Monday 23 October 2023

One step closer...

With two planned walks needed before we get the full set of Wainwrights, this was a clear winner.  We had a later start than the day before, and everyone was feeling a bit weary, so a low shorter walk was called for.

Difficulty: 3.0
Walkers: Tim, Caroline, Isabelle (21), Poppy (13), Piper (4)
11:32, 0.0km 0h00 0m, Start (145)
12:49, 4.5km 1h17 274m, Troutbeck Tongue (364, Wainwright)
14:53, 11.0km 3h20 322m, End (162)

We parked in the same small lay-by on the main road next to a barn, just opposite the gate through to the field opposite to start the path north.  I'm not sure there's anywhere closer to park, but the walk up the path then along Ing Lane is quite pretty and fairly fast walking. 

Up ahead is Ing Bridge, which was great for poohsticks. This was our first view of the magnificent Troutbeck Tongue, standing proud in the valley floor.  Well, apart from the view we got from high up driving over Kirkstone pass. 

At the well marked cairn which has an awesome view of Windermere in the distance, which is not the Wainwright.

Here's the view from the actual Wainwright, the view from here north is better, but this view south isn't quite as nice to my eyes.  We were thinking of eating lunch here, but it was a bit windy, so we decided to head down for shelter.  Rather than turning back (our original plan) we took the gentler descent option to keep heading north first.  My left knee was in quite a bit of pain, and steep descents were not in order. 

No sheep up here, so we were able to let Piper off lead for a bit and pratice some recall.  This is the view north, looking at Caudale Moor and Thornthwaite Crag either side of the dip straight ahead.

Turning back south to pick up the valley path.  My left knee hurting quite a lot more than my broken shoulder, so may need to take it easy for a day or two if we want to get up Skiddaw and complete all the Wainwrights this holiday.

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