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South Lakeland District

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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

  • 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%!

  • Day10

    Up hill after breakfast

    June 7 in the United Kingdom

    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 in the United Kingdom

    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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  • Day9

    Beatrix Potter's Cottage

    June 28 in the United Kingdom

    Thank you Jenny for suggesting that it was worthwhile visiting Beatrix Potter's cottage. Beryl and Keith kindly drove us there this morning. It was another sunny day but a couple of degrees cooler which was good. We got there early and got ahead of the coach loads of tourists which arrived later in the morning. There can be up to 800 people visiting each day.
    The house was furnished with furniture of the era and had been left to the National Trust together with several farms and houses which the author had acquired during her lifetime. Drawing and painting had apparently run in the family as there were a series of plates which her father had painted. There were also some large paintings hanging on the wall which had been done by her brother.
    The garden was full of swathes of bright flowers whilst the vegetable garden had huge beds of rhubarb and strawberries. There were also gooseberries, beans, radishes etc.
    One interesting thing we saw during the morning was the dry stone wall opposite Hill Top cottage, which is what the house was called, beng repaired. I asked the guy for permission to photograph the process which was quite different.
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