Sunday 23 September 2018

The Lake District: “The loveliest spot that man hath found.” William Wordsworth

A painful toe made a short break in the Lake District a bit like a visit to an all-you-can-eat-buffet when on a diet; you can look but can’t experience it first-hand!   However, I did manage to do and see quite a bit, my toe has been sorted out and I can only imagine what it must be like to live with limited mobility.
Our base was Stainton, a small village very convenient for Penrith, Ullswater and the major roads.  Here are a few of the places we visited:
Brougham Hall


Once known as “the Windsor of the North” because members of the royal family stayed here but sold off by the 4th Lord Brougham to pay off gambling debts, this site on the outskirts of Penrith is now being restored and has some interesting craft shops and teashops in its courtyard.
 A small but busy town with many independent specialist shops and eating places
 On the Eastern fringes of the Lake District, the Ullswater Way is a 20 mile route for walkers around this lake.  Unfortunately my sore foot wouldn’t allow me to walk any distance, but we stopped off at both Pooley Bridge and Glendenning for a brief stroll. 

We then drove on to Lake Windermere over the wonderfully scenic Kirkstone Pass to Ambleside, then Bowness, which I have often visited as my sister had an apartment there.
 Kirkstone Pass

 beautiful planting scheme near the pier at Bowness

 On our way home, we visited Threlkeld at the foot of Blencathra, where we spent a lovely holiday in the hot summer of 1976  and Keswick where there was a wonderful market full of stalls selling local food and crafts.  I couldn’t resist buying a couple of plants.
 I hope to revisit the area again, this time spending more time on foot!

“The sea is their grave but this Memorial sculpture is, in many ways, a headstone for the lost trawlermen”

I have always been impressed by the architecture in the centre of the maritime city of Hull, especially the old buildings with their carving...