01 : Ambleside to Wray Castle
24th September 2017
the hardest part of a Long Distance Walk, especially
a circular one, is deciding where to start and which
way to go round. When we set off from home, we
were going to go to Windermere and walk to Ambleside.
Soon, however, it was realised that this would
be a repeat of what we did on the Thirlmere Way so we
reverted to our original plan of driving to Wray Castle,
catching the ferry to Ambleside and walking back to
the car. Unfortunately, as I thought we had abandoned
that idea, I didn't have the printed map with me, not
that it mattered as we did have the OS on my phone as
long as the batteries held out.
had had to have a late start and consequently the ferry
we caught was just before 3 p.m..
It took us to
Brockhole before heading up the east side of the lake
It had been a pleasant, if a somewhat
overcast, half hour voyage.
"official" route (as far as one can use that
term) goes over Loughrigg and I didn't see the point
of straying that far from the lake, especially when
there is a superb viewpoint over the lake from just
above Lily Tarn. However, come the day and its
lateness, it was
felt that we ought to make it an
easy debut. Consequently we took a very low level
route back to Wray Castle. Much of it was alongside
or near the road on purpose-made walking paths; perfectly
acceptable. Gentle walking with pleasant views.
back at Wray Castle (a strange construction) we jumped
into the car and returned to Ambleside to celebrate
at the Golden Rule. And to debate what the Golden
Rule was. Long time followers of the BOOTboys
would know. It's the Ethic
Confused? Click on the picture to find out
Sunday 24th September 2017
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