The final leg of the walk to Brampton was conducted much in the style of previous days with a steady downpour accompanying us for much of the way. Fortunately having visited the area only last year I knew we would be in the vicinity of Lanercost Priory and it’s excellent tea room/Restaurant by lunchtime. This proved to be the case and five extremely moist walkers proceeded to cause chaos in the restaurant by depositing impromptu pools of water over the floor. Suitably refreshed we struck out for Brampton arriving mid-afternoon at the end of a challenging but very rewarding week.
One of many Orchids carpeting the old quarry site at Walltown
Some personal reflections on the trip:
Walking 90+k, the majority of it in five days doesn’t guarantee that you’ll lose any weight. I seem to have acquired a couple or three extra pounds. Could it be anything to do with the fried breakfasts, pints of Guinness and hearty dinners every day?
We all got on well and learned a lot about the local flora thanks to Steve’s extensive knowledge of the subject. See above photo of Spotted Orchid as an example.
Some of the gear just wasn’t up to scratch. On the plus side my waterproof Rohan trousers proved to be a great purchase, especially as I got them in the sale. Saves a good deal of time balancing on one leg and trying to drag overtrousers on and off. Similarly my waterproof rucksack took everything the weather could throw at it without flinching. On the negative side both my Berghaus and Helly Hansen jackets gave up the ghost and eventually let in water as did my admittedly antique Berghaus walking boots even after a double treatment of Nikwax.
The whole trip ran without a hitch so Chrissy definitely came up trumps booking with Contours. We stayed in some lovely abodes, ate well and always found our bags waiting for us when we reached our destination at the end of the day.
The challenge now is to maintain some degree of physical fitness without the lure of the Guinness at the end of the day!!