Lands end John o groats (walking) LEJOG

Lands end John o groats (walking) LEJOG

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Bill

47,907 posts

232 months

Wednesday 11th May
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Amazing going! Do you know when your halfway point is/was?

Harpoon

1,224 posts

191 months

Wednesday 11th May
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i4got said:
spikeyhead said:
How's progress?
Last day on the Dales Way tomorrow taking me to Windermere.

Then a day off !! First day off since Worcester. 20 days ago.

Tonight I ordered a new pair of the trail shoes I wear. Same make/model/size. I pick up in Kendal on Friday. I thought my shoes would last till Carlisle but not quite - holes worn through the back of the heels and soles lost all traction.

Other stuff to do on day off - laundry and haircut.

Wife is up on her second visit in the motorhome. She goes back Saturday. So I've had 2 days walking with a daypack only and sleeping in the motorhome.

After the day off - the Cumbria Way to Carlisle.
Are you going though Keswick? If so, the Keswick Brewery has an excellent tap which is worth a visit if open. The Round (on the main street) does some cracking burgers if you need evening food and is staggering distance from the tap. Neither mind scruffy walkers as we hit the tap & then The Round after walking Skiddaw (via Skiddaw House) last month

i4got

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5,100 posts

55 months

Wednesday 11th May
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Harpoon said:
Are you going though Keswick? If so, the Keswick Brewery has an excellent tap which is worth a visit if open. The Round (on the main street) does some cracking burgers if you need evening food and is staggering distance from the tap. Neither mind scruffy walkers as we hit the tap & then The Round after walking Skiddaw (via Skiddaw House) last month
Thanks for that. I hope to be stopping at Keswick. Already tried Skiddaw House. The Camping and caravan club is also showing no availability but they’re normally pretty good as squeezing in a backpacker. If I can I’ll try out your recommendations.

Faust66

1,779 posts

142 months

Wednesday 11th May
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Very impressed with your progress OP. I take my hat off to you.

Keep the post coming as this is (probably) the best thread on PH at the moment IMO.

mikeiow

3,749 posts

107 months

Thursday 12th May
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I like the Relive 'recordings' you've posted - are they straightforward to use?
I've downloaded the app and linked it to my Wahoo (for cycling).....will try a test later, but if you have any hints'n'tips, do share!

Keep on hiking!!

i4got

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5,100 posts

55 months

Friday 13th May
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mikeiow said:
I like the Relive 'recordings' you've posted - are they straightforward to use?
I've downloaded the app and linked it to my Wahoo (for cycling).....will try a test later, but if you have any hints'n'tips, do share!

Keep on hiking!!
Pretty straightforward. I usually set the video speed to slow when making the video.

You can record your route in airplane mode - only needs gps mot phone service.

You need phone service or wifi at the end to sync the activity and photos to the Relive server and create the video

That can take some time depending on how strong the service is.

indigochim

1,186 posts

107 months

Friday 13th May
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Just binge read your thread what a great adventure. I've not done any backpacking for some time and think I should change that, I'm impressed at you being able to keep your kit list so minimal. I remember lugging considerably more on my last trip, C2C, and think you've got the right idea not lugging cooking gear and all the extras.

PurpleTurtle

5,706 posts

121 months

Friday 13th May
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Great to see your Kendal to Windermere pics on the FB group yesterday, I camped in that neck of the woods last summer.

Were you perchance in the MH at the Camping and Caravan Club site at 'Windermere', which is nowhere near Windermere!

I wondered if you passed through Staveley? Great pub The Eagle and Child there, and Hawkshead Brewery taproom too. Both might have hampered progress however! hehe

i4got

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5,100 posts

55 months

Friday 13th May
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PurpleTurtle said:
Great to see your Kendal to Windermere pics on the FB group yesterday, I camped in that neck of the woods last summer.

Were you perchance in the MH at the Camping and Caravan Club site at 'Windermere', which is nowhere near Windermere!

