Ennerdale Bridge to Borrowdale: 15 miles
Bed & Breakfast: The Fox & Hounds
Start Time: 9:30 AM Finish Time: 6:30 PM
Gabriel loves the names of the places we have to arrive at every night. To journey all day through wood and over hill to reach "Borrowdale" sounds like something out of The Lord of the Rings". Alas however, there has not been a Hobbit nor Elve to be seen...but still we hope.
We set out at 9:30 AM and the start of the walk is around Ennerdale Water. We took the south route and the scenery was to die for. Gabriel and I kept stopping just to pause and "take it all in". There was a scary part at one point climbing through some rocky area where a step to the left would mean a long way down to death or very serious injury. Fortunately it was only a few steps but as Gabriel aptly put it, " You wouldn't want to come through here if you'd been drinking."
|Looking back at Ennerdale|
We arrived at the Black Sail Youth hostel at 2:00 PM...a little later than I had planned. The Black Sail is the most remote youth hostel in England and is essentially a shack in the middle of nowhere. It is deserted during the day but offers tea and cake in the kitchen where you place money in a jar on the honor system. We stopped here for about half an hour to eat some snacks, sit on the outside bench, and admire the stunning views of surrounding mountains. Gabriel even got to play a little guitar as one was just inside the lodge.
|Rest at the top of Honnister|