Walk up High Stile
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THURSDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
I got the train to Penrith then the bus to Patterdale. I then had about a three mile walk down the road to Sykeside Campsite. Unfortunately I had to carry a really heavy rucksack and I did consider getting a taxi but ended up walking because I really didn’t want to have to pay for one. After about 50 minutes walking I arrived as the sun was starting to go down. Even in the dark putting up the tent was no problem and I was soon cooking myself some pasta, to which I added tinned mackerel. A little mishap here as the pan fell off the camp stove spilling my al dente style pasta over the grass. Never mind, a quick rinse under the tap and it was fine, if a little cold. As there was nothing else to do and it was too dark to read I decided to go straight to bed so I would be nice and fresh for the walk the next day.
FRIDAY 28th SEPTEMBER
I awoke at about after a fairly cold night and had some cereal for breakfast. One advantage of the cold is that I was able to bring milk with me and it stayed cold overnight. I was walking by with a daysack and plenty of layers of clothing - which came off almost straight away as the initial part of the walk up Caudale Moor was very steep. From here it was an easy walk to Stony Cove Pike, which you can’t really miss as there is a great big pillar made out of slate on the top.
I completed the walk much quicker than I expected (3h 45 mins) and so had plenty of time at the campsite before it was time to eat. I couldn't be bothered cooking again so I took a walk into Patterdale (1h 30 round trip) and had Steak Pie and chips in a cosy little pub.
Due to the low clouds there were no really spectacular views but it was still a nice walk all the same.
More details (maps, route etc.) and pictures of this walk can be found here.