I’ve booked a week in the Lake District this summer. I’ve always wanted to go, so another ticked destination on my bucket list.
I’m meeting up with an old friend who I used to share a house with, in the days when we were both footloose and fancy-free. Footloose we may have been in those days, but a few decades on, I for one am not quite as sure-footed or as fit as I used to be and it’s time I started doing something about it.
So the fitness countdown is on. My new lightweight hiking boots are on order and should arrive any day now along with my breathable, no blister, water wicking socks. I have just over 5 months to get myself in fell walking shape.
We have booked an idyllic Lakeland Cottage just outside Keswick with views of the Western Fells, Grisedale Horseshoe, Causey Pike and the rest, even round to Catbells.
I might not be aiming for the dizzy heights of Scafell Pike, (978 m or, for those born before 1965, 3209 ft), but the lure of a local hostelry at the end of each hike is very appealing, along with the views.