HEADING TO THE BLACK SAIL YOUTH HOSTEL
Today wasn’t as eventful as planned. Leaving Ennerdale Bridge to walk around Ennnerdale Waters and then opting to walk the north side of the lake being dryer on the recommendations of the locals with comments “great day” 20 degrees and 30 percent chance of rain. Fabulous . The Ennerdale waters were beautiful, other walkers were using the south side track, feeling a bit smug thinking no bog on this side. Ha! So I thought, hitting the bracken and the rain within an hour. What happened to 20 degrees and 30 percent of rain. The bracken was so overgrown with added prickles from the nettles and getting more wet from the bracken than the rain.
Decision point arrived, go for the climb up onto High Craig and Scarth Gap and Haystacks before heading to our accomodation for the night Black Sail Hostel? As the mist settles over two thirds of the mountains the decision was made, no Haystacks climb today. Before long a small cabin in a steep valley comes into view.
A spring certainly got in my step , getting closer and closer.
The highlight of the day was definitely staying at the Black Sail. Great little cabin with bunks beds enough for 16 in 3 rooms. A common room and kitchen. The door is always open and any walkers can pop in for a cuppa, leave a donation and on with their hike. A game of dominos followed and before long everyone had arrived that were staying for the night, a fun group.
I love to stay in hostels. A wonderful meal was prepared by the warder and then glass of wine in hand everyone moved outside, big black cow and a few sheep for company and watched the sunset. Can’t get much better than this.