Thursday, 9 August 2012

Day 4

After a comfortable nights rest at the "excellent" Shepherds Crook Bunkhouse, (highly recommended), Gary set off at 08.45am bound for Patterdale, a mere 8.5 miles. Today was hot, (very hot) and sunny all day long. This meant only one thing, time to give those knees an airing as promised yesterday. Shorts definitely proved to be the most suitable attire of the day.

The walk started with a steady uphill slog up Tongue Gill from Grasmere.Half way up Gary was caught up by a fella from Newcastle also doing the Coast 2 Coast walk who told him the Lakes is the hardest bit, you have to climb a mountain everyday! Gary admitted he'd not really thought of it like that before. So Day 4 and mountain number 4 beckoned. The sun became very strong as Gary reached the top at 11am
Looking south west down Tongue Gill towards Grasmere
Gary had a short stop at Grisedale Tarn where he was passed by a very chatty group of Americans who were also walking the Coast to Coast with a guide. Gary made a conscious decision to keep to a steady pace today due to the heat.
Looking back up the valley towards Grisedale Tarn

The paths were much better than yesterday and the going felt a bit easier. On the way down the wind dropped which racked up the heat once more. A welcome stop for lunch half way down at Ruthwaite Lodge and enjoyed the view back up the valley, (see above).
Looking east towards Patterdale at Grisedale Tarn
Arrived in Patterdale and stopped for an ice cream. The ice cream proved a high point of the day as it was purchased from Patterdale Village Stores which is the shop where Wainright sold his first ever book. I can see Gary's smile from here! A short walk across the valley followed to the start point for tomorrow.  Destination reached at 2.15pm. Gary's gearing up for an early start tomorrow as he plans to cover 16 miles and has some serious uphill walking to do.

Huge thanks to Alan, Gary's Dad who's running support for Gary during the trip. There is no way that Gary would be able to undertake his walk without his Dad's support. We're both grateful to Alan for helping to make this happen x
Ukulele Tune of the Day "Here Comes The Sun", what else?!

1 comment:

  1. Go for it Gaz. So proud of you. Nearly halfway there! Love Mum