Walking in the Lake District: Diary Day 2 –
The morning was misty early, then beautiful walking weather. Ambled along the East and South side of Ullswater, pleasant and sunny, a liitle drizzle at one stage but not really wet. Freestone granite and slate walls, little crofter cottages, sheep with black faces, oaks, ashes, huge chestnut trees – and I mean huge, truly ancient growth. We’re walking through a postcard. Took a wizz in the light rain near the Howtown Pier, just before the steamer pulled in. Such fascinating names Sharrow Bay, Crook-A-Dyke, Swarthbeck, Scalehow Wood. The streams are becks and the mountains are fells. Sleet Fell, Birk Fell, also Crags and Dodds.
We don’t really use the map because the instruction sheet is clear and the track quite obvious. A few walkers along the route, and a small group waiting for the steamer at Howtown. Mostly older people like us, but also a couple of school groups with kids voices echoing through the pines and across the water.
Lovely views down the water to misty mountains and across to white important houses and hotels. One or two yachts tacking on the calm lake. Late autumn All’s well with the world.
It’s very easy going, and the track’s easy to follow. We have a little food and plenty of water. Eventually through pretty lanes and across stone bridges to Patterdale. The most picturesque village you could imagine. We stay in Waterview House, greystone from the 1850’s, with a pleasant and knowledgeable host named Ian. Lovely meal, good wine. Shared room, good sleep.
Read more below . . . getting lost on the Fells!