Friday, 10 August 2012

Day 5

. Gary made an early start today leaving Patterdale at 07.15am
Patterdale at dawn
Weather hot again today. It felt like walking in the Mediterranean at points even down to the periodic sound of crickets, reminiscent of Greece. No sight of a cold beer though and definitely no holiday, although he is developing quite a nice tan by all accounts!
Looking west - back to Patterdale
Gary described the going as "All up all morning". Gary again crossed paths with fellow Coast 2 Coaster Stuart from Newcastle and were able to help each other out with directions. Gary commented that it's a bit like the tortoise and the hare. Gary starts early and makes frequent stops whereas Stuart starts later and never stops!
The "up" continued till about noon. The weather meant the midges were out in force today making it impossible to stop & sit for a while for fear of being surrounded and eaten alive.
Gary's silhouette as he walks towards Angle Tarn. Gives some idea of scale
The warm conditions meant that the 2 litre water bladder and 1.5 litre bottle Gary carried as predicted didn't see him through the day. Gary met Alan at 2pm for a prearranged "refuelling stop" consisting of a further litre of water and a banana.
Angle Tarn
The highest point of the walk today was the appropriately named High Raise which is 802metres. That's 2,631 feet in old money, (I know because I checked!). Incredible. I think I'm right in saying this is the highest point of the whole walk, (though probably not the high point!). The walk down was a long one. This was, if anything, more sapping as it consisted of lots of little ups & then downs. The valley also acts as a sun trap with no breeze at all.
Looking south west towards Hayeswater
The route Gary took off High Raise is not found in the guide books, (Gary came across the alternative route he followed on a the Walkers Forum). The traditional route comprises a very steep path down Kidsy Pike, which Stuart did take. Gary instead followed the ridge line along and headed down following a quad bike track to Low Raise, to Measent Beck and then on to Hayeswater. This proved much more "do-able". Big thanks to Rich, (from The Walkers Forum).
Looking north east from Low Raise, follow the quad bike tracks
Gary arrived in Shap at 5.30pm having covered 17 miles, legs aching and feet hurting. The walk today is, according to the guide book, the most tiring day. Garywhole heartedly concurs with this statement. Tomorrow sees the longest day of the walk in term of miles. Gary will cover the 20 miles from Shap to Kirby Stephen. Happily it is a long flat walk with no big "ups"!
Today's Ukuele tune the somewhat appropriate "These Boots Were Made for Walking". And that is just what they will do...tomorrow. Please keep your texts and messages of support coming via the blog, email, Twitter or Facebook. Gary may not be able to reply but i can assure it's your support that spurs him on.

Strap line for today: "Hot and High"

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Looking north east down Rampshill Dale from The Knott. Stunning.


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