Borrowdale to Patterdale


Distance: 16 miles Time: 9 hours (9 blinking hours!!!!!!) including a wander around Grasmere. It rained heavily during the night so we were pleasantly surprised to see that it had stopped raining by the time we had breakfast. We’d stopped in Stonethwaite and the view from the restaurant was so lovely that there was a temptation to sit all day, wait for the pub to open and stay another day but the Coast to Coast won’t walk itself so we pulled on our boots and set out with an unnerving spring our step. The first part of this walk was alongside the pretty Greenup Gill until you reach Lining Crag and climb up the stony “steps” From Greenup Edge we decided that the weather was clear enough for us to take the higher route to Grasmere but not before tackling some rather boggy patches – we came across one other walker who sank up their thighs and Rachel went up to her knees at one point but unfortunately the camera was safely in the bag! It was a slow walk and as we got closer to Grasmere we decided we needed to make up some time and after Gibson Knott we dropped down a quick zig zag path instead of Helm Crag and walked into Grasmere for quick look around and a snack. It’s a fairly straigforward walk from Grasmere to Patterdale, especially if you’re not tackling Helvellyn or St Sunday Crag. Heading from Grasmere up to Little Tongue to enjoy the view of Grasmere before crossing Grisedale Pass where the wind and rain picked up again. There were some intrepid souls setting up camp by Grisedale Tarn and I was half tempted to see if we could join them but we knew the path would take us to Patterdale for a well earned pint and peanut! Mind you this is one of those paths that dragged on. and on. and on. and on. Wainwright suggested that it is worth taking two days for this section and had time permitted we would have taken his advice as although this was a manageable walk in a day the scenery on a clear day would be worth taking more time to enjoy.