Thursday, 18 October 2012

C2C Stage 4: Grasmere to Glenridding

Day 5 is supposedly another strenuous day even though it is only an 8 mile stage. Time will tell.

Grasmere (75m) to Glenridding (150m).
Distance 8 miles/13km - Strenuous - Height Gain 505m/1655ft - 5 hours

A late start - 11:30am from Grasmere (stating at the 38 mile mark) with an expected arrival in Glenridding (around the 46 mile mark) of 4:30pm.

This short stage is a great hike with views back to Grasmere and, once over the pass, down across Grisedale to Patterdale, another gorgeous valley with the lake of Ullswater twinkling away to the north. 

We follow the lane to Mill Bridge then take the rocky path which climbs steadily alongside Tongue Gill to Grisedale Tarn (550m). From Grisedale Tarn we follow the route down hill alongside Grisedale Beck to Patterdale valley and the village of Glenridding on the shores of Ullswater.

Note: Close to the outlet of Grisedale Tarn is the ‘Brothers Parting Stone’. This is the point that William Wordsworth last met his brother John who later died when his ship sank at sea.

There are two other routes from Grisedale Tarn to the Patterdale valley ... both considerably more challenging than the one we will be taking.

There are a few pubs for meals and village shops in Glenridding.

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