Now for the descent into Buttermere.
Talking about the descent into Buttermere, , , well, it's actually the ascent out of Buttermere I want to mention. As I was walking up the pass earlier, I had a good crack with the only other person I'd seen since setting off. This 'mature gent' was telling me it had only taken him 33 minutes to walk up from Buttermere this morning. And then, amongst other things, we mentioned the weather or more to the point he mentioned not being able to get a forecast in Buttermere youth hostel. Despite the lack of a TV, he seemed unimpressed by the fact that some of the youngsters could get the forecast on their mobile phones. "I'm not too keen on modern technology" he said, "I don't have a machine for people to send me a fax. I'm just happy with things the way they are. Anyway, I don't need a gadget to help me enjoy that view." As we went our separate ways, I couldn't help feeling a little envious in a strange sort of way. Here was a guy who thought sending a fax was the height of modern technology yet he seemed more than happy and content with the simpler things in life.
"Get to the point"
OK. The point I'm trying to make is this; it took me almost two hours to walk from Braithwaite to the top of the pass yet it only takes about half an hour to walk up the Buttermere side.