The land that WiFi forgot

Trip Start Apr 01, 2008
Trip End Jun 30, 2008

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

He says:

I apologise for the lack of updates, as I am sure all your lives have been less fullfilling without a blog from yours truely...  After the blanket coverage of WiFi in the US the lack of hotspots in regional UK has been a shock.  I have finally found one so have decided that it is time for another exciting episode in the travels of the intredid duo... 

I am currently sitting in a little cafe in Oxford on my way to Jenny's (family friend), who lives about an hour south of Oxford.  gaynor has stayed in Leicester as there are still some relatives she hasn't caught up with.  I will meet up with her again on Saturday before we go onto London for a week.  Anyway, I am sure you are all wondering what we have been up to during our period of WiFi wilderness...

So after spending a couple of days in Leicester recovering from our jetlag and trying, unsuccessfully, to acclimatise we headed north for a couple of days in the Lakes district... The drive north was interesting and got better the closer we got to the Lakes district. We arrived in Windermere just after lunch on Monday and checked into our very homely and comfortable B&B. That afternoon we explored Windermere and travelled on the ferry up to the north of the lake and walked into the town of Ambleside. Ambleside was fantastic, all stone cottages and great views, but the highlight was a tiny buiding perched on a tiny arched bridge that was originally built as a 'Summer house' 500 years or so ago, but was the home of a family of 8 during the late 18th century. After exploring Ambleside for a couple of hours we caught the ferry back to Windermere (on the way seeing the first sun since we left NYC), had dinner at a local pub and had an early night.

The next day the weather had finally improved, so after a huge English breakfast, including black pudding... (where we met a woman who grew up in Toowoomba and a funny couple of women from the US) we decided to take up our hosts suggestion of a drive around the district. The drive took us in a big douple loop north and took all day to complete. In short it was spectacular... It took us through tiny english lanes and villages, over and through steep passes, past incredibly beautiful lake and spectacular mountains. We were both blown away, I knew the Lakes district was meant to be beautiful but what we saw far exceeded all expectations... I was feeling dissapointed that we weren't getting up to Scotland this trip but after our drive I feel like I have seen the best that Scotland could have shown me. We saw some great natural wonders, including a huge glacier boulder which appears to be resting on end and about to topple over at any moment and Aire Force a spectacular waterfall not far from Windermere.  Another highlight was going to Castlerigg, which has to be the most spectacular stone circle in the UK. It's perched on a small rise in the middle of a valley surrounded by spectacular mountains and is, well, spectacular. Another plus is it is located down a series of tiny lanes so coaches can't get to it and so there were only a couple of other people there. Having said spectacular far too many times we headed back to Windermere for a well deserved rest.

There were many more highlights from our time in the Lakes district but it just isn't the same on paper and non of the photos we took do it the slightest justice. It was only an after thought that we went to the lakes district and I am really pleased we did.

The next day we drove back to Leicester, via a round about route that took us via a couple of castles and Coventry.  The castles were cool, one was more like a large manor house and was still in use and the other was a ruin (the tower were torn down in 1969 after a kid died (you have to shake your head) but was good as you could see how it had been constructed and the different periods of construction from Norman to the 19th century...  In Coventry we went to the Coventry Cathedral, which was well worth it.

Which brings me to today...  This morning i have driven south from Leicester.  Went to Warwick castle for a look (what can I say, I like castles), which apart from being so touristy was the best yet.  Huge, imposing and very very old.

Anyway, that brings me up to date and hopefully we will have wireless in London so it won't be such a long wait for the next instalment.

PS I ran out of time to upload more photos or put them in order.  At the next hotspot will upload more and sort them...
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hannah.goanna on

Acorn computers!
Do you not remember my stories of the shockingly primitive 'technology' I found in England?! Welcome to the land that time forgot :P
Your post brought back so many memories! I'd forgotten Ambleside and Windermere but they are just beautiful! It sounds as though you're definitely making your way through the castles! Keep enjoying yourselves xx

angelasusan on

No host of golden daffodils?
But it all looks ravishingly beautiful anyway. Great to hear from you again and it's a relief that you are still really enjoying yourselves and finding large amounts of empty countryside (I had wondered if you had both become so intensely urbanised that Central Park was sufficient to satisfy any possible faint longing for a natural environment).

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