I was pretty exhausted after doing so much walking lately and decided to spend an evening in the Sticklebarn Tavern, relaxing. It’s the only pub run by the National Trust and I really like it. The location is spectacular and it has a really nice atmosphere, a large beer garden and even a ‘fire pit’! It was quiz night when I arrived and I spent a couple of hours chilling out and supping Windermere Pale Ale. It was just what I needed.
The following day I was determined to take a day off from walking. This went to plan until about 4pm when my energy started to return and I began to resent wasting the day. It was decent weather too, which made it worse still. By 7 o’clock I’d had dinner, packed my camping gear and was marching up Stickle Ghyll, anticipating my first wild camp of the year. I climbed up above Stickle Tarn and found a sheltered spot in the lee of the craggy cliffs of Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle. The sun went down just as I finished pitching the tent and the sky soon lit up with a full moon. It was fantastic.
I was up at dawn to see the sunrise and back down at the van by 7am.
I’m now in Elterwater. Yesterday I had a wander over to Little Langdale and back via Skelwith Bridge and today I’m just enjoying the sunshine. I seem to have picked the busiest weekend of the year to be in this little village. Hundreds of people doing the Keswick to Barrow long distance walk came through yesterday and today they’re expecting 1500 cyclists passing through on the Fred Whitton Challenge. They’ve got some decent weather for it anyway!
If you’re around in the Lakes and have any recommendations for me or fancy meeting up for a walk (or a pint), get in touch or leave a comment below.