Cumbria Park Hotel
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The Britannia Leeds Hotel is our first 'chain' hotel and the first hotel that is close to our £50/night budget. It seems to be pitched primarily as an overnight stop for coach passengers, (there are three in the car park), and is clean and basic if a little jaded. Although we tried to take the room + …
... a little in from the lake, but is considered the major village near each port.
I arrived via train to Windermere, took the bus to Bowness-on-Windermere, walked around for a bit before taking the ferry up to Waterhead. I decided to sit top deck to get the best views and consequently froze all the way up haha. My hostel is at Waterhead and is right on the water front. My room has the most amazing views over the lake.
... the previous castle built 200 metres away,) and enlarged in 1635, it was sacked by Protestants in the later 1600s and left to rot. Almost no-one else there, a very informative ticket seller to fill in the history, we had a great time. Brilliant sunny day too. We were so lucky. We also looked at the foundations of the first castle.
Then drove back along the shore of Solway Firth to another farm camp. Distant echoes of fireworks, this being Guy Fawkes ...
... going on, but this soon gave way to more stable ground that was no less steep. Walking through the car park I saw the first people out walking getting ready in their cars. Nods and waves exchanged I continued around the field up to the stone cross that marked the halfway point for me between the summit and town. Beyond the next gate the path zig zagged at a very sharp angle. I was not going to be doing this without needing to stop. It was hard, i was still building ...
... activities had been planned for us including dinner with members of the local Annan Rotary Club, a Scottish evening arranged by Annan Club, a full day trip to a world heritage site which I didn't go on because I couldn't leave Treacle for 8 hours, a quiz, a trip to a local war time museum and lots of eating and drinking together.
It was a very 'Scottish' rally. On the first night we had dinner with members of the Annan Rotary club followed by a talk by an expert ...