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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » St Bees August 21st 2019

20 August 2019, Tuesday This day started out with the good full English breakfast at Vallum Lodge. With my bags ready to go I walked to the Sill where I caught the AD 122 bus to Haltwhistle train station. At Haltwhistle, I saw Don and Sue, from Auckland, who had taken a taxi back from Gilland. They spent the night, then came to the station to catch the train to Newcastle. Fortunately, he could show me how to work the kiosk in order to buy my train ticket from Haltwhistle to St Bees. The train took me to Carlisle where I transferred to the train to St Bees. I arrived in St Bees, approximately 1:30 and was able to walk the short distance to the Stonehouse where we were are lodging for the evening. About an ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Ambleside October 4th 2018

England’s Lake District in Cumbria is the stuff of legend: Wordsworth was inspired to write the arguably most famous poem in the English language after strolling the hills of daffodils, and Beatrix Potter painted and wrote of its flora and fauna. We had great plans to explore the hills and vales ourselves, but got rained out. No matter, we’ve had great fun, and a fabulous townhouse in Kendal as our Cumbrian home. The best of our photos came from the (driest) afternoon of our arrival, but they truly don’t do the countryside justice. We were oohing and aahing at every turn, and it was hard to keep one‘s eyes on the road. Our progress into the heart of the district was slow, as we constantly pulled over to photograph and take it all in. Cumbria has ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Wasdale October 4th 2018

Back in 2016 I wrote my first account of a challenge I took part in during the summer. This is my account of our National Three Peak Challenge. As I have just started this blog I thought some of you would like to read it. Steve. (October 2018) Preface It was a familiar feeling in recent weeks. My head was spinning wildly and I was in serious danger of collapsing. Nausea was building to the point I was holding vomit back and I felt like I wanted to shit in my shorts. I leant my head on my poles and took several deep breaths. I was scared this would happen. I fucking knew it would after all this work to get on top of it. My knees uneasy under my body weight were struggling to hold ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick August 5th 2018

Day 3.. After a goodnight’s sleep thanks to the help of a few beers we had to rise early for the long trek home. Looking back at what we had done over one amazing weekend, and we had had an amazing weekend with all the hiking, and Kayaking. Cave exploring and wild camping and even though the plans had been changed several times to suit the environmental conditions, it had all turned out great. Perhaps the rivers flowed too fast to get to the planned campsite, plus with the fact of the bad weather, we had to move things around, but with all that we managed to have a great weekend!... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick August 4th 2018

Day 2.. I After a busy wet and eventful first day in the Lake district and most of the itinerary already done we decided today to headed up to Bassenthwaite Lake, hoping that the flow of the river would be in our favour. Once we had packed our tent and checked no rubbish was left behind we headed out onto the now calm waters and head north. Stopping firstly at the Nichol End Marine for a nosey, we ended up being drawn in by the strong aroma of coffee wafting out, so fuelled up with coffee and Croissants plus the use of their facilities for the usual ablutions. Once we had finished looking round we got back into the kayaks and carried on to the mouth of the northern end of Derwent water and headed up ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Keswick August 3rd 2018

The Derwent dash about. After a busy few weeks with Wiltshire and Charmouth behind me, it’s time to take it easy, well easier. This time myself and a couple of friends are heading up to the Lake District. I had been planning a fun long weekend which included, hiking, Kayaking and a sprinkle of wild camping thrown in for good measure. I spent the usual few months researching car parks, accommodation and the best Lake to Kayak around and places of interest to hike to. Well with all this in mind and the unquestionable trust my friends have put into my organisational skills we set off bright and early, fresh faced and full of excitement; or should I say tired and full of coffee. My plan was to get the best parking spot at Derwent water ... read more

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 » Cockermouth June 30th 2018

We decided to stay put in our accommodation in Great Broughton and headed to Maryport on the suggestion of our host to watch the great Trawler Race. We weren’t disappointed as the walk around the harbour was an eye-opener and most enjoyable. I happened to strike up a conversation with a owner-skipper of the trawler, “Silver Fern”, and was invited on board for a look around and even invited to stay on board and partake in the race out at sea, the Irish Sea. I declined as I have enough trouble staying upright standing still on level ground let alone on the deck of a trawler as it surges through the waves … “Man overbooooaaaarrrd!” We stayed, watched and enjoyed all of the decorated, flag flying trawlers depart safe harbour. The tide had come in, the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Cockermouth June 29th 2018

We followed Jane’s suggestion and did a 70min Lake Windermere boat cruise. Very scenic and very relaxing. Keswick, the headquarters for adventurers of any ilk followed. Then … one of the best drives we have done in our short lives … from Keswick to Grange to Stonethwaith to Seatoller through and over mountains by the Honister Pass with gradient of 25-30% in many places to Buttermere, Lorton, Cockermouth and finally our destination, Great Broughton. The road, windy, narrow, with hundreds of metres drop-off on the left of the car for a great part of the slow journey, but scenery so very spectacular that it was unfortunate that we couldn’t stop to photograph whenever we wanted as there were no stopping points. Drop-off one side, stone wall or mountain side and scree the other. With vehicles approaching ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Windermere June 28th 2018

With Rob and Mary’s generosity we left with Mary’s Mercedes-Benz convertible for the Lake District. Speed along the Motorways was constantly high and even at 70mph and a few times 80mph many vehicles flashed past. We made for the southern end of Lake Windermere before following its eastern shore north to the town of Windermere. We had stopped on its shores about 5km before the actual town for a brief wander before arriving at our accommodation at Holly Lodge B&B. Our welcome was very warm and friendly and we were shown to our luxurious room. Another accommodation winner. It was so comfortable that we both fell asleep for a couple of hours. After very briefly wandering the main street we headed off to explore the environment. Now, the Lake District is world renowned for its magnificent ... read more




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