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Allerdale District

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  • Day24

    First walking day in the rain

    September 22, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    First, last night’s dinner at the pub was good. I had a steak and managed to avoid too much stooge! They offered Carole chips or jacket potato with her lasagne!! Like they do in Ireland, everything comes with potatoes in some form. (She said neither please, just salad!).

    And this morning we had a good breakfast, continental and full English choices, and a good start before walking. Despite going to bed with still a perfect day, by this morning it was raining as predicted and we set off in our rain gear at about 9.30. It wasn’t heavy all the time, and sometimes almost stopped, but enough to get pretty soggy, and the ground, even though it hadn’t rained for a week, immediately got very muddy and puddly. With the consistent rain I found that my poncho wasn’t as impermeable as I thought. We’ve always been so lucky with weather on our Caminos that it may not have been put to the test and my t-shirt got quite wet which was uncomfortable and cold. It is much colder today, and hard to remember that yesterday we only wore a light shirt, and many people just had shorts and short sleeves. Any way it was all part of the fun, and it was a short flat walk today, along the firth and half way towards Carlisle. We did about 15 kms, and walked to Burgh by Sands (pronounced bruff). It is a tiny town, but famous for a statue of Edward I where they fought Robert the Bruce...Edward died here, but now buried at Westminster Abbey. Also there is a very old church, St Michael’s, built partly with stones from Hadrian’s Wall, dating back to 13th century, with some later additions (or maybe the later additions were 12th C!!). And it had been a garrison during the wars. So much history!

    But as the inn at Burgh by Sands is closed at the moment, we were taxied back to Carlisle for the night (all part of the service) and tomorrow we get taken back to Burgh by Sands to walk back to Carlisle! So it means that we are 2 nights and this very pleasant B and B, and don’t have to pack up tomorrow morning, and have 2 days to get washing dry! So we are getting to know Carlisle well, and are going out to Indian tonight. Paul our taxi driver recommended one that is the “best in Carlisle” so we’ll put it to the test. Indian food in the UK is very good, better than I’ve found in Australia. But the other Asian cuisines - Thai, Malay etc are not anything like as good as in Oz.

    Tomorrow’s walk is even shorter than today - about 12 kms I think, and still flat. The hilly more demanding part comes in the middle, so this is a lovely gentle start!
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  • Day23

    Now at the Walk's StartingPoint

    September 21, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We spent a few hours this morning in Carlisle looking around. A beautiful cathedral - 12th century- and a castle. And another cloudless day! At midday we assembled at the hotel and took a taxi to here - Bowness on Solway. Solway is the firth of Solway, the other side is Scotland. At low tide, which it is this afternoon, there is just a small amount of visible water, but fills up when the tide comes in. Such a delightful very small town, and we are staying at an extremely charming B and B, which was the old rectory of the nearby church and just round the corner from the only pub, the King’s Arms where we are having dinner.

    We couldn’t check into our rooms till 4 o’clock so we walked round the town, checking the starting point of the walk and enjoying the ambience and scenery. Quite a lot of walkers round, many who went the other direction from us, walked east to west, and have just finished! They say it was lovely, and of course they have had superb weather. I have already unpacked my poncho to have ready in my backpack! But meanwhile all is just wonderful.
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  • Day11

    Einmal bis zum Meer

    August 23, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Heute ging es in die „Großstadt“.
    Wir fuhren nach Carlisle und schauten uns das Castle an. Erbaut im 11. Jahrhundert begann man das Castel zu bauen. Es wurde stetig erweitert.
    Es ist nett anzusehen, da wir die Mitgliedschaft des english Heritage haben, war es auch lohnend.
    Weiter bummelten wir in die Stadt und besuchten die Cathedrale. Der Eintritt ist frei.
    Sie ist wunderschön. Beeindruckend ist der Sternenhimmel.
    Unser Weg führte uns an die Küste. Wir folgten dem Hadrianswall und sahen unterwegs noch eine alte Kirche. In Abbey Town 😂.

    Mit einem schönen Abendspaziergang beendeten wir den Tag am Meer.
    Jetzt pusten wir erst einmal durch. Für die nächsten Tage soll es erst mal weniger bzw, keine Geschichte geben.
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  • Day14

    Ich glaub wir flüchten morgen

    August 26, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Wir haben wunderbar am Strand übernachtet. Relativ spät wurden wir wach.
    Was soll’s wir haben ja Urlaub 😃,
    Unsere Vorfreude war groß. Heute soll es in den Lake District gehen. Eine kleine Wanderung hatten wir uns herausgesucht. Gestern erzählte uns ein Schotte : Lake District.... oh .., it‘s very busy 😢. Na ja.
    Auf den schmalen Straßen kamen uns Autos, Wohnmobile, Wohnwagen..., entgegen. Unsere Brensen funktionierten immer gut.
    Wenn uns soooo viel entgegen kommt, dann fahren alle nach Hause.... dachten wir.
    Unser erstes Wanderziel viel aus. „Wegen Überfüllung geschlossen .“
    Auch die weitere Fahrt brachte Ernüchterung. England hat Ferien. Wir fanden entnervt einen Platz in Keswick.
    Guckten uns den See an, gönnten uns Steak-Pie und Cumberland Sausage.
    Kauften neue Wanderhosen. Ehe wir uns versahen war es schon 17:30 Uhr.
    Einen Übernachtungsplatz wählten wir an den
    Castelrigg Stone Zirkel. Hier stehen Steine seit
    4.500 Jahren im Kreis.
    Nun zur Überschrift: Wir haben uns entschlossen den Lake District irgendwann noch einmal im Frühjahr zu besuchen. Dann vorher einen Campingplatz rausgesucht. Jetzt macht es keinen Sinn.
    Wir werden morgen noch nach Windermere fahren und dann die Yorkshire Dales in Angriff nehmen .
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  • Day5

    Fahrerische Höchstleistungen...

