Claremonters in England: The Lake District

We like to end our trips in nature somewhere – mountains, beaches, anywhere where we can hike and soak up beauty. Because public transportation is not terribly convenient in Northern England, we held our breath and rented a car (and no one died, and we didn’t even dent the car). Starting in York, we took a slight northerly detour to visit Hadrian’s Wall, the remains of the 70-mile long barrier from Hadrian’s time as emperor of the Roman Empire. It was built to keep out the barbarians of the north, and it made me think of the Wall in Game of Thrones.

These photos show no blue skies, and when we made it to the start of the hike (after lunch at the wayside called Twice Brewed), a mist was settling in, so the rain jackets came out. We hiked up and down and up and down (with a look at the Robin Hood Tree seen in the bottom row) and I marveled at the wonderful rocky ruin and took many photos.

When we’d had about enough of that, we turned around into the wind, and soon it was whipping up quite a squall, and the camera had to be protected, and we had to make it to the car before we were blown into barbarian country. I don’t remember how many miles we hiked, but I did register 68 flights of stairs for that adventure. It was worth it.

Keswick (pronounced Kes-ick) served as our base of operations in the Lake District from where we hiked every day.

Buttermere Lake offers an easy, flat walk around the lake and sits in the middle of a lovely drive through valleys with waterfalls and little towns. Little Town, seen in the top right of these photos is where Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle lived. We did not see her.

Two other days were spent hiking up various high places to get good views of one of the lakes called Derwentwater. One was Lattrig, another called Catbells, and another was Castlehead.

Castlerigg Stone Circle sits just outside of Keswick, providing another great opportunity to photograph rocks.

Everywhere we went we walked through all kinds of gates with various latches and saw sheep, and then more sheep.

Good-bye, Keswick. Good-bye England!

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