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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Lake District September 9th 2019

With 4 days to spare between my tickets at Old Trafford and My tickets and the Oval I had no real plans until quite recently. There was the possibility of another game of cricket in the UK with Rich, but at the wedding I was talking to one of Richie’s cricketing mates, Brett, who still plays and he said, “Why would you want to do that again? You’ve already played cricket in England.” So, I decided to go to the Lake District up north. I came without any real preconceptions and what I found was a little like the Cotswolds in that there are some very pretty little towns. But that wouldn’t have kept me entertained for the three nights I had booked. There was also a lot to see in the great outdoors. I arranged ... read more
Coniston Cricket Club
My trusty steed
Pretty river scene

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Lake District July 1st 2018

The day began with the drive through Keswick to the turn-off onto the road that would take us up and over the 454m (1 489 feet) Kirkstone Pass, a mountain pass in the Lake District. In places it has a gradient of 1:4. We stopped numerous times to take in the scenery and to even walk into a few fields to take photos and enjoy the freshness of the mountains. We also stopped near the summit at the 3rdhighest public house in England, Kirkstone Pass Inn. The road, as has been the case throughout the Lake District, was windy, narrow in many places, enclosed by stone fences and having steep, cliff like drop-offs, numerous blind corners that required 100% focus when driving particularly when vehicles approached from the opposite direction. Before hitting the M6 we came ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Lake District May 4th 2014

Amy's Mum and Dad have enjoyed trips to the English Lake District for many years, so it was no surprise that Amy would get initiated into the tradition sooner rather than later! We based ourselves in the lovely town of Ambleside, our favourite Lakes town. We stayed at the Rothay Manor hotel, which is well set up for families, with cots and highchairs available in bedrooms. They even have a baby monitoring system set up for every room so we were able to have dinner in the restaurant downstairs whilst Amy slept in the room - perfect as we had recently lost our baby monitor somewhere between Gatwick airport and Cyprus! In Ambleside we discovered a fantastic restaurant called 'Lucy's on a Plate', which does amazing food and provides a nice change from the usual fish ... read more
Hiking the Fairfield Horseshoe
At Windermere
All set for a hike

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Lake District November 1st 2012

With a gap in the weather, it was only right to head back north for a few days' walking. Thursday dawned wet and windy ... possibly not good for walking. However, after a late start and an early lunch (sat in the car with the wind lashing the rain against the soft-top), the sun suddenly came out and the snow-capped mountains became visible - and inviting. With British Summer Time over, there was an hour less in which to complete a walk in daylight and so there was only enough time to cover just the two Wainwrights. Few people were out on such a lovely day - I had the snow cover all to myself. Despite the wind, which blew the hail and snow with such force that it stung, the views from the summits were ... read more
Whiteless Saddle - difficult to walk across in the strong wind!
Grasmoor - from Wandhope
Crag Hill - from Wandope

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Lake District September 1st 2012

At the beginning of September seems like an odd time to go to the North of England, what with the weather being so famously dire in the Autumn, but peace and quiet was the name of the game. Grasmere is a tiny village in the Lake District, nestled on the bank of one of the smaller lakes (Grasmere, in fact). There are two main draws to the village for myself and my betrothed, the first of which is a shared love of English Romantic poets. Wordsworth himself lived in Grasmere for more than ten years, after becoming homesick for England while in Germany. He described the village as "the loveliest place that man hath ever found." You can visit Dove Cottage, which is the lovely cottate he lived in. There's lots of info on including ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Lake District August 29th 2012

I was in two minds whether to venture into the mountains this morning. The mountain forecast indicated low cloud, persistent rain, chance of thunder, cold and free cream cakes on the summits. Over breakfast, I was pleased to see that the rains had come overnight and the morning was warm. I was also pleased to see the mountain tops from my table. I was disappointed to realise that there would be no free cream cakes on the summits as I'd made it up. Even so, I was still dubious about embarking on a walking trip with such a forecast and so, I drove to Martindale and opted to climb Hallin Fell first - only an ascent of 525' and almost a mile. From the summit I'd be able to check the proposed route for the day ... read more
The route up Beda Fell with Hallin Fell in the background
2.31: Beda Fell (Steel Knotts in the background)
View over Patterdale

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Lake District August 28th 2012

Yesterday wasn't good. The forecast turned out to be very accurate and the rains just continued. The day was literally a washout and spent on Keswick high street - ironically taking in the outdoor clothing shops in an effort to buy further wet weather gear! Having bought all that was necessary, it was off to the little coffee shop in Grange for a well-deserved strawberry cream tea! Today was a little better ... and a day spent on the High Street, i.e., the highest Roman Road in England. It was also where six Wainwright's would be climbed. Parking in Martindale, the first little issue was not getting lost on the climb up towards Steel Knotts. The little wooden Footpath sign clearly pointed along the stone wall and many others had clearly passed ahead, but sadly, the ... read more
The Old Church nestling below Steel Knotts
2.31: Beda Fell from Martindale
The RAF practicing over Beda Fell

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Lake District August 26th 2012

Today was supposed to be the best weather of the holiday weekend. Looking back, I guess the forecast wasn't wrong as the only thing we didn't have was snow. A breakfast grapefruit, oranges, yoghurt, muesli, bacon, beans and toast was taken in beautiful sunlight. Shortly after getting in the car and driving to Loweswater, the clouds rolled in and the sun moved elsewhere. On parking, the rain was like stair rods and, with no wind, was there to stay. The thirty minute wait in the car whilst the rain abated was made more pleasurable by the Cuban music coming from the CD. Finally, with a break in the weather, I rushed out to the boot and put on full waterproofs and my walking boots. In the driving rain, I left Fangs Brow Farm and set off ... read more
7.30: Burnbank Fell - towards Blake Fell
Not the official summit cairn!
Oh good, can't see a thing!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Lake District August 25th 2012

The weatherman said today, there’s a slight chance of rain, I had to laugh to myself ... It was raining when I got up, it was raining when I wandered into town for breakfast, it was raining when I was buying my lunch, it was raining all day! The day dawned ... ... rain fell ... ... waterproofs were donned and two more Wainwrights were earmarked for climbing. Due to the inclement weather, two of the lowest were to be attempted - not difficult but, with the cloud base being so low, two offering the best opportunity. And so, in the driving rain, I drove to Thackthwaite and parked up by the side of the road and made my way past a notice imploring the red squirrels to drive carefully, through a farm yard and onto ... read more
Low Fell beckons
7.33: Low Fell (with Crummock below)
7.32: Fellbarrow

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Lake District August 11th 2012

I left Dorset on Saturday, August 4th, taking the train from Wareham up to Waterloo Station in London. From Waterloo I transferred to Euston Station by tube and then took a Virgin train up to Penrith in Cumbria. I'd found the Virgin train online. It was actually cheaper going 1st class on Virgin than 2ndclass on National Rail, AND I had free WIFI and snacks! From Penrith I took a bus to Keswick and then a taxi on to Hassness House on Lake Buttermere. It was a long day. I'd heard of the British group "Ramblers", which I thought was the equivalent of the American Sierra Club group. Although founded about 60 years ago, Ramblers has since split in two, and I discovered (after the fact) that I'd actually booked, not with a Ramblers walking group ... read more
2-Hassness House
3-view Lake Buttermere
4-below House

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