England – York & the Lake district
|11th of August - York|
|11 - 13th of August - Bay brown farm campsite|
Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9JZ, Royaume-Uni
|12th of August - Walk from the campsite|
|13th of August - Walk in the mountain|
11th of august:
It was our last breakfast in London and we enjoyed it with Emily in a nearby café that served Nutella Croissants and, after buying an english sim card with an internet connection and heartfelt words of good bye, went our way.
Leaving London towards the North was more chaotic than anticipated and it took 40 minutes (thank you google maps ;)) before we were on the M1 with the fuel tank full. After calling and being told that the camping we wanted in York was full, we devised the crazy plan of driving all the way to York, doing a quick walk around the city centre and then leave for the Lake District where the campsite was open until 10 p.m. I say crazy because this involved a lot of driving and only Anne was driving. Fortunately the last part of the road had plenty of vistas to keep the driver awake.
York’s city centre is quite interesting with plenty of (paying) attractions and York Minster’s architecture did not disappoint.
We left towards the L.D. At 6 and the drive offered some incredible views as the sun was setting. We finally pitched the tent in the twilight and under light rain before going to bed, exhausted.
12 of August :
Having come completely unprepared I bought a map suggesting 3 easy walks starting from the campsite and we walked around Elter Walter, a small lake next to the campsite. The weather was… british and we had alternating rays of sunshine that seemed magical in between light showers. This weather was good as it never got too cold, too wet or too hot and allowed us to appreciate the breathtaking beauty of our surrondings.
Just before noon we came accross a Tea Garden, where tea, chocolate and scones we cheap and the garden very well kept with a lovely view. Later on, we saw small but impressive waterfalls a plenty . Finally we stopped for a late lunch at 3 p.m. In a pub (The Brittania) where we found another couple that had also stopped in the tea garden and that asked us if all we did was eat :).
As we got back to our tent we slept until it was time to go to the pub (The Wainwrights Inn). We needed to charge my phone and get some internet to plan to next days (we also didn’t have much food left…).
13th of August :
As the weather forcast was favorable, we deciced on a more challenging walk : Crinkle Crags. Just the name (though I don’t know what it means) is pretty cool : 8 miles long, mostly going up or down. The walk also had the potential of having some views over Scafell Pike, England highest point (at 978m…). We set off after buying provisions from the local co-op, where we also found a waterproof map of the walk… which we dearly needed.
The weather was british again but with more of the sunny bits. As soon as we started to walk up, the views over the other mountains, the valley and patches of sunlight moving across all that kept us gawking for the whole walk.
In the end I didn’t get to see Scafell Pike but no regrets, I got plenty of what I came to see !
For dinner I decided to heat up some soup under the rain and in the wind and had a little thought for Ba, who apparently used to do that while camping (though mysoups weren’t Heinz but M&S).