Distance walked today 10 miles
Total distance walked 604 miles
Distance left 448 miles
Yesterday's posting was done at The Joiner's Arms last night, helped by an excellent pint of Helvellyn Gold from the Hesket Newmarket brewery.
Lazonby has an excellent Co-op with everything that a hiker needs (and more). Opening hours are 7.30am-8.00pm.
Today started off a bit rainy. I walked along the road to the next village, Kirkoswald. Not a very big place but it supports three pubs. The village shop/PO has recently closed.
Emerging from the wood, I crossed the Eden, a wide river at this point, over the quite old road bridge into Armathwaite.
There were a couple of pubs here but they didn't detain me. The village shop may or may not still be functioning - it was closed today, although it was lunchtime.
Knowing that today's walking was going to be quite short, I took the road north-west out of Armathwaite to the Forestry Commission's High Stand Plantation, thinking that I might find somewhere reasonable to spend the night. I collected water from the nearby Caravan Club site at Englethwaite Hall and am pitched in woodland overlooking a small lake. Not that discreet but the only passers by are people staying at the CC site (apart from a couple of young lads who threw a pine cone at the tarp but a shout sent them on their way). This is my first proper wildcamp of the trip and it's pretty perfect (apart from a few midges).