She’ll be coming ’round the mountain

It was sunny today here in Sussex – so here’s a sunny-ish Lake District photo to celebrate, taken last August on a circular walk incorporating Causey Pike and Sail.

Looking east from towards Keswick

The Family were on holiday last August together with In-Laws of Mine, in the week leading up to two big birthdays – my 40th and my father-in-law’s 70th!  On the day of this walk, they had gone with the children to climb Castle Crag in Borrowdale, leaving me and Husband of Mine to enjoy this long walk.  

Starting at Stair, we made the ascent to Causey Pike via Rowling End, then went on to Sail and Crag Hill before descending some very steep scree to the valley below.  It was a fabulous walk – as always – but made even more entertaining by watching a group who were gorge walking in Stoneycroft Gill. 

Gorge walking involves walking and scrambling through water, swimming across pools and climbing up waterfalls.   Judging by the cheers and shouts of encouragement, the group were obviously having great fun – plucking up the courage to jump from a rocky ledge into the freezing Lakeland water, and then heading downstream to do it all again at the next suitable place.  

If you fancy a bit of gorge walking this year (and I don’t), then check out this video:

Personally, I’d rather just go up, along, round and down the mountain.  Singing ‘aye-aye-yippee-yippee-aye’.  With a squashed cheese and pickle sandwich and a flask of tea in my rucksack.  Follow that with Cumberland sausage and mash in the Oddfellows Arms in Keswick, washed down with a pint of Jennings, and a performance at the Theatre by the Lake

Who could ask for anything more?


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