DAY 3 - Buttermere - Tan Hill, 159 or 135 miles (approx)
Nice short day? Yep, you just keep thinking that. Honister Pass , along Derwent Water to Keswick. Then, depending on the state of us after the rigours of day 2, EITHER the Whinlatter Pass, around the western edge of the Lakes to OR the direct route south and west “out and back” via Langdale to Hardknott Pass. Then Wrynose Pass, over the Langdales, Kirkstone Pass , and along the edge of Ullswater before heading for Penrith. That’s 5 mountain passes before lunch and skirting around the highest English peaks at Scafell. No 6 for the day is Hartside Pass , the highest in England (with a caff at the top). From there we head south to Barnard Castle and into the Yorkshire Dales, before turning west along Arkengarthdale to finish at the pub at Tan Hill, where we can camp. This is a mad ride, going around in circles and heading north in places to fit all those passes in, but if we get good weather, this could be a day that will linger long in the memory.