Patterdale to Link Cove.
An 8 am departure and 95 miles in 1 hour 50 minutes got us to Mike P's house in Patterdale, where we spent the rest of the morning chatting and deciding on a route, given a foul weather forecast.
At least it was dry when the three of us set off towards Hag Beck, with a view to skirting to the west of Deepdale to reach our planned destination.
The rain soon arrived, by way off a light shower. Waterproofs went on and off as we ascended to Trough Head, eventually remaining off (t-shirt weather!) for the final ascent into Link Cove, where there are many good places for an overnight camp.
It was a short but pleasurable walk, our first backpacking for many months. Just 7 km, but enough to give Sue a blister, then a realisation that I'd forgotten to pack a proper first aid kit! Just medicine and plasters. Mike to the rescue!
Great views back to Ullswater for much of the walk, then across to the distinctive lumps of the Angletarn Pikes. Always with St Sunday Crag and summits of the Helvellyn range slowly getting closer ahead of us.
We had set up camp, mercifully in the dry, by 4 pm, so we have enjoyed a brew and have a leisurely evening with good food to look forward to.
It really is just great to be in the hills again, and as I write this a shaft of rare sunshine has just engulfed the tent.