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  • Day128

    Farewell Scotland - Welcome Back England

    October 12, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    We were given a rainy farewell from Scotland but it held off long enough for us to enjoy our very last stop in Scotland, Gretna Green, a popular wedding destination, due to its romantic wedding traditions dating back over centuries, which originated from cross-border elopements stemming from differences between Scottish marriage laws and those in neighbouring countries. Historically, Gretna Green was the first village across the border.
    Meanwhile, across the border in England, we stopped at Aira Force, a waterfall in the English Lake District. The site of the waterfall is owned by the National Trust. It was a short easy walk, although quite muddy, but glad we decided to do it on the way to Windermere. The rain had stopped and tomorrow's forecast was not good. Beautiful falls!
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  • Day129

    Windermere and the Lake District

    October 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    This is a return to a favourite place for Al and me . We were in Windermere in 2014 and it is a good feeling when not too much has changed - particularly when it doesn't need changing. Visited some familiar places (Ambleside, Grasmere (the poet William Wordsworth lived here for 14 years and described it as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found."), and Bowness) and some new ones, Keswick and Matterdale (Aira Force Falls) and some of the narrowest most winding roads ever made (our GPS insists on taking us on these). Raining but still beautiful.Read more

  • Day1

    Weekend at an English Manor House

    March 25 in the United Kingdom

    Mike and I left Victoria, once again, on Wednesday morning. Our first stop on this trip is England where we will spend a total of 7nights. Mike’s brother Alun turned 70 on March 22 and we are here to celebrate with the extended Parrys.
    Our trip over to Europe was pleasantly uneventful as we enjoyed premium economy, bulk head seats, the airport lounges and a glass or two of vino to make things easier. We rented a car in Manchester - an SUV with a funny name (it has 2 Qs in the name?) Poor Mike has to take the burden of all the driving in the UK and coming off a plane tired and having to immediately navigate round-abouts ( traffic circles) going the wrong way... well you can understand why one needs a refreshment upon arrival. Actually, we rested and then took Al “out to pub” for his birthday dinner.
    Friday A.M. we packed up some food and ++ cases of champagne and set off north to the Lake District. For those unfamiliar with English geography, the Lake District is in the county of Cumbria on England’s west coast. It is the hilly region of the country with the highest peak, Scarfell. There are many beautiful lakes in the area. It is probably the most popular holiday area of the country for Brits who cottage there and enjoy the walking while all the overseas tourists are crowding places like London, Oxford and the likes.
    Mike and I spent Friday exploring some small picturesque towns like Windemere where we spent time with Ron and Diane a few years ago. Mike pointed out some of the spots he and Ron hiked last year on their coast to coast hike. I have a new appreciation for how challenging their 2 week walking adventure must have been.

    We arrived at our weekend home away from home , a beautifully restored Manor house called Melmerby Hall located in the small village of Melmerby. Not quite Downton Abbey scale but certainly very large and beautifully appointed. There are many common rooms, some formal and some less formal. There are 9 bedrooms with ensuites. There is a massive industrial type kitchen and a kitchen table that can seat 20. There is a formal dining room which we used last night. We all agree it would be a spectacular property in which to live if it had a Mr Carson and a couple of Mrs Hughes.
    The entire weekend gang arrived at about 530 Friday night and there was lots of hugging, oohing and awing over the children we hadn’t met yet-and lots of group pictures. Besides ourselves and Al and Natalie, there are Al’s 3 sons, 2 partners, 4 children ,Al’s brother-in-law Eric and his wife from Plymouth whom we stayed with last year , and two couples who are close friends of Al’s. On Friday we had our meet and greet at the local pub which is only a few hundred metres up the road.

    Yesterday Helen arrived by train from London. We also managed a very long walk to a nearby village and then back over the fields. The British system of rights of way is so interesting as there are marked walking trails in virtually every direction. The fields are full of sheep and their babies as they have just birthed. A few of them might have ended up at dinner last but.... they are rather sweet to see. There were lots of horses to pet along the way so the children were happy. Mike and I decided not to travel with heavy hiking shoes/ boots for this part of the trip so we were a bit mucky by the end of the walk.

