Day Five: Patterdale to Burnbanks

Day Five of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast: Patterdale to Burnbanks;  17 km, weather: overcast at start, then hot and sunny.

A final, high level farewell to the Lake District, with the chance of seeing wild deer and a golden eagle before following the flooded valley of Haweswater… Martin Waignwright, “The Coast to Coast Walk”, p. 66

Alas we were not to see the deer or a golden eagle. Perhaps my great heavy boots could be heard from afar and scared off any wildlife!

The track out of Patterdale soon leaves the road and begins a gentle climb up to Boredale Hause. Looking back to Patterdale avails one of a spectacular view. Although slightly overcast the weather is perfect for walking and the beauty of this section of the track put a spring in both of our steps.

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On the track up to Boredale Hause, looking back at Patterdale.

Continuing upwards past Boredale Hause, the path continued to Angletarn Pike which afforded views of Angle Tarn, an interesting lake with an archipelago of islands.

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Two views of Angle Tarn with its archipelago of islands…

From the tarn, our next major landmark was The Knott. Although the track skirts around the summit we decided that as the weather was clearing we would chance a look from the top. It was worth it as the Roman Road, known as “High Street” was clear to see. Having failed Map Reading 101 I did not note carefully that prior to heading onto the Roman Road we were to take a left turn toward Kidsty Pike, which would lead us to the Haweswater Reservoir and eventually our overnight digs. As we proceeded merrily along the Roman Road things began to twig and a close inspection of the map and guidebook made us realise that we had gone at least two kilometres too far!

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Views from near Saura Crag, the first looking back toward the direction we had come from. Ann along the track. The last view is of The Knott in the mist.

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Another view of The Knott in the distance. The second is of Hayeswater, another beautiful tarn.

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High Street, the Roman Road was like a magnet to us- we certainly did not pass Map Reading 101 on this trip!  Another view from above.

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Kidsty Pike and the track leading to Haweswater Reservoir. With the dry summer the reservoir’s water levels were quite low.

A quick back track and a chat with fellow travellers who had done the same soon had us heading along the ridge we should have taken an hour before. On the grassy slopes overlooking Haweswater Reservoir we enjoyed our lunch and the warmth of the afternoon sun. Day Five almost down and we are loving this incredible walk, which Wainwright obviously got right.

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Lunch taken on the grassy slopes above Haweswater Reservoir. A delightful stone bridge over one of the streams which feed the reservoir.

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A feeder stream for the reservoir. A shot looking down the reservoir toward the dam. Note the fact that the drought had lowered the reservoir levels quite drastically.




The Coast to Coast signpost at Burnbanks.

On arrival at Burnbanks we were picked up by taxi and ferried to our overnight digs at Moorahill. The accommodation was a converted barn. Tastefully decorated and very comfortable, the room was set above a sunken lounge. Julie our hostess served us a most delicious vegetable hotpot for dinner that evening. We settled in for a cosy evening and slept very well. The following morning after a sumptuous English breakfast, our taxi took us back to the Coast to Coast sign at Burnbanks.

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