The invitation to attend the 40th wedding anniversary celebrations of two of our friends, who live just south of Carlisle, presented the opportunity to perhaps build a short break around the event.
We don't need much encouragement to get away, so an apartment was booked with Sally's Cottages of Keswick, http://www.sallyscottages.co.uk , packing completed, only a large soft bag necessary for this trip plus our picnic bag, and off we went.
Fortunate we are to have the Lake District on our doorstep, offering wonderful touring opportunities in perhaps one of the most beautiful areas of the UK.
The pictures tell the story.
This was taken in the car park at the 'Travellers Rest', in the shadow of Helm Crag (The Lion and the Lamb) at Grasmere.
At 'The Borrowdale Gates Hotel' http://borrowdale-gates.com in Borrowdale, where we stopped for some fluid sustenance!
Derwentwater, note the American taking a photograph of the car....or was it my wife!
Outside our apartment at Cocklakes Farm, just off the A66 Penrith-Keswick road. The fishing lake in the distance.
A shot of your hero fly fishing! Sadly the trout weren't hungry and I caught nothing. I had to hire the tackle as my rod wouldn't fit in the Morgan!
Outside the 'Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel' with Ullswater in the background....and no we did not stay there! Do you think we are made of money?.....it was just a good photo opportunity! http://www.sharrowbay.co.uk
Above Howtown on the southern shore of Ullswater, with the lake in the background.
Oh, what a joy touring in the Morgan, especially in country such as this!
Homeward bound, with Ullswater and Glenridding in the background. Very soon we would be in those clouds above the village as we climbed to the summit of Kirkstone Pass.
Headlights on in the murk, outside the 'Kirkstone Pass Inn', at 1500 feet above sea level the highest pub in Cumbria. "Who comes not hither ne'er shall know, how beautiful the world below"
Whoever penned those lines was absolutely correct. This was taken at the summit looking down the valley towards the northern shores of Windermere.