Sponsored dog walk (3) – It was like a horror film

AP had work but rather than miss out, we squeezed in a final walk one afternoon. With a height of 1100ft and just under 7 miles, a loop over Loughrigg Fell was our next goal.

I tried to rest as much as I could during that day. I spread out my meals, so I was properly fuelled, and we took head torches as the nights are drawing in. More importantly the pubs stopped serving at 9pm so going too slow wasn’t an option. I needed to be well. This became a walk with purpose, ha!

We set off promptly at 4:30pm. Both familiar with the first section, we marched on in haste. It was a much gentler climb than last week. I had a minor blip early on, my legs felt heavy and weak. A break and a sugary snack perked me up enough to get going again. The track was undulating towards the top, so this gave me some much-needed rests too.

The road wound its way up onto the hillside.
We soon gained height without being too breathless.

It didn’t feel too long before we could see the trig point of Loughrigg Fell.

The sun was setting and the land around us had a gorgeous glow.
View across to Loughrigg Tarn

We had made good time so when we reached the trig point, we took our time to take in the views around us.

Trig point. Looking towards Lake Windermere.
Not a bad view for a snack stop.
Looking back over Loughrigg Fell.
I’d like to think Kita was enjoying the sunset but really, she had spotted some sheep on the next fell.

Descending was steeper, lots of steps and rocks to negotiate. I was so in awe of the views, I had keep reminding myself to look down and check where my feet were going. AP with his long legs surged ahead with ease, I think he just wanted his tea, ha!

On the descent. Golden light reflecting in Grasmere Lake with dramatic clouds building above.

We just had enough time to stop by Rydal Cave. It was almost dark by the time we got there. We ventured in the entrance then stopped; it was way too creepy to go any further. I felt like I was in a horror film, I could almost hear people shouting at the TV “don’t go in there”, so I quickly turned around (I clearly watch too many horrors). We swiftly got back on track for our last stretch back to Ambleside. We were just in time for tea too.

It’s dark, all you could hear was the echo of water dripping from the top of the cave into the pond below. Would you go in there?

I slept in the van enroute home like a noddy dog, ha! I had my day of bed rest and the next 2 days were hard work, but I recovered.

We’ve only hiked half the height of Helvellyn so I’m not sure how my body will cope. I guess I’m about to find out.

Wish me luck.

Jacqui x

The sponsored Dog Walk up Helvellyn is October 1st 2022:

I’m fundraising for Saving Saints and St Bernard and Big Paws Rescue UK. This charity frees dogs from abuse, neglect and meat trades. They care for, seek fostering and rehome these dogs to which they are in need of funding to continue their amazing work. If you would like to sponsor me, please use this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jac41


  1. The views look absolutely stunning. It sounds like you’ve put a lot of work into planning rest days and finding a way to manage the hikes with your ME, and that’s before doing the actual hikes themselves! Good luck with the sponsored walk, I hope it goes well!


    1. Thank you and yes past experience of walking and biking in the Lake District has definitely helped our planning. We’ve been lucky with the weather too so far. Event is tomorrow, nervous excited now.


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