Keswick presents problems for an indecisive walker. The townâ€™s reputation as the hub of outdoors activity in the Lake District is well deserved. The giant peaks Skiddaw and Blencathra rise up to the north, provide a challenging day for anyone keen to scale the heights.
A fried egg sandwich with a cup of tea is a welcome snack at any time
As an unscheduled breakfast before venturing into a thunder storm for two days, it assumes previously unknown qualities â€“ comforting, motivational and warming â€“ not to mention a boost of caffeine and grease, those two staples of the UK diet.
Our expedition to walk across theÂ Howgill FellsÂ had suffered from an inauspicious start.
The Devilâ€™s Dyke, on a sunny Saturday morning in May, is probably not the best introduction to the South Downs. People sit impatiently in their cars on the approach road, waiting for a free spot in the vast concrete car park.