Friday, 24 June 2016
A Lakeland Jaunt - Day 4 - Elterwater to Honister Hause
Distance: 22.7 km (Cum: 75.3)
Ascent: 1625 metres (Cum: 4298)
Time taken: 9 hrs including breaks
Weather: sunny, warm, calm
Another day of perfect walking weather. Shame that neither New nor Old Dungeon Ghyll establishments open until 11 am, thereby starving us of mid morning coffee. We did find a friendly tractor driver though, proud of his old motor that will turn its wheels to anything.
Not to worry, we found a lovely spot to tarry for a while at the head of the Langdale valley before heading up the Rossett Gill path and ascending, packless, to the summit of Rossett Pike.
Wheatears and skylarks.
Quite a few people around as we descended past Sprinkling to above Styhead Tarn. Here, P and J took the direct route to Green Gable, missing out Great Gable and its rocky descent. Susan and I went up the latter, enjoying fine views across Wastwater before heading down to join the others in a nearly idyllic spot on Green Gable, where both Jeanette and I received expensive international phone calls from Manchester. Both EE and Vodafone claimed that we were, despite being in view of both Windermere and the environs of Keswick, outside the UK on the Isle of Man!
The late afternoon light lent lovely tones to our steep descent to Honister Hause youth hostel - just in time to give Amy our food order in time for her to cook it.
The hostel is quite busy. We have a cosy room for four. Full board for the four of us is £114. There's scope in the budget for a few welcome beers.
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