Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday 26th August 2010 Last Day in the Lakes, wrynose and hardknott

As it was the last day of the holiday here, we dropped in at the Grasmere Gingerbread shop for a last order, only to find we were too early and it hadn't opened!
Then off to Wrynose Pass, with the intention intitially of having a coffee (and Gingerbread) at the top, and this is where we parked, looking East

This is the valley between the passes known as Wrynose Bottom, we considered turning left at the end into the Duddon Valley, and back down via Torver, but..

Once I saw Hard Knott pass in the distance, as always I just had to drive over it one more time!
I have been over this pass in some weird and wonderful vehicles, which include a Reliant, Mini, 1800 Mark2, and of course all sorts of motor cycles ranging from a Honda 50cc C100 (to the great surprise of the rest of the scooter club who watched expecting me not to make it!) to a 600cc M20 BSA, and of course several cars.
It is always an experience not to miss!
Over the top of Hard Knott and you can see the rectangular ramparts of the Roman Fort, I'll bet it wasn't a popular posting!
Heres a shot Pat took as we make our way down, you can see the coast in the distance
And another of pats images as a car churns away to get to the summit
We were a little early for lunch so we had a quick last visit to Wast Water, the lighting was really good
Then to Gosforth to the Lakeland cafe where Pat had a very nice fish pie, and I had a crab salad, we made our way back to Winlatter pass and had the amusing experience of arriving at Lorton to find that the bridge had been remove for repair (even though there were now warning notices!) so we had a detour of several miles along very narrow roads.
Then got back to the main road and stopped for an ice cream and this view of Satterthwaite.
From here we by-passed Keswick and returned to Grasmere and finally obtained our order of Gingerbread!

After tea we started tidying round for the following mornings tow to Bedale and I went for a last evening walk on the lake shore
It was a fitting end to the holiday, even though the midges had me for supper!

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