Thursday December 18, 2014
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We just spent a wonderful week in England's Lake District with our friends, the Jacksons, from Salford near Manchester. Our base was Pine Lake, a time-share resort near Carnforth in Lancashire. The Jacksons were kind enough to share one of their weeks with us and to act as our guides in touring the region - and what beautiful region it is! I can only briefly highlight all that we saw and did.
On Sunday we took a loop that included stops in Arnside (a beautiful seaside town) on Morecambe Bay (Irish Sea); Silverdale (where we visited the Pepperpot - a monument to Queen Victoria at her Silver Jubilee in 1887) and Warton (George Washinton's ancestral home.)
Monday we drove to Lakeside in Cumbria and on the southern tip of Lake Windermere boarded a boat and cruised to Bowness - home of the "World of Beatrix Potter" attraction (really fun!)and walked through the delightful village before cruising home.
On Tuesday we visited a medieval castle called Sizergh and then in the evening drove down to Salford to see the Jackson's son, Robert, starring in a play "Pirates of Penzance" at his college. (He'll be studying acting in London beginning this fall.)
On Wednesday we crossed Lake Windermere on a ferry and visited HillTop (Beatrix Potter's home and the villages of Hawkshead and Ambleside. We visited sites associated with the poet William Wordsworth and author Charlotte Mason.
On Thursday we took a train from the historic Carforth train station to Ravenglass, where we boarded a miniature train (formerly a mining train) to Eskdale in the georgeous Lake District. The large train followed the coast of the Sea and the small train followed a wonderful valley. Both were quite interesting and beautiful.
Friday we began with a trip to Kendal. On our way to the famous 1657 Chocolate House we saw Kendal Castle and a "burner" on top of a high hill used as part of a ancient communication system to warn of the coming of the Spanish Armada. At the Chocolate House we ate a fabulous piece of chocolate cake a had a chocolate drink. They were great! We celebrated our last night a Pine Lake with a wonderful dinner at the Silverdale Hotel with the Jacksons. After dinner we walked down to the shore of Morecambe Bay and walked a bit through the village.
This morning before checking out at Pine Lake the kids enjoyed one last trip to the pool and feeding the ducks, swans and geese at the lake.
Tonight we will stay at the Travel Inn in Salford and will attend church with the Jacksons tomorrow before heading towards Abingdon and Oxford on Monday for the last two weeks of our trip. It was a wonderful week in the North of England.
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