Bugs’ Blog Leg 13: Calebreck to Skelton

This was the leg I had been dreading, as Natalie’s reputation as the ‘Crazy High Pike woman’ was now well established. I felt tearful waving goodbye to Rachael. I didn’t know what was in store for me. The next morning I was rudely awakened (very early) and yanked from my cosy overnight bivvy by Natalie and immediately we were off up High Pike again! I hoped I would not be with her for too many days because I wasn’t sure how many more High Pikes I could endure. In the end it was only 3 days and 3 High Pikes which was tolerable. 

Fortunately, the 3 days with Natalie were tempered by the fact that I was able to go and spend a day with Rose (my lovely owner) at Caldbeck Surgery. Natalie and Rose work together at Caldbeck Surgery as GPs. It was a great chance to see the NHS in action during the pandemic. I had to wear my own mask made especially for me by Rose. All the rooms in the surgery are named after Northern Fells. Rose’s room is ‘Skiddaw’ and Natalie’s room is (wait for it)….High Pike!

Before departing Calebreck, I was taken to see the marvelous Carrock Fell Arch which was built by local man Stuart Holmes during lockdown. It has become Natalie’s favourite spot for a sunrise. There was no sunrise the day I visited but I was massively impressed by it’s engineering feat and enormity of scale. Liz Wilson also from Northern Fells was with me that morning and she kept me feeling safe from the hands of the crazy lady. 

The journey to Skelton (where Jenny Russell lives) was by bike with Jonty (aged 9) carrying me safely the whole way. A most beautiful sunny spring day, with lambs, daffodils, and plenty of rest stops to enjoy the views looking back at Carrock fell and the Northern Fells. 

Total Miles on this leg:

14 miles running

7.5 miles biking= 21.5 miles

Natalie Hawkrigg

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