Today David (bad knee) took the Ullswater steamer from Glenridding whilst I headed up into the mountains for a very long day including double the amount of climbing compared to the previous day and also taking in the summit of the whole C2C.
Dad painted the steamer and we had a very enjoyable family trip on it a few years back, so David was making a very relevant diversion before he got a lift over to Shap with the Sherpa van and joined me for the last few miles of the walk.
David’s photos are below – he took the steamer from Glenridding pier to Howtown and return.
In the B and B at Patterdale I saw this sign! Fun.
And this is the village shop opposite that sells great supplies, amazing Tiffin (more on that later) and C2C merchandise.
I started by crossing the river. I forgot to start the GPS at the beginning, so we need to add 0.2 of a mile to the total for the day.
The path immediately climbs up to Boredale Hause steeply, shown diagonally up to the right in the image below.
As I climbed the views opened up.
The path climbed and climbed, sapping energy.
And then I got to Angle Tarn. I have history here as I wild camped here with school friends (DofE) once and my tent pole snapped in a freak gust as I put my tent up. That was a terrible night in a half tent waiting for it to get light and to get down to Patterdale!
I came across these gate posts. I had seen this shot before so I shamelessly copied it.
The climbing continued!
Until I reached the base of the Knott. The wind really got up here and was pushing me down every step I took up. It was only the tiffin that got me through this section! At the top the mist really came down and you couldn’t see anything beyond 10m ahead.
This was the critical turn. A tiny cairn to tell you to turn left!
Until I reached the summit (Kidsty pike). I didn’t linger long as it was very windy and you couldn’t see anything anyway. But I did get a selfie.
Then I made good use of the GPS to safely make it along the ridge.
Some guys from Essex took this shot for me.
And then it was a rocky scramble followed by grassy descent down to the reservoir.
The waterfalls were again well fed by mountain water.
The 5 mile trek alongside the reservoir wasn’t easy either with plenty of ups and downs plus some scrambling.
And then the C2C signs started again (they are frowned upon in the lakes apparently).
Suddenly the path was in the woods and the mountains felt a long way back.
The path went over an old bridge next to another old bridge.
And then my nightmare – having to cross between cows and their young. But they didn’t seem bothered. Must see a lot of walkers round here!
Then it was a series of easy field traverses…
This is Parish crag bridge. Lovely spot.
And then (finally) Shap abbey became visible.
And then it was only a couple of miles to Shap itself.
Stats for the day. Colin 15.6 miles (including the extra 0.2 not recorded on the GPS). Ascent of 4138ft to a summit at 2558ft.
David approx 5.5 miles plus boat trip.