A five day and six nights walking holiday with (aunty) Mary and John Taylor.
The Cumbria Way is a linear walk of 71 miles, starting in Ulverston and ending in Carlise.
We stayed at a different location each night, the walking plan was for Mary and John to drive to the day's destination and then to walk southwards, hopefully to meet up with me.
Meanwhile, I walked northwards for most or all of the official route to reach the day's destination.
As I get older, I am finding the exertions of a long distance walk over several days can have an adverse effect on my navigation and decision-making, and this became apparent to me on the last day's walk between Keswick and the pickup point just east of Bassenthwaite.
I made several navigation errors, which made the day longer and more tiring.
It was a wake-up call to take things easier in future and to make fuller use of my OS Maps application on my phone.
We all decided to leave out the last leg of about 15 miles between Caldbeck and Carlise, which is generally on the flat for most of the way.
I did end up completing about 55 of the 71 miles, going through some of the Lake District's most spectacular scenery, the Way usually takes you along valleys and low moorland, avoiding peaks and high ridges.
The leg between Great Langdale and Borrowdale was the exception, but was a fantastic day, probably even better if it's wasn't raining!
Itinerary and Gallery
|[Walk day]||Date||Start||End||Miles walked||Photos|
|(1)||Sun 25 June||Broughton Bridge||Coniston||11.5||click|
|(2)||Mon 26 June||Coniston||Great Langdale||10.5||click|
|(3)||Tues 27 June||Great Langdale||Rosthwaite||10||click|
|(4)||Wed 28 June||Rosthwaite||Keswick||10||click|
|(5)||Thur 29 July||Keswick||Peter House Farm||13||click|
|(6)||Sat 30 June||Caldbeck||Carlisle|