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Moolyn Walks Around the English Lake District: Photos of Spectacular Scenery and a Few Sheep

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Almost every other year we visit the English Lake District in June, staying in the village of Elterwater, located near Ambleside and Grasmere. Thanks to Travelnut and Nikki who advised me on posting digital photos, here are some pictures of this amazingly beautiful area plus a belated trip report: http://tinyurl.com/r9l3q

Elterwater is roughly equidistant from Manchester and Glasgow. We find it best to fly to Glasgow and head south if we’re arriving on a Saturday because everyone in England seems to drive north on the weekend whereas the Scots sensibly stay put. Besides, my cousin Alasdair lives in Dunoon near Glasgow and this is a good chance to see him and his family.

Our main lake district activity is walking. Walking in England is more hiking than strolling. We tend to choose routes without too much climbing, preferring distance to altitude. Although I invested in real hiking boots one year, I find that good solid walking shoes, or trainers in British, are perfectly adequate for our level of walking. Over the years we’ve learned to go right out in the morning to walk as long as it isn’t actually pouring. We take rain capes just in case but rarely need them. On rainy days we take our umbrellas and go to town. There’s always a market somewhere or interesting shops or houses or museums to wander through.

Last June, cousin Alastair picked us up at the Glasgow airport and drove us to his daughters’ modern flat near the Merchant city. He’s renovating another flat in an older building nearby so each girl will have her own place. Anna, the elder one has graduated from engineering and Eilidh, the younger one, is an architectural student. She drew up the plans for the renovation.

We walked around Glasgow Green for a while and visited a museum of everyday life in the People’s Palace before I crashed and needed a nap. Afterwards, we walked into the city, had lunch and spent time at the modern art museum. That evening we all had dinner together at Café Gandolfi in the Merchant City.

The next morning, pretty much by then recovered from our jet lag, we picked up our rental car and drove to Elterwater Hall, stopping at Booth's in Keswick for groceries en route. After unpacking we joined the other couples, all Brits, who share our week but in their own flats of course, catching up on each others news. One couple is from Surrey while the other two are from Penrith, further north in the lake district. All are avid walkers.

That first night we ate with the Surrey couple at our local, the Britannia Inn, which always appears on lists of best British pubs. It would probably be a great place to stay as well as to eat. http://www.britinn.co.uk/

Sunday was overcast but we headed out anyway, choosing one of the easier circular walks to break us in: from Elterwater Hall to Chapel Style then back through the main Langdale Leisure complex returning to Elterwater Hall before it started to rain.

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