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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Cockermouth September 14th 2023

Days 18 - 22 Monday was another day of touring in Cornwall, Andy taking us to Land's End, the most Westerly point in UK. A very dramatic landscape out over the ocean, dolphins in the bay below and plenty of sightseers today. Something I will mention at this point, is the amount of dogs in the UK. Owners are allowed to take their dogs into pretty much any shop, cafes, restaurants, Taverns....basically anywhere. And they do, you can end up sitting next to a table of 3 humans and 2 dogs in any eating establishment. As most of you will know, Ange & I love dogs, but I don't necessarily agree with taking the pooches into eating venues. We left Pat & Andy on Tuesday and headed for Yorkshire Dales & Lake District in Cumbria. After ... read more
Land's End
Land's End
Time for a Dip

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria August 20th 2022

Hadrian's Wall Path - 128 km in 6 days During the Covid many things have changed and we, since then, have started walking. We are in the 50's and we have discovered that trekking is a nice way to enjoy nature, visiting places and meeting people. Of course, It is often combined with a glass or glasses of beer and wine, as a reward for our daily efforts. That's how we decided to walk along the Wall from East to West during 6 days. The Emperor Hadrian's Wall was started in AD122 after failed attempts to conquer Scotland. It runs from coast to coast between the River Tyne at Newcastle in the east and the Solway Firth, west of Carlisle. We set off from Segedunum Roman Fort and we followed the path along - Heddon on ... read more
Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall Path
 Roman Fort Arbeia

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Kirkby Stephen August 16th 2022

Longest day so far and an anxious Ellis from the night before. Up early again for an 8am breakfast (it’s nice being able to have a guilt free full English - apparently we actually need the calories!!). Ellis still feeling nervous about having to cover the furthest distance so far - over 20 miles in a single day. Noisy start with the first bridge over the train line and then the second bridge over the M6. But soon managed to put those behind us within a few miles. By mile 6 however we could still see the M6, and I wasn’t sure that we should have been able to. Yep - we’d taken a slight detour (or, in layman’s terms - got lost). iPhone and Google maps to the rescue we set a corrective course and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Shap August 15th 2022

That’s the Lake District National Park done and dusted. Over 17 miles today saw us complete the trek through the Lake District - and hopefully the monster climbs are now all done. Baptism of fire this morning after a nice breakfast. Crossed a very lovely unassuming bridge and through a non-descript gate and into the realm of climb hell. Over 3 hours going up to a peak of 780m - but climbing more than 1,000m with the slight down relief - and covering only 5 miles. Legs burning and feet sore we eventually made it to the top. The highlight was definitely turning a corner on the way up to see Angel Tarn - absolutely beautiful and stunning. The guide said there was a steep descent to the reservoir, it didn’t say you needed to bring ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Patterdale August 14th 2022

Monster of a day! Up nice and early at 6.30, breakfast for 7.30 and off at 8.00. Ready for the day. Up, up and away for today. Straight into the first beast of a climb to Lining Crag. Nice gentle start through to Stonethwaite before we start to go up. we look up at a HUGE monstrosity called Eagle Crag - looks enormous, but a bit concerned since the guidebook says that we’ll be looking down on that soon(ish). So up we go - already starting to get steep and rising above lovely waterfalls. Still steeper until a beast of a climb to the top - more like scrambling up these rocks. Finished! Except we weren’t - over the top just to see another peak even higher that we needed to go up to Greenup Edge ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Ennerdale Bridge August 13th 2022

The day of the sore feet….. 8.00am brekkie to get the day started. Really nice full English for both of us, then straight to work. Off to Ennerdale Water and the beautiful view of the lake in the morning haze. Trek down the south side of the lake for about 4 miles, before we had to stop for Ellis to have a swim. Freezing cold water was not going to deter him - stripped down naked, put his trunks on and then took the plunge. Heaven was found - he bobbed around in the water for 30 mins getting himself nice and cool (that wasn’t to last). Onwards and upwards for a further 5 miles of gently rising ground to YHA Black Sail for a lunch stop. It was during this 5 miles that the Ellis ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Ennerdale Bridge August 12th 2022

Dents Hill!!!! Wow, Dents Hill!! Left The Manor 8.30am after a wholesome breakfast and had to walk just over a mile to the start of the walk. Climbed up to the cliff top for amazing views over the Irish Sea (after collecting our pebbles - 1 each - to give to The North Sea). Not sure about this start to the route since we seemed to be walking for two hours in the wrong direction before turning inland towards our destination. Nice views, so could put up with the extra mileage (if only we‘d known - Dents Hill, the pain to come that’s inn as Dents Hill)…. Inland for another two and a half hours for our lunch stop. A nice cafe or restaurant to look forward to? Nope - corner shop in Cleater for tuna ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » St Bees August 11th 2022

Long 6 hour train journey from London. First 2hr 20mins to Preston (220 miles) - nice air con train enjoying the world whizzing past. Last 2 hrs 40 mins to St Bees (110miles) - packed train from the 80’s which was 32.8deg C (yes, Ellis had his thermometer with him); a lot of sweating….. Got to St Bees, checked into The Manor B&B and then headed straight for the beach for a paddle in the Irish Sea. An extra 2.5 miles just for the fun of it!, Back the The Manor for steak and ale pies and then an early night……….... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria July 28th 2022

Today we got up at our Elim Bank Guest House and went downstairs for breakfast. Because it’s a small breakfast room you sign up for your breakfast time. Ours was 8:00-8:50. We had several choices but I wanted the yogurt parfaits because the owner made her own fruit compote for the yogurt. It was delicious. This is one of the most delightful places we have stayed. It’s a 169 year old Victorian era home with 7 guest rooms. The young couple that own it live on the premises and do all their own cleaning, cooking, and preparing for guests. It’s in the heart of Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere (called The Lake District). It’s such a cute area. Today we had a private tour around the lake region, particularly the areas owned add frequented by Beatrix Potter. Beatrix ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Windermere July 26th 2022

What a day we had today!! We gave up breakfast at the hotel because we were taking a 1-day Outlander Tour and we were supposed to be picked up at 7:55. The bad part was it was a taxi ride away from our hotel. We had previously arranged for a taxi so no problem. We wanted to be early as we didn’t know what the traffic would’ve like so early in the morning. We got to our meeting place which was near the Haymarket Train Station. While Marsha and Shealyn went to Starbucks for breakfast, I decided to go to the train station and check it out. We would be leaving for Beatrix Potter and the the Lake District from the train station. So I find the ticketing counter and start asking questions about how early ... read more

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