European Adventure 2017
Although still mild it is an overcast day with the threat of showers. No wind though so still very pleasant. Today is really about skirting around the western lakes of Cumbria to get a good look at the district. It is good to be back in convoy again with Charlie and Mandy as we have all been doing our own thing for a few days. Lidka and Leicester are visiting people on the Isle of Mann so we will all be back together again in Dumfries in a day or two. First stop was Ambleside which was rather nice but busy like Windermere given that it is mid summer and school holidays. We walked the mile or two to the lake and saw a couple of cruise boats leave then wandered back. Keswick was the next stop and we found a rather nice pizza place for lunch while the Carnies did their washing at a laundrette. Parking is difficult as I have mentioned time and time again but here they have done a pretty good job. Just as well as some of the alley ways and lanes are very tight. We spotted a car trying to exit a lane but two bikes were shackled to the shop wall and it took several people to assist the driver to squeeze out. Not sure what state his left side mirror was when he left as there was not a lot of room to lift the pedals out of the way. After lunch we both headed off towards Hexham and our camp spot for the night. It was a lovely drive across the country and as we moved from one district to another the changing scenery was simply lovely. The green of the lakes district is so vibrant in colour it is fantastic to look at and seems to be unreal. Personally I can't get enough of it- it is an amazing place to be in. As we head towards Hexham we are in the Pennines and the scenery turns into high country grasses and reminds us of home to some degree and it is a lovely drive. The sky is moody so it is quite dramatic looking but still lovely and mild and throughout the day apart from the odd shower while driving it has been dry and very pleasant. On the way we stopped at the Castle Rigg Stone Circle which is a 4,500 year old circle of stones which seem to appear out of nowhere at the top of a hill. We were looking for our BritStop but couldn't find anyone to make sure we were in the right place. We wandered down the road to the pub and made enquiries and with that they offered their carpark so that was great. A drink in the pub to pay our dues and we are set.