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  • Day10

    Up hill after breakfast

    June 7, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    And after lunch, but finally a long steep down hill to Grasmere, about 16 K.

    It was a stunning day’s walk, we took the long route of course. We came up out of the valley we were in last night following Stonethwaite Beck, then up to Lining Crag, then Greenup Edge, we stayed on a ridge top and walked up and down along to Helm Crag before going down to Grasmere. The views were just amazing, it was a long hard day because of the climbing and tricky descents but the views were unbelievable. Our book describes today’s walk as a Lakeland classic. Photos can’t really show the amazing views.

    Of course there was unlimited toast this morning so we were in fine form.

    Our colleagues from Group 1 were there to meet us in Grasmere, looking very fresh and relaxed. We’ll have dinner with them tonight, they go on tomorrow while we enjoy a rest day.
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  • Day11

    I wandered lonely as a cloud.....

    June 8, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Wordsworth and all that. Wordsworth’s house, Dove Cottage, and his grave are here in Grasmere. It’s a gorgeous little tourist town, a bit “Cockington Green” like. Lots of galleries, craft shops, cafes and outdoor shops. Very relaxing day, late breakfast, washing, shopping and generally taking it easy.

    I’m not sure about the defibrillator in the old phone box; is it for elderly tourists or exhausted walkers?

    The sheep we have been seeing and hearing are Herdwicks, local indigenous sheep (they’ve been here since the 12th century), that apparently play a big role in maintaining the Lakes District environment. Beatrix Potter was a big fan of “Herdies”, she was President of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Society when she wasn’t writing about Peter Rabbit.

    The town is also famous for its ginger bread, great stuff. I bought some but I don’t think it will last until I get home and I’m not sure I’d be allowed to bring it in anyway.

    Group photo courtesy of Angela, taken on our way up, (and up) yesterday.
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  • Day4

    Day 3: Hadrian's Wall; Lake District

    August 11, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Was a full day on the bus. We departed (the Tauck director refers to it as"Wheels turning") 8am. It drizzled most of the day, but it wasn't too bad. Our first stop was to tour the Chesters Roman fort. From there we drove to a portion of Hadrian's. The part of the wall we saw was no more than 4 feet high - a far cry from the max height of 10-20 feet it is speculated to be.

    The highlight of the day was lunch. We had lunch with a couple at their Manor House. Half of our group dined with the wife and the other half of us dined with the husband. He was very interesting and explained pregenture to us. After lunch we toured the grounds and the gardens around the house. Then we returned to the bus and headed for Grassmere, the home of William Wordsworth. A few of us toured Dove Cottage while the remainder walked through the village and visited the shops.

    Then it was onto Langdale Estate hotel to check-in and have dinner.
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