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This weekend I crossed an item off my bucket list that has been there for quite a while - to visit the Lake District and more specifically Beatrix Potter's house.
I love the Beatrix potter stories, I have the tv show and movie on DVD. The sweeping landscape views in both sets have inspired me immensely to visit the area. There are two train stations accessible in the district from London, I chose to arrive at Windermere, one ofthe ...
... satnav gets us across the city to the Uni without fuss or drama, with the worst part being the cost of a couple of quid an hour to park! We decide that one hour should be sufficient. Firstly we hunt down Stu's friend Claire in her office, housed at the top of an ancient spiral-staircased tenement on campus, then, after a natter, we head out to find a view of the castle so we can take a selfie. With time running out on the expensive parking ticket, this turns into something of a ...
Time to fill, off work for the week before David's wedding and I needed to find something to do. Why not try that mountain I had said I would do 18 months ago. Skiddaw. Not really a mountain by world standards I guess, but for England its one of those above 3000ft, which is good enough for us. Pre-booked first class on Virgin trains from Euston and a short taxi ride and I'm in Keswick for the afternoon. My room in the Queens Hotel looks directly out over to Skiddaw, ...
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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 ...
4 days, 39 miles, spectacular scenery, bright sunshine, 40 knot winds, rain even some small hail - our walk had it all.
We set off Wednesday morning about 10 after a hearty English Breakfast at our B&B. we had a 4 mile walk mostly uphill before we reached the Hadrian's Wall Path. This is a National Trail mostly through green fields of sheep and ...