The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Monday, 2 July 2007

The Summer Expedition

A bit of a hiatus in the blog, as we took a bit of a holiday.

It was a bit of a surprise holiday in that on the day of departure we hadn’t firmly decided where to go. The options were:
1. to pop down to Cornwall to do a bit of a recce of some campsites (ie to see whether they exist) that we plan to use on our big walk next year and to check out if some of our route choices look to be feasible; or
2) to pop up to the Lakes for a week of walking up hills that I’ve not walked up since childhood and that Husband has only ever seen from a distance.

The weather forecast didn’t help a decision: both places had equally bad forecasts.

In the event, after a morning spent packing we turned right out of the drive and headed to the Lakes on Saturday afternoon.

A plan was formed on the drive up the M6: we would spend a couple of nights at the NT campsite in Great Langdale, then leave the car there as we walked over to Wasdale, via Scafell Pike, to spend a night, before walking back to Langdale to pick up the car to head over to Keswick to take in Helvellyn and Blencathra.

The first part of the plan didn’t start well when we arrived at Great Langdale to find the site full. Weighing up the options (turning the trip around being the main one) we ummed and arred for a few minutes before opting to go to the campsite at Chapel Stile for the night before heading up to Great Langdale the following morning.

A sharp shower just as we returned from the pub was fortuitous as it sent indoors the big group who were playing music at inconsiderate volume from their car stereo (with the doors open), so a reasonably peaceful night was had.

Sunday would see us taking in our first (and as it happened, last – but that’s a different story) hills of the holiday – but you’ll have to wait for tomorrow for the next instalment.

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