Monday, 30 July 2007

Day 7 - Lockerbie to Kendal

22nd July

Starting bright and becoming sunny and warm. The campsite at Hoddom Castle, on the shores of Annan Water, is large and well-established. There's a restaurant and a bar and a games room.

Our pitches couldn't have been further from the toilet block and showers!

Mary Queen of Scots was a friend of the castle owner in the sixteenth century, according to the free history booklet which you can get at the shop.

The route continued gentle and undulating over the border to England (hooray!) and beyond Carlisle and Penrith. The village of Shap lies at the foot of a steep climb to the edge of the Lake District.

The ascent to Shap Summit took the boys no longer than half an hour. They accepted the reward of doughnuts with alacrity, arriving at Kendal Youth Hostel within the next hour.

Photos show the boys ready to set off outside Hoddom Castle, a landscape looking east from Shap, the ascent to the summit and the boys enjoying their doughnuts with Len and Paul Wicks, who caught up with us there.

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