterday, and yesterday I’d only just kept myself safe. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 8 – Monday 23 April”
A taste of things to come
After two nights at the farm at Little Town, it was time to move on and the plan tonight was for a B&B in Keswick. But the day dawned cloudy and grey and so the joy of yesterday wasn’t looking to be on the cards. But it wasn’t until I was outside putting on my boots that I realised that it was drizzling too.
Now I can cope with rain kicking off while I’m out on the fells, but it’s another thing entirely to start the walk in the rain. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 7 – Sunday 22 April”
The Grisedale Horseshoe
I awoke to lowish cloud over Causey Pike, which I can see from my bedroom window, and whose nobbles have intrigued me since I first saw them yesterday afternoon.
I had second thoughts about my planned walk as the last thing I wanted was to bail out part-way through, especially now that I seem to have found some form. The alternative was a walk up to Dalehead Tarn then back along the ridge of High Spy, Maiden Moor and Catbells, but that would be much better tomorrow as my fully laden walk to get to Keswick. So eventually I decided to stick to my original plan and do the horseshoe. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 6 – Saturday 21 April”
Buttermere to Little Town
Today’s plan, formed in the pub last night and refined as I lay awake listening to the wind and rain, was to have the easiest possible walk over into the Newlands Valley, whilst still gaining some summits. So it was quite obvious to pick Robinson and Hindscarth, but I made the job a bit easier by getting the bus up to the Honister Pass to reduce the ascent slightly.
But first I had to strike camp, and waited for a gap in the rain so I could get the tent down. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 5 – Friday 20 April”
The Crummock Horseshoe
It was quite windy last night, but somehow I slept better than Monday night. I lay awake listening to the wind and wondering if the tent would stand up to it. Which it did. When daylight came, I fell asleep and later after a lingering breakfast I found myself running for the bus which would take me to Lanthwaite Green where today’s walk started. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 4 – Thursday 19 April”
I went to bed last night clean, refreshed and with a new plan formed, that would see me claim 21 peaks between now and Sunday. So I woke in a more positive frame of mind and set out round the shops first thing to secure the kit that the whole plan relied upon – a cheap daysack. This would enable me to be free of the elephant on days where I was returning to the same overnight point. Not sure whether I would keep it or simply chuck it, I strapped it to its bigger cousin and headed for the bus. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 3 – Wednesday 18 April”
Let’s start by adding a 5th lesson to last night’s list: don’t expect a good night’s sleep in a tent. I know the first night in a strange bed isn’t usually great, but you can multiply that by 10 when sleeping in a tent and on a very (too) thin mat. I probably did sleep but it can’t have been much – none of it was helped by people talking until 1am; ducks, geese and what sounded like peacocks having a party; cuckoos and a choir of small twittering little bastards at 5:30. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 2 – Tuesday 17 April”
I woke at sunrise which I considered good as that’s what is probably going to happen whilst I’m sleeping in the tent. After final checks and packing of last minute items I set off. The first thing I noticed as I walked down the road to the station was that I somehow must have left my rucksack behind – as surely I was actually giving an elephant a piggy-back. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 1 – Monday 16 April”
After the week in the Peak District, I’ve spent the last few days having a “normal” family weekend and spent some time planning my Lake District trip, which starts tomorrow.
I made an overall map to chart all 114 peaks so that I can visualise the route and plan accommodation etc. But having done this, I spent a couple of days staring at the chart trying to work out a route and not really getting anywhere. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round 2007: Planning”