Day 1 in the Lakes. Sun-03-Jun-12. Wansfell Pike (482m) and back via Troutbeck. Slightly longer than planned due to poor signage / dodgy navigation. Graded moderate, 8 miles in almost exactly 5 hours.
Stockghyll Force waterfall
This is the first serious walking we have done since Lands
End to Penzance last October and the first since Mary's bunion operation. So this was a test of
both fitness and capability; plus the first use of the boots I bought
Mary for Christmas. The fact that Mary was still recovering from a very bad cold wasn't going to stop her!
Wansfell Pike summit
The ascent was fine with excellent views back down towards Lake Windermere.
View of Lake Windermere
Lunch was at the Mortal Man Inn in Troutbeck and then the return leg where it all went a little pear-shaped.
A local peers at us
We were so busy admiring the locals that we missed the path and went uphill to try and pick it up again. Big mistake! Eventually picked up the right path again half an hour and an extra mile later.
After that it was a smooth run back through woodland and a photo opportunity at Jenkin Crag.
Mary did fine but one of the screws from her bunion operation is a little proud and the boots were not forgiving so there was some pain. The surgeon has said that it is a minor procedure to correct it and this proves that it will be necessary.
The evening meal was at the excellent Hooked seafood restaurant. We found it by wandering around town and although fully booked was able to squeeze us in a table by the door. Fresh fish and a sign in the window that said "We do not do fish and chips!" - it is a far classier restaurant than that.
Sa Calobra, a Mallorcan Mountain Meander...
4 months ago