After a quiet night, as there was no one else in the dormitory, I left Hawes at 8.45. It took over 2 hours 30 minutes to climb up to the summit of Great Shunner Fell. For over 2 hours the views were magnificent, if you like the inside of a cloud. The weather had taken a turn for the worse, but luckily it improved after the summit.
Great Shunner Fell used to be notorious for its peat-bogs, but these now have large slab walkways. When these were introduced they caused some controversy with traditionalists. Personally I think they are wonderful as I have never found any pleasure in tracking through peat-bogs, a much overrated pastime.
From Great Shunner Fell the path descends to Thwaite, where I stopped for a pot of tea. Leaving Thwaite, I climbed up to Kisdon with fine views of Swaledale.
Traversing towards Keld I was swarmed by horse-flies which was very unpleasant. Do they serve any useful purpose?
Coming down to Keld it was time for more tea before arriving at East View, my B&B. Doris, who came from the Philippines, gave me more tea and cake and could not have been more welcoming. I dried off and visited Keld Lodge for a beer before a delicious dinner back at East View, which is highly recommended.