Preparation / Planning
My preparation consisted of going to the gym compared to Steve who walked most weekends and also went to the gym. Together we did a local walk alongside the river from Bewdley to Hampton Loade and back, a distance of approximately twenty-seven miles, and another time we walked over Long Mynd. Margaret, on the other hand, is a hardy walker with experience of Everest base camp, the West Highland Way, Glyndwr Way and many more.
I used Mac Adventures again as I was so pleased with their organisation, with a good guide book, map and baggage transfers which left us free to concentrate on the days walks.
Day 1 Stourbridge to Carlisle then train to Ulverston 278 miles
Day 2 Ulverston to Coniston 15 miles
Day 3 Coniston to Great Langdale (Dungeon Ghyll) 12 miles
Day 4 Great Langdale to Rosthwaite 10 miles
Day 5 Rosthwaite to Keswick 6 miles
Day 6 Keswick to Caldbeck 15 miles
Day 7 Caldbeck to Carlisle 14 miles
The Adventure Begins:
Years ago the BBC ran programmes on walks in Britain, which included the Cumbria Way. With my affinity for the Lake District, I wanted to do the walk.
Eighteen years ago I tried it. I went back-packing for the first time, only to make big mistakes, with a sixty-five litres pack on my back. I had developed blisters by the time I got to Dungeon Ghyll and had to give up.
Now eighteen years on, wiser, older and with two very good friends, Steve and Margaret,
(that’s me on the right) I decided to try again. Our journey began on September 18th leaving home in Stourbridge for a long drive to Carlisle to drop off the car ready for our return trip home.