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by Katerina Nikolas
Kendal, England, United Kingdom
January 3, 2011
Barrow in Furness, United Kingdom
July 18, 2009
From journal Walking Around South Cumbria
April 30, 2006
The home of the eponymously named mint cake and Clarks foot ware. Strange as it may seem there is a real connection between the two. The mint cake is a sweet slab of mint-flavoured sugar, giving a high-energy boost (I’m afraid that I find it extremely moreish, so will only ever buy it in small quantities), so it is ideal for walkers trekking around in locally made shoes in the rugged terrain of the Lake District. Be sure to check out Clarks Retail Park, as I’m sure you’ll find a bargain or two at their shoe factory outlet. In recent years, this outlet mall has expanded to sell a whole range of reduced price designer ware, so if you’re a keen shopper you’ll need more than a few minutes to pop in!
The town of Kendal is characterised by a maze of small lanes, connecting to "yards" running off the main thoroughfare. It certainly is not a popular, or as pretty as other Lakeland towns but it’s still worth a visit. Of course, no visit to the Lake District is complete without dedicating some of your time to pursuing the sights linked to the wonderful poet, William Wordsworth, and the popular story-teller and artist, the great Beatrix Potter. It was at Ullswater Lake that Dorothy Wordsworth made a few notes in her diary to describe a few daffodils near to the water’s edge. Brother, William, worked on the notes and produced one of his most famous poems, "I wandered lonely as a cloud that floats on high…" Dove cottage was his home for almost a decade, and it’s been lovingly restored to reflect how it might have been in the early 1800s. Parking around Grasmere is always difficult, and we ended up having to park a few minutes walk away from the cottage. As we wandered around the narrow alleys and yards of Hawkshead, a remarkably interesting village with quaint whitewashed Cumbrian cottages, we took the opportunity to visit Wordsworth's old school—the old grammar school founded as long ago as 1585. Well worth the visit.But Cumbria’s real darling is Beatrix Potter, and she is celebrated everywhere with no respectable craft shop daring to not stock Potter memorabilia. Hill Top was purchased by Beatrix Potter in the early 1900s, and this small house (bequeathed to the National Trust) receives swarms of visitors. We timed our visit well, and just beat a bus load to the ticket office. You'll have to be prepared for bit of a wait, but it is one of those "must dos." The house is "as she left it" and it gives an incredible insight into the life and painstaking dedication that went into Potter’s Peter Rabbit stories. There are original illustrations and Beatrix's early doodlings. This country cottage extraordinaire and "busy garden" is a real treat. You can’t not enjoy this Potter experience!
From journal A Dip in the Lake District
Cooper City, Florida
August 3, 2004
One of the best days of my three-week trip in Britain occurred when I drove from Windermere to Muncaster Castle across the Hardknot Pass. This drive is not for those who easily scare or may be worried because of narrow roads, tight turns, of very steep ascents and descents. While I live in quite flat South Florida the drive did not worry me until...
I soon realized most of the road, approximately 18 miles was truly a single lane road used for two-way traffic. There were a few places to pull over, while there were also many places that allowed no room for error, being quite close to the edge of the road with only the hill and valley below you. This was not a problem as people looked ahead and watched for oncoming vehicles.
We were awarded with breathtaking vistas of lush green mountains, beautiful valleys, lakes, and flowing rivers. There are sheep almost everywhere, sometimes in the road. We even had the good fortune to watch sheep herded by border collies.
When we made it to Hardknot Pass, the summit, we walked up a 30 foot mound and enjoyed a wonderful panoramic view of miles around. Sitting there and taking in the beauty made the drive worthwhile. It was not the easiest day of our trip, but it is one we will always remember.
For more information on the Lake District http://www.lake-district.gov.uk/
If you would like to see links for all the places I visited http://www.netrox.net/~labush/EngTrip.htm
From journal Lake District National Park And Hardknot Pass, Eng