Hallmark Hotel Carlisle
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- Continental Breakfast
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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The moment you step off the train the tranquil area, beautiful fresh air and peaceful sounds washes over you. It's lovely and the complete opposite of London!
There are 4 small villages I spent most of my time in, Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere, Ambleside and Waterhead. Bowness-on-Windermere and Waterhead are located right on the water front and you can take a ferry to each port. While Windermere and Ambleside ...
... 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 ...
... but we do it and get back to the car with 5 mins to spare. We both wouldn't mind a coffee, but are not willing to pay for more parking plus coffee in the overpriced tourist cafes that are round about, so we decide to head a few miles down the road to Queensferry and our next great sight. I have stayed in South Queensferry a couple of times when visiting Edinburgh (in the much-lamented Forth Bridges Hotel) so I know there's somewhere to park and somewhere to partake. The satnav however ...
... levels since giving up smoking (I still am) so I had to pause a number of times up this section. The ground was rocky scree which would very easily lead to a sprained ankle. Not something I wanted happening. By the time I reached the next gate I could see Little Man and the clouds just rolling onto the top, Skiddaw would be climbed through the clouds, there wasn't going to be much of a view from the top. Rounding Little Man I was on the ridge walking up to the summit, ...
... ado about nothing.
In eleven hundred years you can leave a lot of marks on the culture and countryside, for good or ill.
One of the minor marks Rome left was Hadrian’s Wall.
In the 100s, just before it started its slow slide into irrelevance in the mid- to late-200s AD and continuing with a brief break in the 300s, Rome had a glorious century. At its peak Rome had the good fortune to have "five good emperors." History actually ...