Wainwright's Way - near Crook to Troutbeck (Limefit Park) approx. 8 miles
We thought parking may be a problem at the Troutbeck finishing point because access to the road from our path was limited. Limefit Holiday Park was the only realistic possibility. We rendezvoused there and all was quiet at this high class holiday chalet complex. The lady in the little shop had no hesitation in giving us permission to park, and off we drove to our previous finishing point, and we were walking by 9:20 am. The two car method should work ok on the next section but after that we may be relying on BC's ingenuity with logistics.
To Windermere and beyond we had delightful fringe of the Lakes walking on undulating cropped sheep pastures, with small outcrops of Lake District rock hinting at rock climbing days.
It is an old cliché to say the camera doesn't lie when we all know it does. A mini tarn promised prettiness on the map but on arrival it was largely overgrown and not attractive, but I took a photo so I could grumble. but when I saw the result back home prettiness was undeniable.
Approaching Windermere our route coincided with the Dalesway in places and also a pleasantly remembered day with BC during our campaign climbing all the hills in Wainwright's Outlying Fells back in February 2016.
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We followed a number of folk up Orrest Head and I remembered granddaughter Katie walking all the way to the top unaided in January 2014 at age 2 years and 3 months:
|Katie on the way up Orrest Head - Jan 2014 - note my shortened walking pole|
Going back to the veracity of camera and photos I took two shots of Windermere from Orrest Head and when I saw the result decided they were not good enough, but then converted them to black and white producing what I think are quite attractive views.
The descent from Orrest Head was followed by Longmire Road, an old bridleway with superb views all the way of the Coniston hills and Weatherlam out to the west and our way ahead for the next section up the Troutbeck valley.
|Off to a good start on cropped sheep pasture|
|The photo makes this look much better than it appeared in real life|
|Windermere (town and lake)|
|Plodding up Orrest Head|
|Windermere from Orrest Head|
|Windermere south from Orrest Head. Original photo was not good but as b and w not bad - same with next photo - they look much better if click to enlarge|
|Zoom to Morecambe Bay from Orrest Head|
|Weatherlam and the Greenburn Horseshoe|
|BC looking down to our finish at Limefit Park holiday complex - see next photo.|
Our route will continue up the valley ahead to ascend the distant Thornthwaite Beacon and High Street over to Patterdale
|Blue route is a small diversion we took to avoid some of walking on main road|
|Correction to diversion om map below|
|Blue route shows our diversion from Nick Burton's route|