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... for another group meal. I was able to say my farewells to Newcastle as well. The hardest farewells, of course, were the ones I said to my friends. I have made such an amazing group of friends in Durham. They have been like my family, and I don't know what I would have done without them this year. It's not where you go that makes a trip, but who you meet. I was privilege enough to have met some of the greatest people in the world at Durham.
... a peek in Ripon cathedral. We have a lot of cathedrals on the list to see... I'll have to decide if one is my favorite. Then it was west to Thirsk. Thirsk is the home town of the vet that wrote the James Herriot books, which Dad is a big fan of. We toured James Wights house/practice and even played some games there. Across the street is our b&b so we have a peaceful night before another big commuting day tomorrow when we'll drive to York and board the train to London ...
... 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 ...
... 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