After we had eaten and washed up the breakfast dishes we were packed and ready to leave Black Sail Youth Hostel by 9am.
(If you are interested in staying here then here is the link to YHA Black Sail )
Steve's flair for fashion did not disappoint and we knew whatever the weather we wouldn't be able to lose sight of him in the mountains.
It was another steep climb to start the day.
But once at the top, as the clouds began to lift, we were rewarded with excellent views down the valley to Ennerdale valley and Buttermere valley in the distance.
From the top we descended via an old train track that had been used to bring slate down from a quarry.
At the bottom of the track was a cafe with one of the original trains outside. Naturally we had to partake of a cup of tea and some cake and make use of their beautiful facilities. There was also a large window inside the cafe looking into the workshop so you could watch them cutting the slate.
Today was a short walk of approx 7 miles so we had plenty of time to linger over our drink before moving on again. The path down into the next valley ran parallel to the road and was a pleasant and easy walk to Borrowdale.
We had hoped to stop somewhere for a cream tea which Jim had set his heart on, but unfortunately this beautiful old tea shop in the village of Seatoller was closed.
After lunch we followed the path which took us alongside the fast flowing River Derwent before walking past the Longthwaite Youth Hostel which had beautiful views across the river and up the valley.
This lamb had just been born. It was moving and eventually got on its feet.
Just across from this field was the house where we were staying for the night. A little different from the Hostel we were in last night. We were met at the door by the owner Rachel who showed us to our rooms where she had already carried up all our cases!
This was the view from the house. Rachel was the perfect host with tea and homemade cake provided as soon as we had settled in and showered.
B and Bs do not usually provide evening meals but that wasn't a problem as the village had a wonderful pub with some great food and a chance to catch up with other walkers.