    Last night (Saturday) was the big birthday event and we all got dressed up to celebrate. The men looked particularly handsome in their tuxedos. Mike borrowed one and we hitched up the pant hems and squeezed him into a borrowed shirt. The party was a great success with a wonderful dinner that Al had catered. There was free flowing champagne and a few toasts. After dinner we moved back the rugs and danced. We were missing you Jon on DJ duty. I think that Al was very pleased with how things went and having the family and his closest friends around.
    Today we were all moving a bit more slowly. The children including a 7month old, a 2 year old like our Malcolm named after Mike’s Dad Frank , a very chatty 3 year old girl named Lowrie and Chris’s daughter Lilly were all up at their usual time. I think one of the parents Susanna was on kid duty so the rest could lie in.
    We enjoyed another very scenic walk today up and down the local farmer’s fields. The weather is holding but promises to get cooler for the rest of the week.
    Helen took the train back to London this afternoon. She puts her head down for a few days of work and then we RV again on Thursday night for the second leg of our trip in Portugal. Until Thursday, Mike and I are planning to spend a few more days exploring the Lake District and the Yorkshire dales. We are actually looking forward to a couple of quiet days as things have been a fast-paced blur for the past few months.

    That’s all the news from the Manor house. Ta ta for now!
    Heather/ Mom
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  • Day33

    Cumbria England day 32 Fri 25 May 2019

    May 24 in the United Kingdom

    Nice breakfast then drove to Howtown roughly in the middle of the Ullswater Lake. Ended up parking beyond the village and walked back to the pier. Unfortunately the ferry that was there was going to Pooley Bridge the opposite was to the way I wanted to go. So we walked the remote ten and a half kilometre path which followed the lake shore to Glenridding at the southern end of the Ullswater Lake. Apart from the occasional walker people were involved in water activities, children swimming to a boat in dry suits with helmets, teenagers and adults with canoes and paddle board pair. Took plenty of pictures of the scenery and had a beer before continuing on for another four and a half kilometres basically alongside both a road and the lakeshore to reach a National Trust carpark and visitors centre called Aira Force. We followed paths beside a creek through an arboretum with labels trees to view waterfalls and some small slot canyon like sections of the river. During this time light rain set in and we used our spray jackets to stay dry for the first time in four weeks. Waited for a ferry to take us back to Howtown and the car under an oak in steady rain. Dinner in a fifteenth century hotel “Dockray Hall”.Read more

  • Day15

    A walk in the woods

    October 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Day out walking and caching

    Ankle deep mud, lots of fun stiles, sheep, sheep and cows ... thoroughly enjoyed it

  • Day103

    Up North - Lake District Nationalpark

    November 21, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Und wenn du denkst: "Mehr regnen kann es nicht", dann geh immer nach Norden und du wirst die Straße vor Bächen nicht mehr sehen können...

    Der Lake District Nationalpark ist wunderschön und es gibt schon in naher Umgebung unfassbare Landschaften zu sehen. Empfehlungsrate für Naturliebhaber 100%!

  • Day118

    Country roads

    October 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Small drive today- rainy but still manageable- however our trusty GPS insisted on taking up on some 'challengingly' narrow and winding roads- thanks again Al for all the driving skill!

  • Day30

    Worden Hall and Windermere Lake, England

    September 18, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Left Liverpool to head to the Lakes District today. On the way we stopped at Worden Hall, Leyland where the Farington family owned an estate for 25 generations until 1974. The Farington ancestry has been traced from my mother's side of the family. The estate is now an enormous parkland for the town and the buildings and Manor are partly in use by local artists and as a coffee shop.
    We drove onto Bowness-on-Windermere which is on Windermere Lake, the largest natural lake in England. We had a sumptuous lunch overlooking the lake then cruised a loop from Bowness to the northern most point, Ambleside. Cruising or walking around the lake is ideal because if driving the car there are no pull over areas and the bushes are right up to the edge of the road so there is very little chance to see anything.
    After a detour to the Gingerbread shop in Grasmere we had an interesting side trip through the narrow back farm lanes to get to our accommodation tonight in Kendal.
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Cumbria, كمبريا, Къмбрия, Cúmbria, Κάμπρια, Kumbrio, کامبریا, Cumbrie, Kumbria, Kambrija, קאמבריה, कम्ब्रिया, カンブリア, 컴브리아 주, कंब्रिया, کمبریا, Камбрия, Камбрија, คัมเบรีย, Камбрія, קאמבריע, 金巴倫郡, 坎布里亞郡

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