15 miles

Lynda was recovering from her strained ankle and walked a little with us this day to stretch out the joint. June also decided to join us also for a few miles. We packed up and bid good-bye to our helpful and hospitable host at the 400-year-old Noran Bank Farm.

Noran Bank Farm B&B

Our first stop was to run into the Patterdale Village Store to procure sandwiches, as there would be no tea shops high on the fells where our path was to take us today. This store caters to the walker, providing food, hiking supplies, Coast to Coast gifts, etc. Leaving the store, we crossed Goldrill Beck and began the day’s trek.

leaving Patterdale

We had high hopes that we were leaving the rain from yesterday behind as we began the uphill march overlooking the beautiful Ullswater Valley.

Ullswater Valley & Patterdale

The higher we climbed, the more spectacular the view! Now Glenridding appeared as it snuggled by the shores of Ullswater.

After a good hike out of Patterdale, we arrived on isolated high-level fells with mountain peaks in all directions that we could just make out through the mist. Sadly, this would be our last day in The Lakes (short for The Lake District), but I promised myself that I would return. The austere beauty of this area was compelling. Angle Tarn was a pretty little lake that lay next to our trail.

Angle Tarn

We wound around and scrambled up the Knott before leaving the official Coast to Coast Path to walk on the fells via an old Roman route called High Street. From this vantage point, we could see that we were approaching the boundaries of our Lake District adventure.

easterly view toward Bampton

As we neared Bampton, we walked down a quite country lane.

nearing Bampton

We stopped to watch a shepherd and his dogs work with a herd of sheep, a common site in this area where I think there are many more sheep than people.

sheep dogs at work

We stayed at the Village Store B&B (now permanantly closed) in Bampton. Our British friends, Jean and Peter, joined us for dinner at the Crown and Mitre in “downtown” Bampton.

Crown and Mitre (left) in Bampton

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