Lake District - Keswick
There were hundreds of B&Bs to choose from in Keswick, but they
were all around 20 pounds per person, pretty expensive. And there
was no shortage of pubs to eat in, though they also seemed expensive.
(There's no high-rise or even medium density housing in Keswick, which
cuts down the options for hotels. It also makes the town attractive.)
Saturday September 13th
We had our cooked breakfast - hard to turn down when it's part of the
accommodation deal, worries about cholesterol notwithstanding! - then
went to the Tourist Information Centre to check out walks.
We picked a short local walk to La Trigg, a viewpoint north of Keswick
which offers views of the colorful heath-covered slopes above, in the
direction of Skiddaw, and over Keswick and Derwent Water below.
On the way back down we ate a few wild blackberries, then had lunch
in the woods by the Greta River. The track back along the river to
town follows a disused causeway, passing an old bobbin factory and a
prize-winning concrete bridge.
Buttermere or Crummock Water (?)
Castle Rigg stone circle
Back with the car, we did a big loop around Derwent Water.
First stop was in Borrowdale, where we had scones, jam and tea.
Then it was up a steep winding road to Honister Pass, where a slate mine
was obviously a major attraction, with cars and people everywhere.
We continued past Buttermere and Crummock Water, stopping once for a short
Going back through Keswick, we stopped at Castle Rigg stone circle --
a popular spot, with maybe fifty people there, including a wedding party
being photographed. On the way out of the Lake District, we took a
roundabout route via Ullswater.
Then, heading for Newcastle,
we took the A66 Northern Pennines Scenic
Route, which was indeed scenic but slower and windier than expected.
At one point we stopped for some pheasants crossing the road, only to see
a car going the other way hit one, producing a big explosion of feathers.
This left Camilla a bit shaken, but she got us back to Newcastle ok.
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