Lake District, Hadrians Wall and the Pennines

Now here is a trip you can take to the North of England. From London take the M40 North past Oxford, don’t worry we will be visiting Oxford, to Birmingham. Go past Birmingham and get on the M6. Now there is a toll M6, listen if you like to drive fast this is your opportunity. Please don’t get me wrong, you can get caught, but the four times I have done it, no cops and one hundred and forty miles an hour, and other cars either losing their bottle or staying steady! Being back on the sane M6 we are really going North in England. Past Manchester, past every Northern major City that is on the West side of England. England at this point is getting pretty skinny so any city is part of the M6.

  • If you like to drive fast this is your opportunity
  • I recommend Derwent Water and the Town of Keswick
  • Bowness on Windermere was the Summer home of Beatrix Potter of Peter The Rabbit Fame

We are heading to the Lake District, A National Park, a Unesco site of outstanding beauty and Wordsworth’s poem ”I wonder lonely as a cloud.” Not only that but Bowness on Windermere was the Summer home of Beatrix Potter of Peter The Rabbit Fame.. The Lake District was an upper class destination for the Summer in the old days. It is now a destination for the upper classes and the others. Stunningly beautiful.

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I recommend Derwent Water and the Town of Keswick. A stunning lake but without anyone there, especially when we are going to be there. I stayed at the Mary Mount. it has a ferry stop that takes you all around the Lake. It was a full service Hotel, bar, restaurant, which is good, and had fantastic views of the mountains. Understand, this far North even in May, it isn’t getting dark before ten. Twilight, when the sun is shining, is a magical light.

You almost don’t need to get back on the M6 but you do at Penrith.. Go North to Carlisle , exit the A69 and take that road to Hexham.

I got up early the next morning and took the ferry to the Beginning of The Cat’s Bell Hike. Now listen, this is a hike. It isn’t difficult terrain it is just steep and goes on for a long time. The reward is well worth it. A stunning view of Derwent Water and the trail you have just hiked, not to mention you now can eat a big dinner when you get back to your hotel.

Leaving the Lake District we are now heading East. You almost don’t need to get back on the M6 but you do at Penrith.. Go North to Carlisle , exit the A69 and take that road to Hexham. You are now driving just south of the Scottish English border, certainly in Roman times. Hadrian’s wall is to your left as you drive this road. China has its Great Wall and so does England. Not quite so big but there to do the same job. Stop the Barbarians from coming from The North into civilized, Roman England.

The Wall was seventy miles long and was constructed by Roman Soldiers and designed by Roman officers. The reason why it was so effective was not because only of its height but because the Romans soldiers knew the terrain and used the hills to give it its height and believe me I went into enemy territory and found myself in a bog very quickly. It is ingenious in its use of natural hills and bogs and lakes etc. All along the wall there are Roman ruins, forts and towns and if this is your interest, you are in the right place.

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