The Lake District

The Lake District Travel Blog

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Last weekend we went up to the Lake District in the north of England. If you like rain, you would have had a great time, as it didn't stop pouring the whole time!
We stayed in a little village called Coniston, which is on one of the lakes, Coniston Water. Its a picture postcard tupe of place, with lots of stone houses, stone walls dividing the properties, an old church with a graveyard, and several of the Cumbrian mountains looming over the town. We planned to climb to the top of one of the mountains ("the old man of Coniston") but didn't count on the rain and didn't bring any rain gear or proper boots. The frustrating thing is that we have all that stuff but do you think either of us remembered to bring them? And its not like England isn't known for its rain!

The Lake District is a very popular destination in England, second only to London for the most visited area.
Hadrian's Wall
Most people stay in the main Lake District village, Windemere, but driving through it on the way to Coniston, we were glad we didn't. It was so busy with major traffic jams! Even on a horrid grey day, there were hordes of people coming to visit.

Instead of hiking, we decided to drive up to Hadrian's Wall, near the border with Scotland, since we weren't that far from it. This was built arond 100AD by the then Roman Emperor, Hadrian, in order to keep the Scots out of England. It traverses the entire width of the country. In its time it was 4 1/2 metres high, with small forts every 'Roman Mile' to keep watch. Today, only the foundations survive and it is a World Heritage listed site.
I remember seeing a TV show about it a few years ago, and it looked so wild, cold, grey, and very 'Northern England', The day we visited was also cold, grey, and windy so it really match the impression I had.
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Hadrians Wall
Hadrian's Wall
Hadrians Wall
Hadrian's Wall
Coniston Water
Coniston Water
Coniston
Coniston
The Lake District
photo by: Gulliver86