Grasmere to Patterdale

We’ve been together for eight years and for most of that time I have been the photographer of a series of artsy vacation photos that could be cleverly titled, My Husband: From Behind. I am usually walking several paces behind him, which as a feminist bothers him, more than me, but it also means that all of our photographs are of him walking off into the sunset. For reasons unforeseen, perhaps a fleeting hope that by relieving me of the camera I would somehow walk faster, my husband became a more proactive photographer and for the first time in eight years I am featured in some of our vacation photos!

It was not our intent to shoot this day in black and white, but as a more novice photographer, he didn’t realize that the switch was turned. What I like about this photo is the way that it accentuates the rockiness of the terrain.

We were feeling very good today, rejuvenated from our day of rest and sight seeing. Instead of simply walking to Patterdale, we went off course and toured around the town of Glenriding. Before we began this trip I didn’t realize how a bit of euphoria is contagious and how even after a long day o fwalking, your body simply craves to walk more.

We ended our day at the Old Waterview, again one of my favorite types of guest houses, where the room, restaurant, and pub are all contained within the same building. The proprietor was someone quite knowledgeable of long distance hikes, having completed the Coast to Coast trail several times, as well as the Appalachian trail, among others. His daughter was the youngest known person to complete the Coast to Coast and they walk for Mountain Rescue. At Old Waterview for a small donation to Mountain Rescue, you can use the internet and contribute to their cause.  Patterdale is a significant town to Wainwright because it was one of his favorite places to center a walking holiday and the local country store, a meeting place for walkers, was the first to sell his hand drawn books. Old Waterview, under previous owners and a different name, was Wainwright’s old haunt. Fittingly there is a detailed display of register logs and articles that reference Wainright’s stay. Even if you book elsewhere, it’s nice to pop in here for a meal and to try either their home brew or assorted jams and marmalades.

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About 30 Ways of Walking

Gina Liotta's writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in The New York Quarterly, Slate, The Paterson Literary Review, LIPS, and The Healing Muse, among others. She lives, writes and teaches in New York.
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