Trade 15 | Rum Doodle

"The Rum Doodle massif is in the shape of a reversed letter M. The summit comprises two peaks: Rum Doodle itself and North Doodle. North Doodle lies to the West of the true summit. The various estimates of the height of the true summit vary considerably, but by taking an average of these figures it is possible to say confidently that the summit of Rum Doodle is 40,000 1/2 feet above sea level."

The namesake novel and inspiration to my host - Rum Doodle B&B - for the final two nights in the Lake District was so dense and unrelenting in its climbing satire I couldn't help but read on. Fold marks within the dogeared copy in my room could be seen on the corners of pages where quotes had been extracted to inform the various framed illustrations on the walls.

At the opposite end of the spectrum to the incompetent protagonists of the novel, the owners Emma and Gregor clearly gave a great deal of care and attention to the design and running of the B&B such that even the smallest detail was interesting to photograph, with each room given its own unique decor and character. Just like Elterwater hostel, Rum Doodle is purpose designed for a stay at the Lakes and you'd be hard pushed not to purchase an extra copy of the book should you pick it up during your stay, no matter how briefly, to see what the fuss is about.


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