Day 3 – Rosthwaite to Grasmere

After we climbed the mountain on Day 2 we really believed the most challenging part was over.  After all, we were on a “walk” and not a climbing adventure.  So in the company of three other couples we left Rosthwaite, packed lunches on our backs, and headed out.  Innocent as babes in the wood.

The trail became less distinguishable and turning back was not an option.  Two people had GPS Garmins and seemed confident we were definitely on the right track.  The incline became more tense as we were now climbing over huge rocks and pushing ourselves higher and higher.  Every ridgeline above sent silent prayers that we were nearing the top and would soon begin the descent into Grasmere where an extra day of rest was on the agenda.

The hope for a final ridgeline disapated as we continued to follow the others into mist and cloud.  With limited visibility we had no idea which way to go.  Fortunately, the group had formally adopted us by now and were as attentive as a mother hen with new chicks.  They guided us along a zigzag ridge across the top and up yet some more.  Finally, finally our boots began to point down instead of up.

Going down a steep incline can be as dangerous as going up.  Gravity is not your friend in either direction.  Three people fell on the descent.  We were all mid-life with a lot of pride so each fall was followed by assurances that nothing was damaged.  Charlotte took a short sit down fall on some grass and thus was fine.  Our descent was SLOW and careful.

When we finally got down to the valley floor and turned the corner into Grasmere we were ready to kiss the flat ground!  The experiences of the past two days put this adventure into a new perspective for us.  Knowing what the next day held was suddenly vital.  We had already changed direction once … Dent Fell was listed in our guidebook as “This is just about the steepest path on the whole trail.  Mind your ankles!”  Officially it navigated the south side of a lake.  Jeez!  That was easy to avoid, we simply took the north side flat path.  No genius needed for that.

Little did we know what lay in store ….

Grasmere – How Foot Lodge

Grasmere is a perfect place to linger for a day.

Our lodging was next door to Dove Cottage, home to the famous poet Wordsworth, who lived there for years with his sister, Dorothy. Wordsworth was a sensitive guy who penned prose about the surrounding natural beauty and struck great success writing about daffodils.

Dove Cottage

Wordsworth’s poetry is sprinkled generously about the grounds. This one reads …

”Through primrose-tufts, in that sweet bower the Periwinkle trail’d its wreaths.  And tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes” W.W.

Phil Cox, following our trek while reminiscing about when he and Corina did the C2C in 2004, was moved to bring Wordsworth back to life long enough to capture some of our most memorable moments so far …

“I wandered lonely as a cloud that floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw Rita and Charlotte clambering on all fours, Stumbling over yonder hills until, behold, quite near a field of golden daffodils I saw Charlotte’s arse hit the grass, a nasty spill indeed, Undamaged she recomposed herself, sat beside the lake, beneath the trees, singing praises to our dear Lord that their C2C would not abort, and so with joy they exclaimed, “On to Patterson Walk we will go, unruffled and composed!”, and lo, they did with not a sniffle or sneeze march on to the
fluttering and dancing of the breeze.”

Simply brilliant!

15 Replies to “Day 3 – Rosthwaite to Grasmere”

  1. We’re excited to get your updates and see what fun things you are experiencing. Keep on keeping on and having a fun-filled time. Safe travels for you both. We love Phil’s “prose”. He’s quiet the son-in-law.

    Hugs,
    Mary Helen & Larry

  2. Hello dear Rita and friend, loving reading your posts and glad you are getting on so well with many friendly, helping hands along the way. I know from having “walked” (more like climbed, scrambled much of the time!) the West Highland Way, how shocked, surprised I was at times at just how challenging it was.
    It’s an experience you will always cherish and never regret. Good on you both. Rooting for you! Love, Karen

  3. Looks like a real challenge for the old body. Enjoy the beauty and the recorded memory. May never do it again. Enjoy the good fortune to share this great memory. Be careful, we know you will. Dave and Lynn

  4. Girls, so proud of you both.See bums are good for something.
    Brave on gals, your doing great.
    It’s beautiful, to see your journey.
    Love Moe ❤️

  5. WE ENJOY SHARING THIS UNIQUE TRIP WITH YOU AND LOOKING TO OUR NEXT OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE. WE ARE ANXIOUS TO INTRODUCE YOU TO OUR NEW LITTLE GIRL, THE NEW LOVE OUR LIVES. BELLA

  6. Takes a couple of really tough and inspired ladies to do this journey. ENJOY. You will have beautiful memories, and will be able to look back and laugh at things that were painful at the time.
    Sojourn on girls. We are wishing you a safe journey.

  7. Sounds like you both are on quite an adventure, Oh, what daily thrills you have been through ! Not knowing what is ahead each day must be exciting. Hope you are well and your feet and legs are “holding up! I’m sure your training and conditioning has definitely “paid off”. Really enjoying your updates!!

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