On Sunday I went to Cartmel in the Lake District with my local rambling club.
A major traffic accident on the M6 meant we were delayed for over an hour an we did not arrive there until 11.30 am. I decided to do the B walk. Only 8.7 miles but we would have to do it a t a good pace.
We started off by crossing the racecourse and heading north across fields and tracks to pick up the Cumbria Way.
Passing one farm we noticed the farm hand crossing the field on his quad bike. The sheep just knew that it was feed time and sprinted after him.
We continued heading north through woodland to Bigland Heights and on to Bigland Tarn which was very peaceful.
Along the way there were lots of Hawthorne bushes that had been bent by the prevailing wing. One looked as though it was growing out of a rock.
We retraced our steps towards Grassgarth. To our right we could look across the Kent Estuary to the tower at Arnside where we had walked in November.
We now headed south through a plantation to reach Hill Farm from where we retraced our outward route. Most of the trees had been felled but new saplings had been planted. We encountered lots of mud which made it a hard 8.7 miles.
The Lake District is deservedly popular with both walkers and climbers.
Even the animals are now taking up rock climbing.
We were back in Cartmel with time for some refreshment. I was tempted by the cafe which served ‘sticky toffee pudding’ with thick custard. But, I managed to resist and instead I enjoyed an excellent pint of Hawkshead Bitter sitting in front of a log fire in the Kings Arms Pub.
It had been a good day but there was far too much mud. I am still trying to get my boots clean.