Sunday, 11 October 2015

Cumbria

We've just got back from a weeks holiday in beautiful Cumbria. It was our first try out of the caravan that we bought off Ebay in the summer and it towed well and was good to live in and comfy to sleep in.


We left home at Silly-O'clock!
  We stayed on a small 5 van campsite ( like out own - but not as nice!) in Ulverstone, down on the south of the county and had trips out around the coast as far as Ravenglass and to several places in the South Lakes.
The weather wasn't good, often threatening rain so we didn't get to do much walking. This is our 4th visit to The Lakes and there are still so many other interesting places to visit  that we will go again.

Walked up a hill over-looking Ulverstone. The water is Morecombe Bay

Saw the original  Amazon in The Ruskin Museum in Coniston
And The Steam Gondola On Coniston Water - and below the mist or low cloud rolling over the fells


 The Dock Museum at Barrow-in Furness was brilliant ( and free) Loads of history of shipbuilding but I was more interested in the social history of the dock workers and owners. So no photos of ships just pics of house interiors.


Not a good photo of kite surfers off the coast as I forgot to take my big camera that day
 We had a look at The Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow gauge preserved steam railway
Here's Col having a close look!
 It's almost obligatory when in the lake District to visit Hill Top - The Farm that belonged to Beatrix Potter



We searched for Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggywinkle in the garden, but they were hiding!

 My Favourite place was Townend . A farm that had been in the same ownership for 400 years. No photos allowed inside which is full of all the original features from the last owners. The farm never had running water or electricity, and was given to The National Trust in 1948. Amazingly this small farmhouse has the third largest collection of books of any NT property. Pictures from the internet HERE 
I could have spent ages here but they were running 1 hour tours so we  would have had to have waited until after the last tour to have another look round.


 If you've got children then Wray castle on the western shore of Lake Windermere is a wonderful place to visit. As far removed from the usual national Trust property as you could possibly get, it is full of surprises for children of all ages.See more here



Wray Castle- A Victorian house built to look like a medieval castle
That's our holiday in pictures but what I've not got photos of is the lovely colours of the trees up there. Autumn is a beautiful time to visit, although we were surprised how busy it was especially on the narrow winding roads - it must be hell getting about in the middle of the summer season.

  It was a good test for the caravan. We've got a list of things we need to take with us next time and some things that we don't need to take. There are one or two small jobs to do - like adding some hooks and making sure the water pipe to the washbasin doesn't become un-connected again- turning all the towels in the cupboard below into a soggy heap!

The books I read while on holiday have been added to my Books Read 2015 page. I can really recommend  Love and War in the WRNS by Vicki Unwin which is a book full of letters from a young girl who joined up at age 21 to her mother and father.

A warm welcome to Katia and Lee Ann and thank you to everyone for Mango Chutney comments.

Now I had better get some washing and caravan sorting done so that we can go away again later in the month!

Back Soon
Sue

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    1. Sorry, my fingers hit some wrong keys. When DS was at Cumbria University we used to stay a week up there in a rented house. Always enjoyed tootling about. Very, very crowded in summer.

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    2. We were surprised how busy it was in some places - like Bowness and Windermere yet beautifully quiet in others. Summer must be just one continuous stream of traffic around the lakes

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  2. Oh gosh your pics make me want to go........have a sister in Cumbria in Hunstanton. It's such a lovely county and choc a block full of interesting things. Much more interesting than my own county of Oxfordshire which I think is boring! And I love your pics of the interiors - that's what always interests me too!

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    1. We've never been to Oxford so it's on my list of places to visit!

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    2. Isn't Hunstanton in Norfolk?

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  3. Sounds idyllic, a wonderful break away does you the power of good. Its nice that museums are free, making it accessible to everyone.

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    1. Some museums are quite expensive so it was good to find one free

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  4. I'm glad you had such a lovely time. Townend is quite a treat isn't it? I went to Wray castle during the summer and had a picnic by the waters edge. The views are stunning on a good day. A great test for your caravan. X

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    1. Too chilly and damp for picnics at Wray when we were there, but very interesting to hear about the history of the place and the NT ideas for appealing to younger visitors. LOVED Townend wish we could have took photos.

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  5. I coulda waved at you from across the bay! Plus I bet you passed my HG a few times on your way as he always works up there! Never been to Wray castle though

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    1. Wray castle is so good for children - dressing up clothes, drawing, building things.... allsorts. If it had been open when our lot were small and we camped at Grizedale we would have had a problem dragging them away!

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  6. Have you read Nella Lasts Diaries? She lived in Barrow and her diaries start as Second World War starts. She wrote for herself and also Massobservation.. I have all of them and re-read them all the time. Reading them will make going to Cumbria have a whole new aspect.

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    1. Yes, I love her diaries. The kite surfers are off Walney island ( which adjoins Barrow )where Nella used to go for days out We didn't see much of the actual town as we were heading to the museum

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  7. I have a retired friend who lives in Windermere and several days a week as a volunteer he plays the grand piano in Townend - just for the pleasure of it. Was he there when you were?

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    1. I'm sure there was no grand piano at Townend? Or if there was we didn't see it! It is a very old farmhouse with small rooms, low doors. I think impossible to get a piano in. The furniture is all Victorian, heavily carved by the Victorian owner. No lights etc. Wonderful house caught in time

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  8. Hi Sue, do you have a contact email address? I would like to tell you about The Suffolk Cook Book which is set to be released soon! Regards, Kerre.

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    1. I really don't need to know about The Suffolk Cook Book - Thanks anyway!

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  9. It looks lovely. It's on my to do list.

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    1. We still have several other places to visit in Cumbria

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  10. wonderful photos! Looks lovely

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  11. Oh how I want to visit the UK!

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    1. Do come and visit, you will be welcome.

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  12. My favourite places, ever. We used to live in Ulverston, that's where I had my shop, and me and Lovely Hubby used to walk his dog round the Dock Museum walks when we first met. Lots of happy memories tied up in that area.

    And yes it's busy in Bowness and surrounding areas all year round, I used to manage a couple of shops there.

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    1. Loads of building work and road works going on in Ulverston, the small campsite was down a tiny road not far from the estuary, through an industrial estate.

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  13. Beautiful photos , Always wanted a tourer as its a very frugal way of holidaying after the initial expense xxx

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    1. We were so lucky to get this caravan off Ebay a real bargain, and although some campsites are now quite expensive it's still cheaper than renting a cottage

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  14. Wow! You certainly packed a lot in, it sounds like you had a wonderful time. I've never been to the Lake District even though it isn't that far away from here, I really should make more of an effort to get there. I'd love to visit Hill Top and Townend sounds fascinating. I think the world's your oyster now you've got the caravan.

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  15. Sorry the weather wasn't playing so nice, but it looks like you didn't let it put a damper on things and had a good visit. Thanks for sharing some of the spectacular scenery and things to do.

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  16. Looks lovely and you went to some lovely places. will note some for our next visit - we enjoyed a short week there a few years ago.

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  18. What a lovely holiday, but a shame you didn't have a bit more sunshine. That last house (Townend)I think I have read about/seen on tv and would love to visit it (and move in!!)

    I hope you get to visit the Lake District again soon.

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  19. I loved visiting Hill Top, it was a long time ago now, but the garden was just lovely.
    I like the other NT places you went too, so much history and social history is just so fascinating.
    Lisa x

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