The Cumbria Way- Day 5: Coniston to Ulverston

I definitely slept better, despite the rain. The outside may have been wet, but it hadn't been unbearably cold. I shuffled in my sleeping bag working out my mental game plan for the day. The rain likely would not stop, the fogs likely would not lift, stones would be slippery to walk on and any … Continue reading The Cumbria Way- Day 5: Coniston to Ulverston

The Cumbria Way – Day 4: Chapel Stile to Coniston

I should have repositioned my tent last night. I woke several times in the night balled up having slipped down my sleeping pad like a water slide and pooled in my bag against the tent door. Still being too stubbornly tired to get out and do something useful about it, I had simply tried various … Continue reading The Cumbria Way – Day 4: Chapel Stile to Coniston

The Cumbria Way – Day 3: Keswick to Chapel Stile

There was a pink, candyfloss sky sweeping around me as I left the barn at 0500. As I walked a footpath to a lane, jumped a stile, and walked another, the pinkness deepened and then waned again as the sun stretched up and I got back to Keswick, walked a few streets, posted my postcards, … Continue reading The Cumbria Way – Day 3: Keswick to Chapel Stile

The Cumbria Way – Day 2: Caldbeck to Keswick

I awoke after a restful sleep to a light drizzle fizzing on the sides of my tent. I opened the flap and studied the outdoors trying to judge the extent of the potential rain. I decided to better be safe than sorry and pulled on my rain shell and bag cover after packing away the … Continue reading The Cumbria Way – Day 2: Caldbeck to Keswick

The Cumbria Way, Day 1: Carlisle to Caldbeck

"So how many of your friends are going with you?" Asked the taxi driver en route to the station at stupid o' clock in the morning. "Oh, I'm by myself" "Really? I'd never let my daughter do that!" "That's fair, you said your daughter was seven, it would be rough on a seven year old" … Continue reading The Cumbria Way, Day 1: Carlisle to Caldbeck

The Cumbria Way: Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List

The county of Cumbria has been on quite the global journey in the last 500 million years. Back then it sat, along with the rest of England and Wales, in the landmass of Avalonia that floated around the South Pole. Scotland and Northern Ireland were quite separate; lying somewhere near the equator as part of … Continue reading The Cumbria Way: Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List