Wandering around the Lake District
Cumbria, we've discovered, is one of the most beautiful places in a country of beautiful places. I quite liked it altogether. But there were a few interesting...personality traits about it that we weren't quite expecting.
We were used to the roads. Mostly two-track, very thin. But what we didn't realize were the insane speeds everyone travels at. It's one thing to see a peugeot rocketing past you at 80mph on a zig-zag curvy mountain road. Quite another to have a lorry do the exact same thing. Absolutely ridiculously unsafe. We've driven all over; Wales, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall, Yorkshire, Northumbria - only there in Cumbria did we acquaint ourselves with the insane speedster driver. Perhaps it was merely the Bank Holiday weekend we were there for. But it was horrendous. Once we got to Scotland, everyone drove quite sensibly.
That being said, it didn't put a damper on our adventuring.
This is Windermere, from the view of our B&B the next morning. We were up so early we could not enjoy breakfast - we had places to go! We drove up to Penrith and Keswick right after dawn to see Long Meg and her Daughters and Castlerigg (two neolithic stone circles) by early morning light.
But the day was so full of everything that it's a bit higgledy-piggledy and I cannot write a whole post about them.
We fought a lot with the weather this trip. It rained most of the time. Out of 7 days we only had 2 or 3 partly cloudy days. Only 1 sunny day and it was when we were traveling by car to the Trossachs. But sometimes the clouds parted and gave us a little of what we wanted.
This looks to me like a farmhouse - but it was just on the main road outside Windermere and looked unused, but not abandoned. I cannot be sure. It had a lovely prospect and just commanded it's corner of the road. We had to walk down to it so I could capture it. I waited for the sun to come out here. :)
The first two days were so cram-packed with things that we did I only really remember the neolithic sites we visited with any clarity. At least, trying to remember right now at any rate. It's a bit of a blur! The first day we were in the Lake District we were out for 14 hours all told. I'm still rather exhausted :)
We did do some walking that day - a very very easy walk near Grasmere. But it was raining on and off so we opted for something grade 1 that went for a few miles.