Today we completed 9 miles in about 6 hours, and the consensus was that it was the easiest day so far. Bailey’s Achilles was uncomfortable but she was able to hike with minimal impact. Unfortunately Tracy’s blister got worse, though she remarkably powered through the pain! After leaving our hotel together, Samuel headed off to do the “high route” up Helvellyn (the third highest peak in England) and along “striding edge,” a famous scramble on the top of a knife-edge ridge. The guidebook says to allow an extra three hours for that route, but Samuel still beat us to the Patterdale guesthouse by about an hour! We made good progress at first up smooth paths towards Grisedale Tarn, having an early lunch at its outflow towards Patterdale. The weather had been kind on the ascent, but the rain came just as we got out our sausage rolls from Lucia’s! So, lunch was quick and we started heading towards Patterdale, after a short detour as I took the wrong route, but convinced the others it was just because we needed a bit of bog on today’s journey! I managed to get a few drone flights in between the rain showers, though the gusty winds made the video a bit jumpy. The descent towards Patterdale seemed rockier than the ascent. After crossing a bridge towards the bottom, the path smoothed out then turned into a road, and we were marching for the last mile or two. We were even treated with some Oreo cows! We were given a very warm welcome at the Old Water View, which Wainwright himself stayed at, though it has been well renovated since! Our hosts recommended Fellbites in nearby Glenridding which worked very well for dinner and they helped arrange the short taxi ride as rain looked imminent.
Tomorrow is our final day in the Lakes but a big day climbing over Kidsty Pike and walking 14-15 miles. I’ve researched the best route, but I fear Tracy’s blister will be too bad for the climb. I have been surprised by the mental drain of the weather and rocky terrain which has impacted all of us. With 4 of the 16 days of hiking completed, we have seen tremendous extremes of climate while enjoying fantastic scenery. I am reminded by Tracy that certain challenges “were not in the travel brochure.” I guess the only answer is “welcome to an Ireland family vacation 😎.”
I am originally from England, and my wife Janet is from Louisiana. When we started Geocaching in 2002, we needed a name, and the Cajunlimeys were created, and that is the name I use for my blog. Even though Janet has no Cajun blood, her cooking is excellent! “Limeys” comes from the nickname for English sailors, who ate limes to prevent scurvy. We live in Houston, Texas, with Bailey and Samuel.
We love adventures and want to share the experiences with others. When planning trips, I have found other people’s sites very useful, so I want to give back and add a different perspective.
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