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Patterdale – Coast to Coast (Day 4)

Our accommodation was excellent and breakfast wasn’t served until 8:30am, which gave us a leisurely start for the day, in fact we didn’t leave Grasmere until 11:00am after a little sightseeing of the very picturesque village.

The weather forecast was for scattered showers and wind gusts of up to 70 miles/hr so we are getting used to having everything thrown at you. Half way up the climb we could see the rain approaching from the west, so we climbed into our wet weather gear as the rain reached us. Fortunately, the rain today was relatively light and was blown away as quick as it came.

We reached the first saddle 2hrs into the walk and the GPS was showing we had only walked less than 5km of a total of 13km. (Thank goodness I had broken the original 26km stage into 2 sections!). By this point the wind gusts were living up to the forecast, but were made worse by being funnelled up through the saddle, so we took refuge behind a very large rock to refuel and kit up with our icebreaker beanies and gloves to keep warm.

Luckily we are walking from West to East so that the wind is blowing from behind us, but even still both of us were knocked clean off our feet as we started the descent! We relied heavily on our walking poles for both slowing our descent and keeping us stable/upright on our feet!

Along the way we came across another couple frantically trying to find a pair of glasses that had been blown clean off, but with no success and also a large school group attempting to walk in the opposite direction that ended up abandoning their plans to make it over the top with such gail force head on wind gusts.

As always, the last few kilometres always seems to take forever, but we finally made it to our destination for the evening being the White Lion where our new found travelling friends (Christine and Stephen) where waiting in the bar and had reserved us a table for dinner later that evening.

We had been bumping into Christine and Stephen off and on since the start of the Coast to Coast and had up until tonight, stayed in the same accommodation venues. Both are locals from Newcastle and Stephen has walked the c2c and many of the other trails. Unfortunately, they are more sensible (better informed) and their itinerary breaks up the next stage that includes the highest climb of the walk, whereas we will be attempting it in one bite, so after tomorrow our itineraries won’t align.

(No photo post due to poor internet connection – Stay tuned)

6 Responses to “Patterdale – Coast to Coast (Day 4)”

  1. Kirralee

    Happy Birthday Mum! Enjoy a hard day of walking, I hope the sun comes out for you on your special day xx

  2. Alison & Geoff

    Dear Jenny, Wishing you a happy birthday, we are thinking of you and Stephen constantly as you battle your way up and down the mountains. We hope the weather is kind to you when you reach the top of Kidsty Pike and say farewell to the magnificent Lake District. Steve, your photos are a brilliant record of your fantastic experiences. Alfred Wainwright would be proud of you both. Love Mum and Dad.

  3. Mark Hughes

    Hope the weather is kind to you for your birthday Mrs Matheistein- ie the rain is warmer!!
    Just remember Edmund Hillary when you are climbing.
    Caught up with the Wakelings in Milano two days ago. They are now on their way to Espana and we are on the way down to Roma on the fast train.
    The weather is pretty tough here too …. There is only so many days you can take 25 degrees and brilliant sunshine – and in Roma it will be even tougher….nearly 30 degrees even!!
    Gina has her bikini on to endure it all ….. And we are still only on the train!!
    Just luvin the way they only wear the bottom half of their ‘kini here …… Though Gina is inclined to knock her drink over everytime she sits down!!!!
    Will have a gelato for your birthday when we hit Roma….. You can chose the flavour !!!
    Marco & Gina

    • Stephen M

      I think the hot weather has affected you. Take care in Roma and please don’t offend the Pope. He seems like a decent chap and might be swayed the wrong way if you parade Gina around. Thanks for you good wishes…

  4. Matthew and Thomas

    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday dear Auntie
    Happy Birthday to you!

    We love you very much and miss you!
    Matthew and Thomas!


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