Geocaches - 3
Wainwrights - Carl Side, Skiddaw, Longside Edge, Ullock Pike
Walk Inspiration - Trail Magazine Sep 2004, Walk 3
Pubs - Worthy of a future blog
We just about manage to squeeze in our annual visit to the Lake District. And god smiles on us with blue skies and October walking where no jacket is required.
5:30am alarm, refreshment at Tebay Services where two coffees and two bacon sandwiches require plastic (credit card, not fiver) and a further eye watering parking levy at the Old Sawmill Tea toom. 10:17am and we are boots on, ready to go.
This is a walk where you are either going uphill or downhill but always very steeply. To get us in the mood, we head off into the woods, following forestry roads. Mrs Mappiman shows how boxercise is paying off and I catch her looking at the phone to make sure she has a signal in case mountain rescue are required.
I'd like to say I am slow and steady. Its more slow and stop.
|Getting Left Behind|
|Early views of Bassenthwaite|
|The Big Reveal|
The reward - a couple of shelters, a trig point and a guide to the fells. Finest lunch spot this year.
|Skiddaw's Lunar Landscape|
We can also gently snigger at those climbing up.
|Longside and Ullock Pike - Superb walking|
|And here's me walking it|
|The faint path runs behind Sonia and then diagonally up Skiddaw|
Water supplies had dwindled to nothing so we celebrate in style back at the tea rooms with a can of tango and a 7 up. £3.60 to you, Mr Tourist.
Downed in one, we jump back into the car for what proves to be by far the biggest challenge of the day. One that requires fortitude, patience, strength and cunning.
Finding a parking space in Keswick on a Saturday.