    May 15, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    ... von uns und Höchstleistung von unserem Opelchen waren zum Bestehen dieser Road Mission erforderlich! 30% Steigungen bei der Überquerung des Hardknot Passes und Wrynose Passes haben uns Kupplung und einige Schweißperlen gekostet 🤨

  • Day31

    The Lakes District, England

    September 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Couldn't have asked for a better day, mild temperatures and sunny blue sky and wonderful scenery and getting to share it with a great friend. I think the photos tell most of the story. We went to Keswick, Derwentwater where we walked along a path that goes the whole way around the lake, 10 miles in total. If you get tired of walking just catch a ferry back. We only walked a little way because of the paid parking. Everywhere you have to pay for parking, occasionally you might find a spot to park for an hour but you can only use this once a day. It can become quite expensive when you are visiting various locations in one day.
    Then it was onto Ullswater where we took a narrow road around tight corners and up hills to get to Martindale, supposedly to see red deer and the red squirrels. Not one red deer or squirrel, just as well the views were spectacular. Next stop Glenridding for some lunch before heading back through the Kirkstone Pass to Windermere Lake. At one section of the narrow road we had to wait at some lights because of road repairs, we were glad we did because a large bus was making its way up the hill and had a lot of trouble passing.
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  • Day121

    Day 121: Catbells climb

    June 16, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Full day in the Lake District, time to get in some serious hiking! There's lots of great peaks around this area, and we were keen to explore. After a (very large) English breakfast we headed out and started on possibly the best of them all - Catbells Peak.

    It's not super tall, only 451m above a couple of nearby lakes, but it's still a good couple of hours climbing. Quite a few people out on the walking track, including a group of schoolkids with their teachers. Lots of cooing over Schnitzel ensued, though we soon left them behind. Kept climbing up and up, sometimes over slight scrambling sections, other times on well-formed tracks, before eventually reaching the peak.

    Great views over the area, though it was quite overcast so photos don't really do it justice. This peak looks over Derwent Waters near Keswick, and looks onto several other taller peaks nearby. I find it quite deceptive though, as the sides of the fells are covered with greenery. In Australia, the greenery would be large gum trees, but here it's just small heather and bracken bushes, so my sense of scale gets completely warped and things are much less tall than I perceive. Strange.

    Called mum from the top as well since I had good reception and Shandos was spending a bit of time taking photos. Back down via a different route so we had different views, but it was still much the same landscape. Shandos opted for a side-route down to the lake shore, but it was 10 minutes each way up and down a steep slope so I sat at the top with Schnitzel - no thanks! Already done enough climbing for today!

    On our way back to the car we came across a large coach wedged on a hairpin bend! He was completely stuck - the front was almost on the far wall, the rear adjacent to the closer wall, the centre scraping on the apex of the corner, and (due to the change in road height), the undercarriage at the front was wedged into the tarmac. Not sure how he was going to get out without a helicopter! I pulled out my phone to take a photo but the driver started yelling so I decided not to. Very stupid to come down these tiny roads in a huge 55 seater coach though - no idea what he was thinking!

    Although the coach was blocking the way we'd come in, thankfully we could exit the area the other direction, which we did. Found a small cafe a few towns over where we had a light lunch, then we basically just drove aimlessly around the northern Lake District looking for vantage points to walk and take photos.

    We stopped at one waterfall area with the intention of doing another short hike, but the parking was a flat rate of five pounds per day so we gave it the proverbial and left. Drove up and down several different lakes, and though we found some very pretty spots we never quite found anywhere to hike after this. So back to the apartment we went around 4pm!

    Stayed in for a few hours relaxing and working on various things, before heading back out to the same pub as last night for dinner. Even busier and louder tonight since it was Friday night and lots of people seemed to be away for the weekend. But the food was still quite good. Back to the room, where we ended our last night in England!
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  • Day32

    Cumbria England day 32 Thu 24 May 2018

    May 24, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Breakfast at Idan Guesthouse in Llanberis Wales then purchased a thermal top each at a outdoor shop. Drove to Cumbria and the Lake District with a stop for coffee at a service centre near Lancaster. Petrol was 1.45 pounds per litre (say AUD $2.90 per litre), the highest price I have seen so far. Later spotted and filled up at 1.27 pounds per litre plus a touring atlas so we have some idea of where the GPS is taking us. Continued on to Derwentwater Cumbria. Had to stop sharply in a small lane to avoid flattening a male pheasant which ran right in front of the car. Parked and walked up the lane before the start of the Cats Bells walk then continued up Cats Bells hill (445 metres above sea level) stopping to eat the cheese and bread Yvonne purchased earlier. Lovely views of Derwentwater (just like on the Derwent Coloured pencil tins), and surrounding countryside. After the walk we drove to Penrith Cumbria and ended up in the Morrison’s supermarket car park when I missed the correct roundabout exit. The Red Townhouse has a narrow driveway but a nice bedroom and a huge bathroom for our exclusive use with bath robes provided. Dinner in the Royal Hotel pub down the street in Penrith. We built a hamburger from the salad and sauces provided separately. Not something the barmaid had seen done before.Read more

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