Cumbria Way – Day 5

Day 5, the penultimate day of our walk along the Cumbria Way opened somewhat dank.

We had a lazy 10 am start and strode off across the boggy moorland following our trusty guide book and electronic OS map. Another beautiful day’s walk; we covered the ground quite quickly and picked up the line of the river Calder.

Christine checking the Map - Cumbria Way
Christine checking the map

After 3.5 miles we came to a single lane road and signs of civilisation before turning left through old mining works to head up a steep valley leading to Great Lingy Hill, and eventually ‘The Lingy Hut’, a man-made shed standing in solitary splendour on a windswept ridge. Here we found that our friends from the previous night had preceded us – and signed the visitors’ book.

Great Lingy Hut - Cumbria Way
The Lingy Hut

In fact we saw them later in the distance, so not that far ahead.  After a quick stop for lunch just over the highest point, out of the wind, we descended to our overnight stop in the village of Caldbeck, and enjoyed tea and scones before checking in.

While the food was good there was no Wi-Fi in the room, and the shower was a tiny cubicle with little more than a warm dribble. We were starting to appreciate the excellent value and decent facilities at Elterwater!