Eskdale exertions

Exhausted after our extreme Eskdale exertions? Yup, it wasn’t easy going up hill and over dale in somewhat wet conditions, but we enjoyed every step, every minute of our Lakeland experience. Even the soggy socks after getting sucked into a deep bog…

Up and over

A brief post this week, written in haste and hopeful that a pub internet connection will see this one get out. Still staying in pubs? You bet, and we’ve enjoyed every minute and every pint in hospitable hostelries. It’s going to be hard to tear ourselves away, but for the good of our waistlines, we will soon be heading back to Canada.

Never rains here…

I’m letting the photographs tell the story this week, and I hope some notion of the very best hillwalking we’ve enjoyed comes through. Unless it is obviously a stream, most of the water in these pictures is actually flowing along the trail. We splish-splashed across, into, through and over, and it was all the same – completely exhilarating!4DE0D5D4-9B43-4187-B2D1-1610205C0461.jpeg

We were very fortunate on our two hiking days up there, getting a short sharp rain shower in the first hour of each morning, and then it remained dry. Always threatening another downpour, this only added to the dramatic landscape, and made us feel very content when we made it back down (mostly) dry.

Lunch stop

We stayed at The Woolpack Inn, and if you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend this pub. Hearty breakfasts set you up, and good food and great beer do just the job when you return. From the front door, there are any number of trails to take, ranging from easy strolls to full on scree-scrambling and routes more akin to climbing than hiking.

Splendid stout

What a wonderful place! Might stay here next time:A590A11B-1855-4622-A2B8-D46ABCC885C6Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!


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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

18 thoughts on “Eskdale exertions”

    1. Thanks, Bob! I’ve been trying and trying, and for the life of me I cannot remember the name of this particular stout, but man, it was a good one! Clearly, we’ll have to go back sometime, just to find out the name…


  1. The green wet hike, warmth of a fire and a nice pint of stout must have added up to more than the sum of the parts for a very fine day. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for the image of a very fine day.


      1. Hi PC, I have been to the Lake District and loved every minute. I hope to visit again someday. We drove from the Lake District to Edinburgh which was a fabulous drive.


  2. Wow, the Woolpack looks like a splendid place to kick back with a stout or two and relax or reenergize in dreams of the stone-fence hikes in the wonderful hill country of Wales. Thanks for your reflections on an inspirational get-away!


    1. Walt, I can state with some confidence that you’d love The Woolpack and the surrounding area. A place for rambling tales and trails! Perhaps you’ll find yourself there one day…


  3. i would love to stay in such a rustic place, hopefully with a fireplace to sit and chat with others and keep the dampness at bay. Good breakfast and trails right by the front door? Oh, perfect!


  4. You did a great job of sharing the wet trails and muddy day, pc. Really liked this unusual English countryside hike — some classic English elements like the stone walls and the stairway over it, the stone cabin. So much fun, thanks so much.


    1. Thanks, Jet! We are always sad to leave this particular place – history, scenery, and the perfect pub for hill walkers. We console ourselves by promising to return…
      I hope your week is going well!

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  5. After three days of watching nonstop basketball games, it was so wonderful to enjoy the outdoors this morning through your fabulous scenery and beautiful photos!! I can imagine how hard it will be to tear yourselves away from family, friends, pubs, beers, more pubs, one or two more beers and fantastic hiking areas, but hopefully you can begin planning your next trip to stay at that absolutely wonderful place as Scout drags you across the beach on your return home! Thanks for sharing this stunning place and a chance for me to enjoy the outdoors and my coffee on this cold morning with that great fireplace shot!


    1. Thank you! It is one of our absolute favourite places, and it was only easy to leave because we knew we were soon to see other friends and family. We will go back one day, hopefully sooner rather than later.
      Yes, we reunited with Scout, and yes, she has dragged us out on a trail or two – we were so happy to see her again!
      I hope your week is going well, and I hope you have a team or two to follow as the NHL playoffs loom. Can’t believe how well the Flames are doing… A Flames/Capitals final?!

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