lunedì 7 agosto 2017

When in doubt, go left.

Summer days in England are long. Long like I've never experienced before.
And it's such a privilege to be able to relish these long hours.
On a rainy summer weekend we visited the south part of the Lake District.
Long and very detailed conversation with some friends made me discover that only one of those water puddles is a "lake" but none the less I think there is a reason for that name :)

The region is crossed vertically by a walking path called "The Cumbria Way" : I would like to walk it all one day.

We spent the night in Barrow in Furness, a little town by the sea: British stereotype as much as you can imagine.

Early the morning after we took the car , drove for 20 minutes through tiny, steep streets and parked in Coniston, where we started our walk.

We asked for directions and decided to take the renowned walk of "The Old Man of Coniston"; it brought us here. And we really couldn't complained about it.

We reached the peak, about 1000 m asl , in about two hours: it was windy and so cold! 

We rushed down and didn't really know which way to go; a middle aged couple must have seen us a little lost and gave us directions to reach Coniston : "When in doubt, go left!" 


We reached other lakes, walked around them.

By the last thirty minutes or so even the sun came out!

Because we still wanted to wander a little, we took the car and reached Ambleside.

Unbelievable place, seems a movie set! Small white houses, with chimneys popping up roofs, cozy dehors of typical pubs and old shops with local specialties.


The day after we took it easy, went up a little hill in Windermere and visited both Windermere and Bowness on Windermere.

These two towns are bigger and more touristic, with their ports on the lake , their tour agencies and their shops of Peter Rabbit. The author, Beatrix Potter, was from here and they are letting you know! Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and Benjamin Bunny are everywhere!

It started to rain just in time to get back to the car and drive home.
I realized I love , love road trips and hope to take many more in this country I’m starting to feel mine!

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