On 6 August we traveled from Wales to Cumbria (northern England), staying in what is known as the Lake District National Park. Cumbria is the home of poet William Wordsworth, and all things Peter Rabbit - home of writer, illustrator Beatrix Potter. We had heard this area was lovely, but we were not prepared for just how lovely. As we left Wales behind, the scenery became a striking landscape of sweeping pastoral hills full of sheep, and what are called the Northern Fells (mountain range which includes the highest point in England). We checked into the Robinsbrook Country Guest House (located just outside of Cockermouth) for a 4-night stay, and quite literally had the beautiful place to ourselves. Unfortunately, the owners Chris and Gail were not there because Chris was having health issues and they were both out of town. They readily honored our reservation and made sure we had a good hearty Cumbrian breakfast each morning at Graysonside BnB just down the road. Here's what we were up to:
Honister Slate Mine Pass (elevation 1,167 ft.) and 90-minute green slate mine tour
Castelerigg Stone Circle just outside of the town of Keswick
Ennerdale Water - A lakeside hike with the captivating Fells full of heather, heath, and tons of fern. It was wonderful for me to see all the heather with little bits of heath blooming in their natural setting – outstanding!
Crummock Water – Dennis was out on his own as I needed some computer catch-up time and I had put my miles in the previous day (11 miles) with a run from our BnB and the Ennerdale lakeside hike.
Some of the most dramatic, interesting, fabulous landscape we have ever seen are in Cumbria. We met so many wonderful people during our time in the Lake District and can’t wait to return for a much longer stay.
Thanks for joining us on our journey.