Sunday, June 08, 2008
Day Two: Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite
We had our usual porridge in the pub below our room and headed out to the trail shortly after eight. We ordered a packed lunch again but were a little disappointed with the results this time. A sandwich, a chocolate bar, crisps (aka potato chips) and a piece of fruit. Not the healthiest or best hiking-oriented lunch. But nevertheless, there was little opportunity to stop and buy lunch on the way so, we couldn't be choosy.
The hotel was quite old, dating back to the 17th century and smelled of old wood and woodfire smoke. It was quite a pleasant dining room/pub, but was not as cozy as the previous night's B&B.
Today we had two options for our route, and feeling tough and up to the challenge, we took the higher route, which was supposed to have taken us over three summits on a ridge walk, but we ended up missing the first summit, hiking up and over High Stile and Haystacks but missing Red Pike.
We hiked through and around many many sheep pastures. At first we tried to avoid getting manure on our boots but eventually we just gave up. It'll wash off later anyway. We enjoyed seeing all the baby lambs frolicking. We passed a sheep farmer coming the other way on her quad, with her border collie keeping watch from behind her on the seat.
The three peaks that we were supposed to do are quite popular day hikes and we saw many people on the trails along the ridge. There were also a lot of sheep and sheep trails at the summit, showing us that however tough and fit we thought we were, the four-legged mountaineers could make out just fine too.
wikipedia link about the comic books-I highly recommend them.)
Rachel the B&B owner has a pet parrot, who we met the following morning as he awoke us with car alarm sounds, truck back-up alerts and wolf calls. Funny little fellow.