On what was a lovely day for walking, it was disappointing that only 4 people turned up for a 10.5 mile walk with 800ft of ascent starting from Hallaton. Bea, Amanda and I were joined by Tommy from the Kettering ramblers. Although of similar age to me, he was an ex-Marine and seemed keen to walk at a good pace. As a consequence, we averaged something like 22 minute miles on what was a warm day.
I think that the distance to travel from Wisbech (50 miles), the length of the walk and the fact that it was a Bank Holiday weekend combined to deter potential walkers. Never mind, their loss was our gain.
The last walk of my “Lakes” holiday took in two of the smaller (around 1,200ft) outlying Wainwright fells. It was 6 miles with 1,900ft of ascent. Sale was first and involved a climb of 700ft. The second Wainwright was Ling Fell next with another climb of 650ft. It started to rain towards the end of the walk so we took a short cut back to the car but this added a further 200ft of ascent to our route. The total walked on this holiday was just over 61 miles and 20,700ft of ascent and I feel like I now need a rest.
It was an odd day weather-wise. Dawn broke with heavy rain and low cloud so we delayed our start until 10:00 and stopped for tea/coffee & cake/biscuits at Ennerdale Bridge on the way. By 11:00 it was starting to improve but there was still low cloud on the fells so our planned 3 Wainwright walk was abandoned in favour of a circuit of Ennerdale Water. The overnight downpour had left the lakeside path flooded and we had to turn back about a quarter of the way along the north shore. We had been told that the south shore path was also impassable at Red Beck but thought that we would go and have a look for ourselves. At times, it was difficult to distinguish between path & stream, and sure enough Red Beck was in spate but could be crossed with care as shown by Terry. The sun broke through the clouds on our way back to make the 6.5 mile walk with 550ft of ascent all the more enjoyable.
For Karen’s last walk on this holiday we selected something less taxing with only 5.5 miles and 1,320ft of ascent. Starting from White Moss Common, we made our way towards Loughrigg for the 800ft climb to the summit of Loughrigg Fell at 1,060ft. It was a winding but gradual descent to Cote How for mid-walk refreshments before dashing back to the cars as our parking tickets were about to time-expire.
There are only 2 pictures today as a heavy rain shower on the Loughrigg ascent must have found its way into my new camera and now it doesn’t work and the lens won’t retract.
An easy 6.5 mile walk with 1,600ft of ascent today. Starting from Whinlatter we walked up through the forest to Lord’s Seat where Karen waited for us while we went out & back to Broom Fell. On our return we took in Barf to make it 3 Wainwright’s in one day. It was blowing a gale on top but remained dry. Sadly, it is now pouring as I write this in my caravan.