A couple approached on the track fifty yards from the road at the finish of my recent Finsthwaite walk.
"Does this lead to the water" they enquired.
I was puzzled. The only water in that direction was kilometres away at High Dam. Looking at the map Waterside House was marked and I think there was a sign pointing to that at the bottom of the track. From ensuing conversation it was apparent the couple wanted to have a walk, but within a mere fifty yards from the road they were obviously completely out of their depth. They turned round and went back to the road; last seen they were heading for their car.
On my walk yesterday I was relating this to Pete and saying how much knowledge we absorb about walking, the hills and navigation, and maps and all, that we just take for granted enabling us to proceed largely on autopilot.
Whilst I was chuntering on about this we emerged from our minor road onto the main road, supposedly close to the car. The car was not in sight.
I had taken the wrong road out of Natland village bringing us half a kilometre further up the main road than intended.
|We reckoned this must have been dramatic if you'd been passing at the time|
|Just another empty Lucozade bottle|
|Identification please. Close-up below|