Our stay at Brownber Hall was all too short, it’s a peaceful relaxing spot but we were booked in at Arnside YHA hostel for the next three nights so had more miles ahead of us. We thought all the hard riding was behind us since Arnside is on the coast, overlooking that the Lake District is very hilly. The ascent to rejoin the Sustrans route was gradual and the narrow moorland road was popular with cyclists though there were a couple of numpty motorists who passed us far too closely without warning. Otherwise it was a great run, coming off the moor into the village of Orton where a Saturday farmers market was under way, looked be be a very lively community. There was a bread stall too so we were able to buy all we needed for lunch.
It was noon by the time we left, having covered only a short distance in the morning. We met a Dutch couple who were cycle camping, they were riding in the opposite direction on the Pennine trail from Derby to Berwick and finding the hills challenging. We would soon find out why, but the next section along the Lune Valley on a minor road across the river from the motorway and railway was initially easy but then narrowed with severe bends, steep ascents and sharp drops. We skirted Kendal and then left the route to follow NCN6 and a busy B road into Arnside. It began to rain so we were relieved to reach the hostel.