Our return journey followed a route across the short ridge which I think I'm correct in calling Hasty Bank.
Notice the path across the ridge. This is actually made up of stone floor slabs which have been removed from old mills; and what a great Idea. Some of the slabs still have the marks in them where the machinery stood. The slabs blend in perfectly with the terrain and it does actually feel easier to walk on the path as opposed to many of the "new" footpaths in the Lake District where you're inclined to walk alongside the path rather than on it.
I realise that slabs like this wouldn't be much use on steep inclines, but I'm sure there are many places in the Lakes where this method of footpath repair would offer a much less conspicuous, much longer term and an altogether more affective solution to the problem of erosion than the one currently being adopted. A couple of places that spring to mind are; the bit between High Street & Thornthwaite Crag and the route running from Lingy Hut towards High Pike.