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Day 5: Patterdale to Shap
We had a good start, with breakfast at 7:30 and a half mile walk into town. Bought sandwiches, bread and fruit for lunch, at the post office, and headed across the stream to begin the climb up to Angletarn Pike. I discovered too late that I had left my walking stick behind at Noran Bank Farm. Up high the wind was blowing cold and stiff, and there was a haziness in the air that persisted most of the day. Despite the haze, the views from the first peaks and the path along to Kidsty Pike, was spectacular.
We ate lunch behind and just below the crest of the crag, seeking shelter from the wind, while looking north down an attractive valley. The descent was gentle and enjoyable until the last 400 feet or so when the slope became jarring.
Starting from the head of Haweswater Reservoir, we made the long walk north along the slope above its western shore, enjoying the gentle breezes and warm sun. Stopped by a small stream where we met again with Anna, sometime walking companion, and her friendly dog Yorick. Boots off and a soak in the cool water before heading on past the dam.
Our departure from the lake district was abruptly clear as we left Haweswater and headed east across the dales seeking Shap. The walk became very tiring now, and our physical state was brought crushingly home as we climbed up from the small valley that hides Shap Abbey. The walk is on paved roads the last mile plus from there to the north end of Shap. I have seldom been more grateful to find our home for the night, Feld House.
We found a great meal at the Greyhound down the road, and turned in anticipating a longer 21 mile day tomorrow on the way to Kirkby Stephen.
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