I wondered if you passed through Staveley? Great pub The Eagle and Child there, and Hawkshead Brewery taproom too. Both might have hampered progress however! hehe
I was in the c&cc site at Kendal which is a 6 quid taxi ride into kendal smile

Passed through Staveley too early for the pub but diverted into the village for coffee. There was another brewery on the path just outside Burneside called Handsome but again too early.

Had to wait for the Royal Oak at Bowness for the first beer but it was a pretty short walk - about 12 miles or just less.



i4got

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5,100 posts

55 months

Friday 13th May
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I’ve had such a productive day off today.

Apart from the usual haircut and laundry I replaced my worn out shoes.

On the planning front I have reworked my route slightly and now have a workable route with accommodation either booked or easily available - or in a couple of the more remote spots - wild camping identified.

Also due to wild camping requirements I’ve now taken on cooking and eating equipment as well as a couple of boil in the bag meals.

It may start to get interesting as the remoteness of some of the Scottish route kicks in - and the distances between pubs.

McAndy

9,618 posts

154 months

Friday 13th May
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Just found this thread. It is awesome. You are awesome!

Stay safe. Will follow donation link over the weekend smile

i4got

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5,100 posts

55 months

Saturday 14th May
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Fabulous walk today. Wasn’t expecting too much as it was a ‘link’ day - getting from the Dales way over to the Cumbria Way. The first half from Windermere to Ambleside was good but the second half over to Chapel Stile near Elterwater fantastic. Beautiful weather and spectacular views.

The regular next stage stop would be Keswick but I’m splitting it in the middle at Rosthwaite so instead of the low level walk, I can fit in two high level alternate sections. I don’t want to spend all this time getting to the Lakes and not take full advantage. Mind you if the weather changes, I may revisit that decision.

Got a great camp site tonight and a YHA booked for tomorrow night.

Sitting in the Wainwright pub, with a pint of Wainwrights and waiting for my Cumberland sausage and mash. I’ve gone full native.







Bill

47,907 posts

232 months

Saturday 14th May
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cloud9 Just had a great week in Ambleside over Easter.

Which way are you heading?

i4got

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5,100 posts

55 months

Saturday 14th May
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Bill said:
cloud9 Just had a great week in Ambleside over Easter.

Which way are you heading?
Tomorrow Great Langdale to Rosthwaite via Glaramara. Then next day - Keswick via the east side of Derwentwater. (Walla Crag).

Thats if the weather holds. Otherwise I’ll stay lower.


Bill

47,907 posts

232 months

Saturday 14th May
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Nice! Looks like it'll be ok.

ETA hmmm: https://www.mwis.org.uk/forecasts/english-and-wels... Might be better sticking to the Cumbria Way rather than over Glaramara.

Edited by Bill on Saturday 14th May 20:10

Wacky Racer

35,636 posts

224 months

Saturday 14th May
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Mrs WR's friends husband is in Kendal atm. (Set off around the same time as you I think)

She is following him in their campervan)

(He caught Covid a week ago) smile

Mr Squarekins

477 posts

39 months

Saturday 14th May
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i4got said:
Fabulous walk today. Wasn’t expecting too much as it was a ‘link’ day - getting from the Dales way over to the Cumbria Way. The first half from Windermere to Ambleside was good but the second half over to Chapel Stile near Elterwater fantastic. Beautiful weather and spectacular views.

The regular next stage stop would be Keswick but I’m splitting it in the middle at Rosthwaite so instead of the low level walk, I can fit in two high level alternate sections. I don’t want to spend all this time getting to the Lakes and not take full advantage. Mind you if the weather changes, I may revisit that decision.

Got a great camp site tonight and a YHA booked for tomorrow night.

Sitting in the Wainwright pub, with a pint of Wainwrights and waiting for my Cumberland sausage and mash. I’ve gone full native.

Great work. Love the Wainwright Inn. Every visit, I make a point of asking if Wainwrights in.

