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The Lake District and The Cotswolds

Written on: Tuesday August 27th, 2013

A journal entry from: Europe 2013

As we had sort of become used to rainy, blustery weather while in Scotland we decided to head 300km south to the Lake District of England. This is the home of the UK's tallest mountains the tallest of which, Scafell Pike, reaches up to nearly 1000 meters. As expected it was a little on the chilly side but the scenery was fantastic. Apart from the mountains there are cute little lakes and villages with Canadian sounding names like Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness. The English Lake Windermere only resembles its Canadian counterpart in the fact that it contains water. The most notable and pleasing difference is that the English lake has no speedboats, only kayaks, rowboats and lake steamers. This whole area is very lush and green and with its pubs, inns and cutsey little villages, very pleasing to the eye. The effect of the situation, however, was somewhat ruined by the fact that our visit straddled a bank holiday which sees an enormous number of visitors flocking to the Lake District. Nevertheless we did manage to find a campsite at the end of Langdale valley with access to some of the tallest pikes (peaks) in the area all of which are easily climbable in good weather. Not really fleeing the crowds at all we next headed another 300km south to an area called the Cotswalds. There we encountered a beautiful landscape filled with lovely honey-coloured mansions and villages and zillions more visitors. However, with the help of a good map we were able to cycle very quiet country roads in circuits that took us through many villages with quaint sounding names such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping  Camden and Lower Slaughter. As a bonus we are once again enjoying summer weather with temperatures in the high 20s.



From Marilyn & Wayne on Aug 27th, 2013

We have some excellent memories of the Cotswalds from 2010...our base was Blenheim Cottage in Oddington