The Grand Tour 2018 – part 4

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I have just finished having a wonderful week in Cumbria. I wanted to spend some time walking through the fels (hills) of the Lake District but staying away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas. I found a lovely cottage in Troutbeck and booked it for a week.

BessyBoot – what a find. A stone cottage that had been the coal house for High Green Farm. Inside the cottage is a beautiful well-appointed one bedroom apartment. Underfloor heating, modern appliances, dishwasher, cosy bedroom, walk-in wet room shower with more under floor heating, great WiFi.

Grand Tour, part 4. Photo: Ross Tonkin
Grand Tour, part 4. Photo: Ross Tonkin

I hardly used my car. I went on a number of walks, 5 miles, 14 miles & 8 miles. I was lucky that it was fine for all the walks, the first two being warm to hot sunny weather. The scenery is spectacular all the way. Some of the tracks were quite rocky meaning I was being very careful not to twist my ankle. There was a lot of flowing water, in fact some of the tracks were quite fast flowing making going quite tricky. I had a challenge on one of the walks; part of the walk was sign posted as being closed due a bridge across a beck (creek) having been washed away in a flood in 2015. Not to be put off I set off across the field toward the beck and decided that with care I could get across the beck on the remains of the bridge. All OK in the end and worth following the original mapped out route.

BessyBoot is situated only a few hundred yards from two Inns. I enjoyed eating at both and often stopped at The Mortal Man Inn for a drink on the way back from a walk. I had booked a table for meal on the second day in Troutbeck. I was impressed that each time I went back they remembered my name. Of course it was always great to get back to the quiet cosiness of BessyBoot.

On Friday I am heading to Tardebigge to pick up the narrow boat that my friend David & I have hired for a week.

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