C2C Day 3 - Rosthwaite to Patterdale

Thursday 4th August 2011

C2C Day 3 - Rosthwaite to Patterdale

Rosthwaite to Patterdale, a very long hard day.

We thought Stonethwaite to Grasmere would be too short, but to Patterdale was probably pushing it a bit although we did ease it slightly by doing the Far Easedale Valley option rather than the high level route up and over Helm Crag.

We welcomed Rob for the leg today who had travelled all the way from Portsmouth to join us - a tradition he has kept to this day. He managed to pick one of the hardest of days, two mountain ranges to cross and the second, a climb up Seat Sandal is hard work after you have relaxed in Grasmere.

This stretch is lakeland in all its glory, beautiful central fells, with surrounding views around Borrowdale, Greenup Gill, Greenup Edge and Easedale before crossing the A591 at Grasmere and then heading up Great Tongue to Grisedale Hause and to Patterdale via the Grisedale valley. You can even see Ullswater in the distance. I think you can call this a Lakeland classic.

Our enjoyment was continued in the White Lion where we enjoyed a few beers and chatted with a young couple who we had met a couple of days previously. They had decided to do the high level route on Day 2 (Red Pike - Haystacks) instead of the low level walk alongside Ennerdale. The girl was in a real bad way, she could barely walk - I don't think they made it much further as this was the last time we saw them. We made fun of our German fellow walker (only to find out he was actually Dutch when we met him again at Robin Hoods Bay).

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Distance: 17.2 miles
Duration: 10:45 hours
Ascent: 3916 ft
Difficulty: Hard
Accompanied By: Paul & Rob
Weather: Rain am, Sun pm

3D outline of route