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South Lakeland District

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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

  • 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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  • Day9

    Beatrix Potter's Cottage

    June 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    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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  • Day9

    An evening at Grasmere

    June 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Last night after dinner Keith kindly drove us to Grasmere. This is where William Wordsworth lived for a significant portion of his life, and where he is buried. It is light here until 10pm so we were able to have a good look around without the crowds of people which we would have joined if we had visited during the day.
    We visited the area adjacent to the churchyard where there are approx 3000 inscribed pavers. The people who subscribed about £100 for each paver wanted to be part of this scheme which as well as commemorating William Wordsworth also contributes to the upkeep of the church grounds.
    Keith also drove us to see Dove Cottage which is where Wordsworth lived. It is a white washed building adjacent to a cottage with very unusual chimney pots. By turning 90 deg on the same spot you can see the Fells which surround Grasmere. These substantial hills rise to over 1000 feet, and provide a photographic backdrop to Grasmere.
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  • Day8

    At Windermere

    June 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Yesterday was spent travelling from Ascot to Windermere. There were train changes at Reading, Manchester, and Preston . Then at Oxenholme the train was replaced by a bus to Windermere. The train service is very efficient.
    In Windermere we met Beryl and Keith. Beryl and I have a connection through both being descendents of the Higginbottom family. It is four years since Beryl and Keith drove from Canberra to Benalla to meet us, so there was lots to catch up on.
    As soon as we left the rail station at Oxenholme it became apparent that there was an abundance of stone in this area. There are many dry stone fences all impeccably built. But what is more impressive is that the buildings are also built using these stones. Unfortunately I did not take the tablet to dinner last night so photos of these buildings will have to come with the next installment.
    Included here is a church at Sonning built of flint which is prevalent there. Anita said this is the church Theresa May attends. Also a photo from the hotel window at Windermere. Next the boat house at Blue Coat and a tub of flowers near the loch at Sonning.
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  • Day3

    Zweite Etappe Richtung Norden

    July 10, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    Wir sind heute super erholt, glücklich und zufrieden von Thomas und Lynn zum Lake District aufgebrochen. Hier ist es wirklich schön und ein Vorbote auf die Landschaft in Schottland.
    Fun Fact zum Montag: Auf dem Weg hierher hat uns jemand den Spiegel abgefahren, wir waren wahrscheinlich zu weit rechts und der andere zu schnell. Aber in einer super netten kleinen Werkstatt wurde direkt ein neuer Spiegel für uns bestellt und innerhalb von 3 Stunden war er da und angebracht und das gerade mal für 9,6£ 🤑 der passt zwar nur halb in den Spiegel, aber erfüllt dafür seinen Zweck und wir können weiter fahren 👌
    Eine kleine weitere Hiobsbotschaft gibt es für uns: wir können unser Ticket von Dover nicht nach Newcastle umbuchen (das hätte uns viel Fahrerei erspart) und die Tickets wären richtig teuer gewesen. Aber gut, dann fahren wir halt wieder quer durch England zurück, der Weg ist das Ziel.
    Morgen wandern wir hier noch etwas und fahren dann weiter nach Schottland 🚐🌫
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  • 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%!

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