It’s nearing summer again and we’re starting to think of where we intend to go for our summer backpack. Scotland is out of the question as it costs too much to get up there for only a week (over a hundred quid on the train one way). Time restrictions mean that we can’t do the coast to coast and we don’t feel like sticking to one area (i.e. the Lakes or Snowdonia). So we’ve ended up with an outline of a route that looks really varied and should be loads of fun. The idea is to get up to the Dales by train, before heading north over possibly Whernside, Ingleborough and through Dentdale. A crossing the Howgills shall then entail, before making a long winded crossing of Lakeland to take in a path along the western side of Thirlmere that we walked last year on Duke of Edinburgh Gold and really want to do again.