Between Carlisle and Caldbeck, the Cumbria Way generally follows the course of the River Caldew, which flows from the Lake District, through Carlisle, joins the River Eden and flows into the Irish Sea. My route is opposite the river’s flow, as I head into the fells (hills) of the Lake District. Despite the promise of “generally” following the river, there were enough deviations today to make the route finding difficult, including a diversion due to a bridge washed out during last winter's floods. Further, the Cumbria Way lacks sufficient waymarkers designating the route. Route-finding can be a fun challenge, but not on days like today, with cold rain and muddy trails..
|Wildflowers along Cumbria Way|
|Garden flowers in Caldbeck|
When making reservations on line, you never know what you will end up with. Last night I stayed in a very nice hotel in Carlisle, with a room only slightly larger than the twin bed in which I slept. Tonight I am staying at a B&B in Caldbeck called The Old Rectory. As I turned into the drive, I was greeted by the following view.
The view improved as I stepped through the front door. The resident Lab greets each guest and loves to have her ears scratched.