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Footloose Librarians' Coast to Coast Journal
Day 4

Day 4: Grasmere to Patterdale
Friday 8th September 2006

Another brilliant day, starting out windless. Looking out the window at breakfast, the scene was so perfectly still that a single blackbird flying through the treetops was startling in its contrast. After a twenty minute walk to the base of the climb, we headed up a gentle bridle path on the right side of Tongue Gill to the path, and the high blue water of Grisedale Tarn. The descent to Patterdale was a delight. The previous day’s descent was described by Stedman as “the most gentle of ambles”, but for my money that honor belongs to the walk down Grisedale Valley.

We met our Aussie friends, Michael and Judy, sunning themselves on a rock below Ruthwaite Lodge, and saw them again in Patterdale after the walk. They are staying on in Patterdale an extra night- hope we meet up with them again.

Tomorrow looks like a hard 16 miles, with higher climbs early, and long walks toward Shap. We are planning an earlier start, and expecting a longer day. Tonight we had a good curry a the White Lion, and a night and Noran Bank Farm, a 17th century working farm about a half mile south of Patterdale.


 

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