10 Places in 2014 #2 the Lake District

One of my (not quite) 43 things is to visit 10 places in England before the end of 2014 that I’ve never been to before.

This may be harder than I think. My jobs (s) have taken me all over the country over the last 8 years so I’ve seen a lot of England even if I’ve not had as much time as I would like to appreciate the places I’ve been to and there are a lot of beautiful, fascinating places in this country that I want to see. 10 Places, by the end of 2014 that I’ve never been to before. Photo’s to be posted.

2. The Lake Disctrict 14/07/2014 – 16/07/2014. The Man and I decided to celebrate the 8 year anniversary of our first date with a short break in the Lake District.

We opted for a bit of glamping – staying in a (static) Gypsy Caravan, with Wild In Style at Low Wray Campsite on the edge of Lake Windermere.

Wild In Style

We arrived late afternoon on the 14th and it was raining – really hard, miserable rain. Prompted by a bunch of teenagers walking towards the shower block my thought was ‘Welcome to Camp Crystal Lake – you’re all going to die!’ I would have twittered it if there was any hope of a data signal but it would appear that the internet hasn’t got to Windermere yet.

A holiday is what you make it and if you rely on British weather being good to enjoy yourself you will inevitably be disappointed so we made the most of it. Tucked up in our cottage tent with a few bottles of wine/Jack/liqueurs Matt cooked a delicious spaghetti Bolognese on the two ring burner.

The Chef, creating

We ate, we drank and we laughed. Rain – be damned!

Day 2 was a gorgeous hot, sunny day and we went to Coniston, we climbed (most of the way) up The Old Man of Coniston  I hate admitting defeat but if I’d have carried on I know it would have hurt and I didn’t want to spoil the rest of the holiday. The views were amazing.

Coniston

We had a wander round Coniston Water where Sir Malcolm Campbell set the world water speed record on August 19th 1939 at 141.74 miles per hour in Bluebird K4. His son Donald Campbell died here in 1967 attempting to break the 300mph barrier in Bluebird K7 he reached speed in excess of 320mph but crashed and was killed so the record attempt doesn’t stand as it wasn’t completed. His head still hasn’t been recovered.

Coniston Water

Thursday morning the weather was awful and although we had no complaints about the caravan and the facilities maybe we’re a little too long in the tooth to sleep on a wafer thin, small mattress for more than a few days so we decided to come home a day early, but not before we’d explored the legends of Wrynose and Hardknott pass. A challenging drive and not one I’d like to do in the height of tourist season, passing places are scarce and in my, brief, experience of driving through it – he who reverses first loses.

 

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