Rosthwaite – Coast to Coast (Day 2)

We awoke to low level cloud, mist and true English rain, not ideal weather to start our second day’s walk in the Lakes District. After a good hearty English breakfast our host returned us to Ennerdale Bridge to commence the days walk. The first half of the walk circumnavigated Ennerdale Water, this is a most picturesque spot with the mountains and cute holiday houses. The walk around the lake and up to the head was flat and quite easy going with our sights set on the very picturesque and very remote Youth Hostel called “Black Sail” where we enjoyed a hot cup of tea and lunch before commencing today’s climb. This was a tough climb and the path was not clearly marked, however we could see folk up ahead which we used as our guide. Upon reaching the top we were rewarded with wonderful clear views. The wind was bitterly cold and we scrambled across the top anxiously looking for the slate mine where we had heard that coffee/tea could be purchased. It was a steep descent across rocky paths & our feet were really feeling it before we could be rewarded with a hot drink and a slice of nice cake. But we were soon back on the trail with views of a beautiful village lying at the bottom of the valley. We wound our way down to the Derwent River which lead us to our accommodation for the night – a lovely youth hostel, a bunk room for 2 with a £1 charge for a towel. Day 2 of the Coast to Coast completed with very tired legs, sore feet and the need for a good night’s rest!

We were very lucky with the weather with just light intermittent showers throughout the day but no need for the full wet weather gear. Our luck might be running out!

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