03 : Ambleside to Windermere
29th October 2017
my book, as opposed to The Book, there is more than
one way to do a Way! There is no need for each section
to be in the same direction. There is no need
for them to be in consecutive order. Which is just
as well. Although
the clocks had gone back, as it was the last day of
the half-term holidays it was busy. We would have been stuck
in huge queues for the ferry then walking in very cold
Instead, we were on the eastern side of
the lake enjoying the afternoon sun, more or less reversing
the route taken on the Thirlmere Way.
the lateness and the shortness of the day, we stopped
at the Ambleside Climbing Centre for a coffee kickstart.
Then it was off up to Skelghyll Wood and Jenkin
followed, offering some spectacular views.....
then down to the Old Post Office café
in Troutbeck for soup.
a discussion with a local fell guide about the merits
of retired trail hounds as pets (his was lovely) we
set off again down to the Trout Beck then up to the
The mire didn’t start
until Far Orrest farm. Near Orrest was almost
a slime pit before we escaped on to the road. Even worse
than on TW08.
contrast, the climb to Orrest Head was remarkably clean-
the benefit of sheep rather than cows. The
day was slipping away and the north side of the Head
was in shade. On the skyline Ian spotted a cow that
had eaten far too much methane-producing grass.
When we emerged at the summit,
we once again were in sunshine but it was close to disappearing.
A girl encouraged us to stay for
the sunset but it was cold and the lack of cloud meant
that it was unlikely to be spectacular. We descended
to the bus stop and were in luck; one was waiting for
north to Ambleside, we could see the long slow queue
of traffic heading south. Consequently we decided
to add some bonus mileage and head for the Golden Rule
for our reward. An hour later, the trippers
had all gone and it was an easy drive home.
Sunday 29th October 2017
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