14.5 miles

We were happy to once again welcome Peter to our little group, who will hike with us to St. Bees. Walking through Borrowdale, even in the mist, was a delight. The hamlets in this valley are no further than a mile apart and all have their own individual charm. The path as I left Stonethwaite was bordered on both sides by moss covered, rugged stone fences.

Walking from Stonethwaite to Rosthwaite

Bidding beautiful Borrowdale adieu, we walked over the wet, slippery stones in Johnny’s Wood. A chain was provided to aid the walker in these wet conditions. The trail took us through the village of Seatoller, known for having one of the highest rainfall averages in the UK at 137.8 inches per year. Based on our experience with rain the last two days, I believe it!

Navigating slippery rocks in Johnny’s Wood

To our great joy the sun appeared as we began an uphill march to Seatoller Fell.

Climb up to Seatoller Fell

Once on the fell, it appeared that our rainy, misty day was turning into a sunny day on the fells of England. Little lambs were cavorting and wildflowers were strewn along the path.

Seatoller Fell

Oops, English weather happened (as it did frequently this day) and gone was the sun as the rain and clouds descended upon us while we worked our way up to Honister Pass.

Back into the cloud near Honister Hause Pass

Honister Pass is well known for its slate mine which began around 1750 and is still active. Visitors may take a tour through it. The slate that is mined here is green in color and has been used in London on the roofs of the Ritz Hotel and St. James’s Palace. We stopped to have a cup of tea at the visitors’ center to relax and warm up. I did purchase a C2C slate coaster as a memento of the trek.

Warming up at Honister Slate Mine Visitor Center

The weather had not improved as we continued on our way up the old quarry tramway towards Grey Knotts.

Walking up the old tramway at the Honister slate mine

We carefully picked our way down, over and around the rocks on Loft Beck.

Beginning the descent on Loft Beck

At times it was a scramble to find the right route.

Scramble on Loft Beck

Finally, the rocky path was behind us and the easy-going trail through the fell was quite welcome.

Back to nice fell walking

We stopped for some refreshment at the remote Black Sail Youth Hostel, which had previously been a shepherd’s bothy and is not accessible by car. After chatting with other hikers and eating our lunch, we were once again on our way.

Black Sail Youth Hostel

The heavy cloud was again lifting as we lost elevation and made our way down a gravel forest track with Ennerdale Water just peeking out through the trees in the distance. Ennerdale Water is a 2 1/2 mile-long glacial lake surrounded by high fells and is the western-most lake in the Lake District National Park.

Forest track with Ennerdale Water in the distance

Soon our path made its way along the River Liza giving us nice views to enjoy as we walked by.

Walk along River Liza

As we approached Ennerdale Water we were taken in by the beauty of the Ennerdale Valley.

Ennerdale Water

Looking back up the mountain, I think we just missed some heavy rainfall. Ennerdale Water was quite peaceful, though, as we walked along the water’s edge.

Looking back on path along Ennerdale Water

The hike today was long and exhausting, so we were thrilled to enter Ennerdale Bridge and the Shepherd’s Arms where our B&B host, Paul Stanley, had planned to meet us.

Shepherd’s Arms in Ennerdale Bridge

Paul took us about two miles to Ennerdale View B&B that he and his wife, Jo, had just purchased last month. It was a lovely B&B with a terrific view of Ennerdale Water and the wild mountains of the Lake District. They prepared a superb dinner for us, after which we began an early, champagne sipping, hot-tub soaking celebration of our (near) completion of both the C2C and their one month anniversary of their B&B ownership.

View of Ennerdale Water from Ennerdale View B&B

Paul and Jo Stanley, our very kind, hospitable hosts at Ennerdale View B&B.

Paul and Jo Stanley at Ennerdale View B&B

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