This last day in the Lake District will be long and difficult one to be sure! We start by tackling the rise up the far side of Patterdale. After a tedious climb, we should find ourselves on the grassy platform known as "Boredale Hause" and pick up the trail to the scalloped shoreline of Angle Tarn. They say the gradient will level off for a bit to give us a short break before we have to climb up to The Knott and then Kidsty Pike. From the top of Kidsty Pike, we will look behind us and see the waters from Ennerdale from a few days and many miles ago.
Onward to the biggest descent of the walk! The guide book warns that we'll be "panting like a hippo" during this stage....sounds lovely. But we'll soon reap two rewards: the first is waling on level ground for the next many miles and the second is that trail markings begin to appear. The past week through the Lake District will have been without markings. Hmm....climbing over mountains, through valleys, around lakes in a foreign land without any signs/markings? Brilliant!
After a long and challenging day, we'll arrive in Shap. Our lodgings are at the far end of town and our hostess, Margaret, has offered to pick us up from town to save our little piggies from having to walk another mile or two. I suspect that we'll just swing into The Greyhound, a well known pub on the way to Margaret's Brookfield House. We'll wash down fish and chips with a few pints, call Margaret, go soak in a tub, and finally drop into bed. Margaret makes a killer breakfast from what we've been told and the best part about Shap is that we'll spend two nights there! Our second day will be one of rest and recuperation before the second stage of our journey begins!
17 Day Itinerary
Our walk begins in St. Bee's on the West Coast of Great Britain at the Irish Sea. Almost 200 miles later, we will find ourselves at the North Sea in Robin Hood's Bay.
Day 1 - Moor Row, 9 miles The Jasmine House
Day 2 - Ennerdale, 8 miles Low Cock How Farm
Day 3 - Seatoller, 14 miles Seatoller Farm
Day 4 - Grasmere, 10.5 miles Town Head Farm
Day 5 - Patterdale, 7.5 miles Grisdale Lodge
Day 6 - Shap, 16 miles Brookfield House
Day 7 - Orton, 8 miles The Westons
Day 8 - Kirby Stephen, 13.5 miles The Black Bull
Day 9 - Keld, 14 miles Keld Lodge
Day 10 - Richmond, 14 miles The Old Brewery
Day 11 - Danby-Wiske, 14 miles Old School House
Day 12 - Osmotherly, 12 miles 32 South End
Day 13 - Clay Bank Top, 11 miles The Maltkiln House
Day 14 - Blakley Ridge, 8.5 miles The Sevenford House
Day 15 - Grosmont, 14 miles The Station Inn
Day 16 - Robin Hood's Bay, 16 miles The Raven House
Of course, these distances don't account for getting lost and doubling back a few times, avoiding an aggressive herd of heifers or navigating the moors.... or wandering off in search of a pint.