Earlier this week, Hubby and I took Zack to visit the vet in Keswick for his second booster. Keswick is in the northern Lakes, and a gateway to a number of high fells that tower over the Lake District’s landscape. A month previously, we had also taken our big boy to the vet for his first booster, and our intention was to take Zack for a walk up Latrigg after his jab, using a rather sedate tarmac route suitable for elderly dogs. Unfortunately, I had not brought any directions with me the first time round, and could only remember snippets of what I thought I had committed to memory. Thus we ended walking by Derwentwater instead. Enjoyable, but not quite what we had aimed for! Duh!
This time, I came suitably prepared – or, I thought I had. With a map in hand and directions from a local, my hope was to guide Hubby to a roundabout. Did I get to that roundabout? No. However, I did remember the name of a park that we were meant to pass on our way to the beginning of the route. And, find it we did – but only just. For we didn’t know that we were walking along the correct (un-signposted) path until we came across some other walkers, and asked whether it was the way to the fell. It was.
The unfortunate thing is that we had not found the paved and gently sloping route that an experienced walker who visits us frequently had told us about. Instead, we had blundered upon a steep and muddy footpath, which meandered in picturesque manner through Latrigg Woods, part of the Mirehouse Estate. By the time we had climbed to the higher reaches of the fell, our white dog had changed his coat!
In deference to Zack’s arthritis and increasing years, we never did reach the top of the fell, although we were told that it was only 20 minutes’ climb. That would have been too much for him as his hind legs are not always steady. In fact, he slipped whilst trying to move forward to greet a flat coated retriever coming over to say hello and fell on his nose, earning him a partially muddy snout. Until this day, we had never seen a dirty nose on him before! Next time, we are going to try harder to locate the gentler slope. That way, we can save Zack the hard climb and get to the summit as well.
For a short video clip of Latrigg and pictures of the fell, as well as Zack on the fell, please do visit our Facebook Page as well as our Instagram Page. And if you like what you see, do please like or follow our Facebook Page and Instagram Posts. And, do come visit the Lakes for a break with us to experience this beautiful part of the world for yourselves. We have various B&B stay offers available at present and Valentine’s is coming up, so do tell yourselves that you have a great excuse for taking a peaceful, relaxing and scenic getaway. We’d love to welcome you.
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