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What to expect when walking the Cumbria Way

I’ve been eyeing a walking trip in the English Lake District for several years now. The time never seemed to be right, but I finally made a time to go do it. The cool thing is that my dad came with me. The trail was not exactly what we expected, but it was a lot…

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What we did around Keswick

The end of our Cumbrian Way walk was the town of Keswick. Keswick, pronounced Keszik, is a tourist town in the middle of the lake district in England. It is a destination for tourists as well as a good base for hiking. As much as I enjoyed our four days of hiking (1 2  3…

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Day 4: Rosthwaite to Keswick

This was our final day and we knew it deep to our bones. We had accomplished the mountain leg the day before and two more days before that. We had already fully acknowledged that dad and I are novice hikers and we were sore. According to my map, this was a less scenic day as…

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Handsome Sheep

My father and I walked a portion of the Cumbria Way in Northwest England over four days (Read day one starting here). Sheep are an ever present companion on the trail as so much of the trail runs beside and through sheep fields. Sheep poop too, but that is less photogenic. I have written a…

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Kissing Gates and Styles of Stiles

Dry Stone Walls separate sheep from more sheep as they criss cross the Cumbrian landscape. Wooden fences and wire fences cut across fields. The land is divided and quartered, but there are always ways over (for humans.) This was one of the most fascinating parts of walking the Cumbria Way to me. We were on…

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Day 3: Dungeon Ghyll to Rosthwaite

We reluctantly left the comforts of the Old Dungeon Ghyll and headed out to the highest day of our portion of the Cumbrian Way. There are higher passes on the complete way, but they are beyond Keswick where dad and I stopped. We ate our hearty English breakfast and picked up our packed lunch at…

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Dry Stone Walls

When you think about the English countryside, what images come to mind? Sheep? Yes, of course. Beer and pubs? More town than countryside, but I’m totally there. How about this image of the rolling green hills partitioned by wandering stone walls? That was definitely in my head as Dad and I started out on our…

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Day 2: Coniston to Dungeon Ghyll

The first day of our Cumbria Way hike exhausted us completely, but we had heard from the guys at the pub that our second day should be easier. The woman who brought us heaping plates of eggs and sausage for breakfast agreed. Now that we have hiked the day, I would agree it is indeed…