Cumbrian Holiday

I often feel that I over use superlatives such as Beautiful, fantastic, amazing and so on. After visiting Tiree, I know that I do. For each time that you see a superlative in the pages below, please add one, it really is one of the most amazing places I have ever visited!

Dumfries & Wanlockhead - 26th June

Dave wanted to head home early, so I decided to explore a little more on my way north. I started off pottering around the Lakes, but enormous hordes of people had appeared overnight, bringing chaos to the roads, so I slowly extracted myself via Carlisle and instead went to Dumfries for my lunch. I then continued north via Wanlockhead high in the southern uplands before heading home.

Around Penrith & Buttermere - 25th June

We had hoped to climb Hellvellyn today, but the forecast wasn't great, and the weather looked a tad worse! So, instead, we explored a variety of sites around Penrith, and then in the evening we took a drive around the quiet roads of Buttermere.

Beamish & Weardale - 24th June

Our one day away from Cumbria saw us cross the Pennines on the spectacular Hartside and Killhope Cross passes, before heading down picturesque Weardale to find the Open Air Museum at Beamish in County Durham.

Scafell Pike - 23rd June

In the end, Dave required precious little bribing to go up Scafell Pike, England's highest summit. This means that we have now completed the three peaks together. It didn't take tooooo long...

Coniston - 22nd June

One day a week, there is a special 'Campbells on Coniston' cruise, explaining about Bluebird and the record attempts. Therefore it was something that we couldn't miss, so on Tuesday we went to Coniston. After the boat trip, we headed east to Hawkshead, and then back through Ambleside.

Cumbrian Coast - 21st June

Over the years as kids, we visited the Lake District at least 4 times, but neither of us remember ever going to the coast... except for Ravenglass on the little train. Today we put that right, heading north to Silloth on the Solway Firth and then following the coast south to Walney Island near Barrow. Our return route saw us passing Windermere before crossing the Kirkstone Pass.

Hutton in the Forest - 20th June

By some lucky coincidence, the 'big house' of Hutton in the Forest just down the road from us was hosting a Classic Car show on the Sunday, so we didn't even need to get the car out for a very enjoyable morning. We also enjoyed a walk to Skelton, a nearby village, in the evening for a drink at the pub!!