A July 2004 trip
to Lake District by Norman
Quote: Lake District National Park in Northwest England, near the Scottish border, is 880 square miles and a place of great beauty. This journal describes our drive, starting near Windermere across Hardknot Pass to Muncaster Castle.
Links and photos are provided.
Attraction | "Driving to Hardknot Pass"
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
Lake District National Park
Brockhole-Visitor Centre at A591
Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LJ
Cooper City, Florida