The Mad Monk

9,715 posts

94 months

Sunday 15th May
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i4got said:
Fabulous walk today. Wasn’t expecting too much as it was a ‘link’ day - getting from the Dales way over to the Cumbria Way. The first half from Windermere to Ambleside was good but the second half over to Chapel Stile near Elterwater fantastic. Beautiful weather and spectacular views.

The regular next stage stop would be Keswick but I’m splitting it in the middle at Rosthwaite so instead of the low level walk, I can fit in two high level alternate sections. I don’t want to spend all this time getting to the Lakes and not take full advantage. Mind you if the weather changes, I may revisit that decision.

Got a great camp site tonight and a YHA booked for tomorrow night.

Sitting in the Wainwright pub, with a pint of Wainwrights and waiting for my Cumberland sausage and mash. I’ve gone full native.
Not cheap - £18 - but what the heck!

https://www.langdale.co.uk/wainwrights-inn/

i4got

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5,100 posts

55 months

Sunday 15th May
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The Mad Monk said:
i4got said:
Fabulous walk today. Wasn’t expecting too much as it was a ‘link’ day - getting from the Dales way over to the Cumbria Way. The first half from Windermere to Ambleside was good but the second half over to Chapel Stile near Elterwater fantastic. Beautiful weather and spectacular views.

The regular next stage stop would be Keswick but I’m splitting it in the middle at Rosthwaite so instead of the low level walk, I can fit in two high level alternate sections. I don’t want to spend all this time getting to the Lakes and not take full advantage. Mind you if the weather changes, I may revisit that decision.

Got a great camp site tonight and a YHA booked for tomorrow night.

Sitting in the Wainwright pub, with a pint of Wainwrights and waiting for my Cumberland sausage and mash. I’ve gone full native.
Not cheap - £18 - but what the heck!

https://www.langdale.co.uk/wainwrights-inn/
Yes it was a pretty pricey pub but they have a captive market.



Edited by i4got on Sunday 15th May 18:52

i4got

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5,100 posts

55 months

Sunday 15th May
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Just a cut n paste from my FB..

Set off at 915 with the plan to get to the Old Dungeon Ghyll by 1030. Their website showed breakfast served 1030 till noon and the menu looked good.

Scooted past the New hotel with its smell of bacon wafting out and about a mile later came to the old hotel.

Disaster it wasn’t open. Had a chat with a couple of people and they said they NT campsite 5 minutes away did bacon rolls. This was partially true. They sold bacon and rolls but unfortunately in their raw form.

Was able to get a coffee and a couple of croissants though - hardly the best prep before climbing a mountain.

Sat on a picnic table with my stomach thinking of the hotel fake news breakfast menu while I chewed my croissants.

At least if the worst comes to the worst theres a shelter marked on map near the top and I have a boil in the bag chilli - not to mention a snickers and two kendal mint cakes.

Incudentally the NT site is much nicer than the one I stayed at. Should have kept walking a bit longer yesterday.

Checked altimeter - 100 meters currently and Glaramara was nearly 800 metres - yikes.

The first mile was worryingly flat. Worryingly because that means the ascent would be steeper.

Got to a fork in the path - right for the easier route via Stake Pass and left for the harder route via Glaramara. From where I stood they both loooked pretty difficult but I turned left anyway. I had plenty of time on my hands so could take it nice and slow.

Noone else up here so switched on my emergency GPS tracker just in case. The weather is looking perfect till at least 6pm and I plan to be finished well before then.

At 610m I reached a hill above Angle tarn. It’s a famous wild camping spot and I can see why. There are a couple of wild swimmers in there as I pass.

Then another peach of a climb to Allen Crags at 785 metres. Pretty blowy on top.

Still had another descent and climb to get to Glaramara. I assumed it would be more of the same but it was much more of a climb and scramble - not easy with a full rucksack.

Downhill to Rosthwaite wasn’t as easy as I expected and took forever. Got to the YHA hostel just before 6pm. The weather held all day and still no sign of the forecast rain.

All in all, a great walk - bit longer than I thought - 13 miles over 8 hours.

Filling myself up with stodgy food and beer now - I think I deserve it.