BRITAIN FROM THE NORTH, PART II

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After a lovely time in Blackpool here we are in the Lake District, another step nearer to Scotland. We arrived in middle of the night (under an amazing starry sky) at youth hostel in Helvellyn (half way up a mountain). It’s just like the movie Withnail & I, the difference was our hostel looked much better than that old rotten house in the movie.

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The hostel we stayed is a little heaven on earth in terms of location. In the hostel’s backyard is a small tarn running down the mountainside – surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

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The next morning we cooked English breakfast very early in the morning and then set off for a big hike. Our mission was to walk to the frozen lake on the top of the mountain. How long did it take? Well, it took two and a half hours (not including the journey back!).

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The view at the top was very impressive – a beautiful lake and surrounded mountain views. It was also very chilly as the wind kept blowing, so we decided to have a sip of red wine to warm us up.

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After the hiking trip, in the afternoon, we went to Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick. The stone circle was constructed around 3200 BC (about 5,000 years ago).

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Then we set off to Keswick for a lunch. Kewsick is a small, quite town. We had some pub lunch – beef stew in huge Yorkshire Puddings – yum yum.

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Two days in the Lakes, now off to Scotland to see a monster.

To be continued …

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