It’s Raining

C2C – Day 4: Tuesday 5 April – ROTHSWAITE to GRASMERE (9 miles)

Today’s almost unremitting mizzle and rain could not dim our colours, nor our mood . . .
. . . whilst Maud too was dressed up for the weather!

Grey skies and driving rain outside our window caused us some trepidation over a fine breakfast at the Scafell Hotel, but miraculously the rain held back for a while as we met up again with Wendy and Maud for the next stage of our C2C Walk. Ascending, first gently out of the Stonethwaite Beck valley, the path steepened significantly as we climbed out of Greenup Gill, culminating in an ungainly but invigorating scramble up some steep rocks to the top of the imposing Lining Crag.

Starting up the valley from Rothswaite . . .
. . . and onto the path up into the hills
A water stop for the Famous Five on the way up
Tim, me, and Rob on top of Lining Crag, . . .
. . . and the view, looking back down Greenup Gill

A boggy ascent over wet peatland took us to the windswept col of Greenup Edge, at the head of the pass, where we rested a short while, up amongst the tops now. Our fun did not end here, as next came an interesting traverse over marshland and the daring stepping stone crossing of a couple of raging streams. By now the cloud and the drizzle enveloped our group, blending with a staggering amount of water around us in the form of becks and bogs, the result of local rainfall totals that rank amongst the very heaviest in the UK.

Approaching the col, . . .
. . . and our arrival on Greenup Edge!

We descended a short distance for a picnic lunch out of the wind and overlooking the new vista of Grasmere Common to the south-east to the green valley beyond. Our climb down was rather less steep than the ascent, alongside some spectacular waterfalls.

A rather self-satisfied selfie, having completed the more arduous sections of today’s walk!

The final leg of our trek took us down through scenic Easedale to the charming village of Grasmere, where we warmed up to tea and cake at Baldry’s Tea House, before retiring to our B&B accommodation at Raise View House to rest up ahead of dinner together.

In The Good Sport tonight we sampled some of the local Grasmere Brewery brews – but we’re hoping that no ice-axes will be required over days ahead!
Fed and watered after a good day’s work!

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