As the weather was still good, there was a desire for a short walk before returning home.
We adopted our recent strategy of driving out of the Lakes to avoid the traffic, before stopping. Thus it was that we ended up in Appleby–in–Westmorland for an impromptu walk. The hastily derived route relied on us being able to use the stepping stones across the River Eden at Colby Laithes.
However, once we reached the stepping stones, we found that the gaps between some of the stones was rather large. So with a couple of our party with a boot full of water, we retreated tails between our legs to the safety of the bank.
We didn't really have a plan B, so whilst we managed to avoid walking back along the same route, our walk was somewhat curtailed.
Back in Appleby–in–Westmorland, we caught up with Mark, who was nursing his knee, for a cup of coffee in a pub, before an al fresco lunch by the river.
Then it was time to make our way home, and fortunately, this did not take the nine hours it did last year.
Report – Alan
Walk rating – Not bad
Pictures by Alan, Alexandra and Roger
The church in Appleby–in–Westmorland.
Our route takes us alongside the River Eden.
We reach the stepping stones – looks a piece of cake.
But after a concerted effort, there is a hasty retreat.
So what's plan B?
Back alongside the river in Appleby–in–Westmorland.