North England and the Lakes

Durham Travel Blog

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Yesterday Josie and I took the bus down to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. We hung out in the city centre for about an hour and a half. Newcastle has a cute Chinatown with one street stretching out with many restaurants and Asian mini-marts. It was really busy, lots of people out doing shopping! After we waited for the next train to Durham and stayed there for another hour. We walked up to the cathedral and had a look inside. There was a church choir practicing which I haven't heard before.

Later we met up with Josie's family friends Jackie and Stuart and they drove us to their home in Crook. They were very nice,we got along well and we met some neighbours too!

Today we set off to the Lake District which was a lovely drive from Crook in the rain! Luckily it cleared up for 20 minutes when we arrived in a small town called Grasmere. We had a nice lunch there and walked around the town. I've never seen so many people dressed up in their hiking outfits all ready to march up the hills! We saw the lake and it finally stopped raining for a bit.

We headed back to the car and went on the mission to the next destination only to be going in the exact wrong direction! We drove through Keswick and then east deciding to see the Lake Ullswater. That was hard to find too and the sat-nav was telling Stuart to go the wrong way. Eventually we made it to a town called Pooley Bridge at the top of the Lake. After a walk around there we had a drink in the pub there! On the journey home we saw several castles and we stopped to see Raby Castle.

Once back in Crook we had some drinks and Jackie made Thai green chicken curry and red prawn curry, beautiful!
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