North-eastern Lake District, England (OS map OL5)

27-30 August 2010 – Gillside Caravan and Camping – Glenridding

Bank holiday weekends are all about getting out to the places that aren’t do-able in the usual two day break from work. If you live in London, like I do, the Lake District really is too far to go for a weekend – but add in an extra day and it’s worth the hike up on Virgin Trains.

The very nice people at Gillside Campsite http://www.gillsidecaravanandcampingsite.co.uk – found a space for me, Will and Ana, despite the fact that I only called up to book the day before we came. I did my usual ‘we’re three walkers with no car and two very small tents’ spiel, and was grateful to hear them say that they always make room for campers! This is a great campsite in lots of ways – stunning setting, right by Helvelyn, five minute walk to pub, little bit further to shops and as long as you keep a careful eye on bus and boat timetables, fairly easy to get around. They also have a breakfast van at the weekends, serving up egg baps. What more could you need? Apart from better weather than we had on the first day, perhaps?

First day – How Town to Glenridding, via Fusedale, Red Crag, High Raise, The Knott, Angle Tarn, Rooking and Patterdale (13 miles)

It may have rained all night, it may have rained for much of the day, but it couldn’t stop the views from the top of the High Street – the roman road that runs along the hills to the east of Ullswater – from being outstanding. Plus the high winds certainly blew the cobwebs away! And despite popular rumour you can’t get away from the crowds in that part of the world, if you walk up high enough you get rid of them.

Second day – Glenridding to How Town, via Patterdale, Silver Crag and Scalehow Wood (8 miles)

A much more laid back walk today, along the lakeside from Patterdale to How Town, but still so, so pretty. And polished off with a pint of bitter in the public bar at the very eccentric How Town hotel. And then another pint of bitter or two in Glenridding…

Third day – Pooley Bridge to Penrith, via SockBridge and Red Hills (6.5 miles)

And finally back to Penrith train station, walking from Pooley Bridge. Nothing exciting and I got a bit lost at one point, but it was a final bit of maptastic action for OS Map OL5! Onwards to the next adventure, and the next map…

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About silkakt

I'm a map addict. I nip out in my lunch break to go to the National Map Centre, just around the corner from where I work, to feed my habit. My fix normally costs £7.99 and comes in the form of an OS map, although I'm a big fan of Sustrans cycle maps, the Trailblazer walking guides and maps of the world too. And once I've got my new map, I start plotting - routes, adventures and an escape away from the office that I spend too much time in. Maps, quite simply, make the world a better and more exciting place.
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5 Responses to North-eastern Lake District, England (OS map OL5)

  1. Will Roberts says:

    That Will sounds like a nice guy.

  2. TJ says:

    Relatively short distances for you. Even I wouldn’t feel like I was being frog marched.

    Pictures look lovely. Can’t say the same about the ones in Spain.

  3. Ana Marelic says:

    Mmmmmmmmm, those egg baps…..
    Yes, no better place to blow away the cobwebs than with the high winds and spectaculanvigorating views atop a hill east of Ullswater, eating a HobNob.
    This blog is super. Great pics and design too 🙂

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