Having spent the night in a B&B 2.5 miles south and downhill from Keld (in the beautiful village of Thwaite) I was keen to get a lift back up the road in the minibus which was collecting my bag. Unfortunately it arrived just as breakfast did, it was a hard choice but with toast in hand I climbed on board.
I took the high route today, through the almost alien landscapes left from mining, and it was up via Crackpot Hall and along to Swinnergill and the old lead mines and workings. The fells were swathed in bluebells, though from afar they also looked like patches of mine workings.
Reaching Surrender Bridge the landscape was back to recognisable Yorkshire Dales, and I spotted my first Grouse – quickly followed by my second and third on the southern slopes of Calver Hill.
A couple of miles on and I was in Reeth Village well before 2.30pm, though the first tea shop / bakery delayed me for a while before finding the B&B for the night.
Emergency rations: None
Blisters: No more
Aching bits: The usual
More photos (from all the days of walking) can be found in the photo gallery.