View over Grasmere from Calf Crag
View over Grasmere from Calf Crag

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Route No 107 - Wednesday 16 June 2004 to Friday 18 June 2004
Coast to Coast route from Rosthwaite,
Borrowdale to Pooley Bridge, Ullswater
Lake District . . .

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Route No 107a - Wednesday 16 June 2004
Rosthwaite to Grasmere - 12km . . .

Ordnance Survey route map on the Landranger series map base

Bill, a friend of mine who lives in Alabama USA, is walking Wainwright's Coast to Coast route with his friend Dave who lives in Texas, so Jim and I arranged to meet them in Rosthwaite, Borrowdale at 10am on Wednesday 17 June 2004 for three days walking to Pooley Bridge at the northern end of Ullswater. Everything went according to plan and my wife drove me and Jim to Rosthwaite for our rendevous. We set off in the warm sunshine up the valley alongside Stonethwaite Beck and then up Greenup Gill passing Eagle Crag over to our right. As we approached Lining Crag the path became steeper and steeper until we came out on top of the crag where we stopped for a drink and a sandwich and a look at the view. We continued up a much more gentle slope for a few hundred metres to Greenup Edge at map ref. NY 285105. From here the path crosses a wonderful bowl of rocky open country about a kilometer wide to a lower ridge overlooking Far Easedale Gill.
At map ref. NY 295102 we took the path to the left over Calf Crag and we followed the lovely craggy ridge over Gibson Knott to Helm Crag and then down a very steep descent into Easedale. We followed the road for about two kilometers into Grasmere where we had a very welcome pint in a pub garden before making our way to our B&B. The route today has been about 12 km. with about 800m of climbing all together. It took us almost 6 hours to complete the walk. (it was a long slow climb up past Lining Crag)

Eagle Crag from Stonethwaite Beck
Eagle Crag from Stonethwaite Beck
Mountain stream running into Greenup Gill
Mountain stream running into Greenup Gill
Taking our coats off before the climb up to Lining Crag
Taking our coats off before the climb up to Lining Crag
The path up to Lining Crag
The path up to Lining Crag
Made it! - Greenup Edge
Made it! - Greenup Edge
Grasmere from Calf Crag
Grasmere from Calf Crag
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Route No 107b - Thursday 17 June 2004,
Grasmere to Patterdale - 13km . . .

Ordnance Survey route map on the Landranger series map base

Grisedale Tarn looking towards Dollywaggon Pike
Grisedale Tarn looking towards Dollywaggon Pike

Cloud sitting on Seat Sandal from the road near Mill Bridge
Cloud sitting on Seat Sandal from the road near Mill Bridge

This morning we left Grasmere at 10am and took the path from Mill Bridge up Tongue Gill to Grisedale Hause, map ref. NY 349117. It is a pleasant even path with a steady gradient. Once we reached the tarn we had our lunch sitting on the rocks at the far end. Then we made our way down Grisedale into Patterdale for a cup of tea in a pub garden before making our way to tonight's B&B.The weather today has been fine and dry but cooler than yesterday so it was better for hill climbing. The route was about 13 km. with about 700m of climbing in total. It took us about 5 hours to reach Patterdale. This was only our second day following the coast to coast route but we had already got to know several groups of coast to coast walkers as we passed and repassed each other along the way.

The climb up Tongue Gill
The climb up Tongue Gill
Looking up Tongue Gill to Grisedale Hause
Looking up Tongue Gill to Grisedale Hause

Grisedale Beck
Grisedale Beck

The view towards Grasmere from Grisedale Hause
The view towards Grasmere from Grisedale Hause

Looking down Grisedale towards Patterdale
Looking down Grisedale towards Patterdale

Route No 107c - Friday 18 June 2004
Patterdale to Pooley Bridge - 15km . . .

Ordnance Survey route map on the Landranger series map base

This morning was cold and wet with low cloud covering the hills. We had planned to meet my wife at Bampton for a lift home but we decided to stay low today and walk round Ullswater to Pooley Bridge and get a ride home from there. Our American friends would make their way over Barton Fell to Bampton. At about 10am we set off in the drizzle around the lake. The steam ferry from Glenridding passed us on its way to Howtown and about 20 minutes later we reached the ferry jetty at Howtown where we sat on the shingle under some trees by the lakeside to shelter from the rain and have some lunch

Starting out in the drizzle on the path from patterdale around Ullswater
Starting out in the drizzle on the path
from Patterdale around Ullswater

As we were eating a young American couple from New Hampshire passed us - they are walking the coast to coast route too and stayed last night in the pub where we had our evening meal. After lunch the weather had cleared up a bit and we set off on a bridleway that gradually climbed up the hillside until we were at Swarthbeck. Here we said goodbye to our American friends who continued up the slope to cross Barton Fell enroute for Bampton. Jim and I followed the path down Swarthbeck to the road and along the road for about 2km. to Waterside House campsite. Here we took the path by the lakeside into Pooley Bridge. We had time for a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich before my wife arrived with our transport home. Todays route had been about 15 km. with a total of about 500m of climbing up and down around the lakeside and took us about 5 hours. It has been a great three days and a very pleasant reunion with our American friends.

Wild roses in the woods by the side of Ullswater
Wild roses in the woods by the side of Ullswater
Lakeside path through the woods in the rain
Lakeside path through the woods in the rain
Looking back towards Patterdale
Looking back towards Patterdale
Admiring the view over Ullswater
Admiring the view over Ullswater
Steam Ferry arriving at Howtown
Steam Ferry arriving at Howtown
Ullswater from the shingle beach at Howtown jetty
Ullswater from the shingle beach at Howtown jetty
Steam Ferry heading for Howtown
Steam Ferry heading for Howtow
Swaledale tups at Pooley Bridge, waiting for the autumn.
Swaledale tups at Pooley Bridge, waiting for the autumn.
Ullswater from the path near Pooley Bridge
Ullswater from the path near Pooley Bridge
Pooley Bridge
Pooley Bridge