Someone stole the sun again – but it’s dry so we head off to do our 5 mile Eden valley walk. If the walk was 5 miles I’m an Irishman! More like 7 miles - not helped when we got lost at one point and had 2 head off towards the nearest village to get our bearings. But back to the walk – having changed into our walking boots we begin out walk, first taking the obligatory cow picture.
We walk alongside the river Eden for a while, the scenery is beautiful.
Wild life and wild flowers are in abundance.
We pass an old Gypsum mine to our right and a railway viaduct to our left.
We continue walking until we reach Lacy's caves These were carved out of the local sandstone by the landowner in the days when it was fashionable to have a romantic folly in the grounds.
We continue on our way, more river scenery, then through a field full of cows – eek! They are looking at me! It’s Ok they are ignoring me. We follow our map and the route markers – and soon after the markers disappear.
After a lengthy detour we are back on track, through St Michaels churchyard, across a field or two and finally we reach Long Meg and her daughters. This is the largest known stone circle in the UK. Meg aligns with sunset at the winter solstice – for a Capricorn moon, it seems fitting to stay a while and pay our respects to Meg and her daughters.
Finally, three hours later and we return to the car. In the village we find a flour mill. It has tea rooms serving organic vegetarian food. This is the nicest food we have eaten all week. I have homemade courgette flan, served with a mixture of home made salads and home baked breads.
After the feast we head of to Penrith – not much here really, we wander awhile and head back to Carlisle. It’s late afternoon and the sun is finally shining. Another visit to the Lush shop, a wander around, visit a couple of music stores have coffee and return to our hotel. By now we are knackered so it’s the usual evening routine – food, wine, lush, music and reading.
Last night we had planned a 5 mile walk along the Eden valley - but it's pissing down so we need a change of plan. After a shower and coffee we drive to Keswick. To anyone used to living in the flatlands of Suffolk the scenery seems pretty dramatic.
At Keswick we visit 'A Puzzling Place' This is an exhibition of optical illusions. I shook hands with myself, rubbed Mr A out of existence, shrank and grew and performed the remarkable gymnastic feat of standing at a 30 degree angle. When I had finished laughing, we got back in the car and headed off to Windermere.
By now it had stopped raining but it was cloudy and very humid. Made a mistake here in that we parked 1 and a half miles from the lake - but we had already paid for parking - so off we set for another walk. When we reached the lake we found we had probably picked the most over-commercialized part of the lake to visit - so we took a few photos and headed back to the car.
From here we headed to Kendal - Kendal still has some independent shops. I manage to buy a fantastic tunic, hand embroidered in Turkey. It’s black with white stitching - I may wear it at the AA's posh conference dinner this year. We wander around Kendal, through the old and New Shambles, in and out of shops, spending money ;-) Eventually we head back to our hotel, it's late afternoon and finally the sun comes out but I am now too knackered to do that five mile walk. So another meal and drink in the pub, then more Lush, music and reading