Backroads and Lakes Tour: England
This evening, I am reprising a day tour of N.W. England which mainly focused on rural landscapes and the English Lake District.
First. we departed our lodgings at Henshaw in Northumberland (near Vindolanda on Hadrian's Wall) and drove towards our first destination of Alston. This entailed narrow, single-track roads offering superb views of the local landscape. En-route we encountered:
- Grey squirrel.
- Pheasants many).
- Many sheep, including on road.
- Cattle (on road)
- A well-preserved prehistoric stone circle dating back about 5000 years. Unfortunately, subsequent research indicated this monument to be fake. The sharp, angular edges of the stones are a hint they have not been exposed to the vagaries of the British climate for 5000 years.
Next, we drove west towards our destination of the English Lake District through more stunning scenery, including a photo stop at Hartside Summit (1903 feet). We also passed a small shooting party ( guns and dogs) out for game birds.
Our first stop in the Lake District was Castlerigg Stone Circle, which dates from around 3000 BC and is of the oldest such monuments in Britain.
Video clip of Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick
Next, we drove through Ambleside to our destination of Coniston Water (lake) where we joined the 2.30 pm cruise on the historic Steam Yacht 'Gondola' which dates from 1859. This proved an enjoyable trip lasting 1 hour 45 mins in brilliant sunshine and afforded excellent views of Lakeland scenery.
Marine Steam Engine powering S.Y. 'Gondola'.,
At conclusion of the boat tour we returned to Ambleside, via characteristic narrow, winding roads and reached our lodgings about 5.00pm.Ambleside, Lake District, England