Sunday, 18 November 2012

Day 2, The lake district

The stone bridge over to Grange
The pass from Buttermere to Keswick
Sunday was our first whole day in England. Yesterday had some occassional heavy showers of rain, but this day we did not have rain at all. We even had some sun for an hour or so ;0). First we walked around in Keswick to explore this old town and the beautifull lake situated at the outskirts of town. Then we drove south to Honnister Pass. The roads got more and more narrow and steeper, but we got a magnificent view of the lake and the mountains surrounding it. Several stops to take photographs were made, but many places it was difficult to stop due to the lack of parking and stone walls. From Honnister Pass we drove down to  Buttermere and then over an other pass to Keswick. Then the gps sent us on a de-tour to a mini stonehenge. After fooling around on a narrow country-road we made it down to Grasmere for a late lunch in this small village made of stone houses.
Great Langdale
From Grasmere we drove over to Chapel Stile to the Great Langdale. The autumn colour were everywhere. Orange leaves covering all the roads and between 5 and 10 degrees temperature.
Sheep land
I was wondering how it would be to drive around in the Lake District during high season. Now we were off season and we still met cars on this roads which seemed only large enough for one car. It would definately be nice to come back to this area and spend a few days instead of rushing through here, but we only have this much time, so instead we have the chance to see what this area has to offer. From Blea Tarn, a small lake we drove through Ambleside and down to Bowness-on-Windermere to look for Beatrix Potter. The museum was closed as we found it, but we spent some time walking around in town where we found a store with all the Beatrix Potter things :D. By now it was very dark and we had to make the final leg of the day over the pass to Ullswater  (after a small detour on the road to Kendal) to stay in an old mansion looking hotel. This hotel was overlooking Ullswater and we were only 10 guests and had to dress up for dinner and had drinks in one of the lounges. We think this was a good experience but not as cozy as a B&B.
Today we drove 120 km.
Day 2

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