My lovely wife stumbled across a brilliant trail running book with 20 routes around the Lake District, by Helen Mort. The runs start at 5km and go all the way up to 17km, so nothing too serious. The routes are all on good trails as well, minimising the chance of getting lost. Today we did route #8, an 8km route from Grasmere to Easedale Tarn and back.
We set off in lovely weather, sunny but still cold, through the quiet streets of Grasmere, and onto the first trail, with great views of a waterfall, known as Sourmilk Gill.
We continued to climb, walking the steep sections and running when it was easier or flatter. There were a few other walkers and runners about, but it wasn’t busy by a long way, although there were a few people enjoying the views once we reached the tarn.
I’d recently been to a strategic day with work, and had been asked if I would record a quick video of what I thought of the day, so I did this while standing half way up the fells. I’m actually quite pleased with how it turned out, especially as this is the first time that I’d ever done something like that.
Anyway, we crossed over the stepping stones and started the gentle descent back down to Grasmere. Once back in the town we obviously stopped for cake, scone and coffee, and we even let old Nelly lick out the clotted cream container.
I know that 5 miles is a very short little adventure, but after the last couple of years any day out is a good day. I also have to add that if all of the routes in Helen Mort’s book are as good as this one then we’ll be a very happy little team.