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- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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... the views were magnificent, and we have again been lucky with the weather. Round here somewhere is the wettest spot in England, and you can believe it - the grass is BRIGHT green, and sheep and stone walls. There was a haze all day, maybe because it was fine. Now we are showered and about to go to dinner, just first enjoying a spell of wifi in the lobby. Tomorrow is not such a long day, and we end up in Grasmere, which is touristy, and we should be able to buy ...
... Dales. The Dales National Park covers a bit over 400,000 acres. It's often characterized by stone walls, lots of sheep and valleys... Oh, and narrow roads where one car either has to pull over to let the other one pass or back up to the last pullout spot. It's very pretty and having paid for $0 deductible insurance for the car, the closest of those stone walls ...
We left Carlisle early Sunday morning and drove along Lake Ullswater on way to Lake Windermere, The road was narrow in many places and climbed up to Kirkstone Pass at 485m,
We had a late breakfast by the lake and were amazed at some sort of Indian festival/parade that closed the streets - dozens of Indians dressed in Scottish outfits playing bagpipes.
We then caught the car ferry across Lake Windermere and drove along more narrow roads to Coniston ...
... the way to find the castle, we couldn't find the brochure with the directions so we headed to Hawkshead. This is where we were supposed to find the Beatrix Potter gallery. To be honest, every bloody store was full of BP stuff. While wandering around the village, a cafe with humongous cakes in the window caught our attention. It was the tiniest cafe but had real character and atmosphere. The food was incredible. We both ordered sandwiches. Without a word of a ...
... down over the Cistercian ruin of Rievaulx Abbey.
So, this will be the last of our UK bloggs. During our time here, we have covered some 12,000km, visited 38 English Heritage and National Trust properties which were "free" after paying for membership for 12 months.
Don't ask how many cream teas (scones, jam and cream) and coffees we had, but our waistlines I think have increased a bit!!
Take care and love to all
Clive and Wendy