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Published: August 25th 2019
Departing the Shepherds Arms in Ennerdale Bridge
23 August 2019, Friday
Day 7 of my travel and day 4 of our walking the coast 2 coast trail.
Many more people we met today walking the windy, Misty but very wet, North shore of Ennerdale Water. A total of 15 including one biker were in the Black Sail YHA hut have lunch and coffee or tea. It is a nice cosy place with two flush toilets.
Because of the heavy rains we were told to take the north side of the lake route otherwise we would be waiting through mud and water if we went on the south side. The forecast had been for no rain but we left in a heavy mist. The gradual walk along roads and trails to black sail hut rose the elevation about 450 feet. After black sail hut the climb got very steep. Our total elevation gain was just under 2000 feet. Periods of rain as we climbed the very steep Rocky path up into the clouds.
We were pretty much surrounded by fog when we reach the top. Along the top rim it was difficult to see from one cairn to the next but fortunately the well-rutted trail was easier
A welcome bench for equipment adjustments
Once we were near the Honister slate mine we followed the old Trolley track down into Honister. Again we stopped at the cafe and museum at the slate mine for refreshments and to go use the toilets. As I recall from this part of the walk seven years ago from this point we kind of walked the roads to our lodging. But there is a very nice walking path for the coast to coast that bypasses the road until you arrive at Seatoller. It was very easy from the directions provided by C2C Packhorse how to find our lodging. It is very newly renovated hotel just out of Seatroller. This is called GlaraMara and it is an outdoor activities hotel.
We were greeted upon our arrival by my cousin Chuck Wilson's wife, Janet, who had just arrived today after her flight from Dallas Texas. Janet had checked us all in to rooms and our luggage was up in the rooms. It made it much nicer not to have to carry the bags upstairs after our 8+ hours of walking. She had also ordered our dinner which was to be pre-booked. She ordered two salmon, two beef
Joined by Jane walking home with her dog. Home is near Robin Hoods Bay.
and one duck meal. I must say the duck certainly was not prepared like in Bolivia. I was the odd man out so I got the duck.
The GlaraMara is a very nicely decorated, now modern hotel, unlike a lot of the old pubs and b and b's that we have stayed in this and last trip on the C2C.
So our 14.84 miles of walking with just a couple of feet under 2000 elevation gain took us 8 hour and six minutes of walking.
Tot: 3.239s; Tpl: 0.049s; cc: 10; qc: 52; dbt: 0.0427s; 3; m:saturn w:www (22.214.171.124); sld: 4;
; mem: 1.4mb