The eating carries on well into the night to the sound of horses munching away on the long grass and the flowing beck at the bottom of the valley. It is 21st June - the longest day - so as we all turn in after 11pm it is only just getting dark.
After 10 minutes we leave the farm track at a walled bridleway. Once we’re past the fell gate we stop to rest the ponies and get some lunch of cheese and baguettes. White Fell Head and The Calf look impressive and we have to decide whether to go up today or camp at the foot and take it fresh in the morning.