Departing the Lake District, we headed over to the M6, turning south towards our next destination, Henley-on-Thames, home of the world famous Henley Regatta. Unfortunately the regatta was early July and we were visiting in August. During our 2 days in Henley, we planned to visit Windsor Castle & Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was signed, and take a cruise along the River Thames.
Similar to the previous week in Yorkshire, the weather for our week in the Lake District can best be described as dreadful. This somewhat limited our activities, so this post will cover a number of our trips. In addition to touring the Lake District, we also planned a trip down to Barrow-in-Furness, which is where SS Oriana was built. Oriana was the ship we first met, when Judi was a passenger and I was a lowly cadet.
We arrived in Bowness-on-Windermere on a Saturday, spending the Sunday wandering through the town for a few hours, checking out the harbour, shops, cafes, bakery and possibly even the ice cream shop.
On the Monday, the forecast was early overcast, changing to sunny periods, which we thought was the perfect weather to spend a day exploring Lake Windermere, which at 10.5 miles is the longest lake in the Lake District. What better way to see the lake than spend a day with Windermere Lake Cruises, with Bowness being their major terminal.
After an excellent, but rather soggy week in Yorkshire’s two National Parks, we crossed the Pennines and headed to the Lake District National Park, in Cumbria. Having previously visited the Lake District, for a few days back in 1980, we correctly anticipated some rain.
We planned to stay a week and with no timeshare exchanges available, we found Virginia Cottage, an excellent Guest House/B&B in Bowness-on-Windermere.
This is the final installment of our week in Yorkshire. On our final day, the forecast was early morning overcast skies, followed by afternoon sunny periods. With some blue sky on the horizon, we decided to return to the coast, but where to visit?
Our old neighbours, who came from Scarborough, had suggested visiting their home town, when we had lunch before departing for UK. Scarborough is another of Yorkshire’s coastal towns, and we never need too much encouragement to visit the ocean. So Scarborough, about 20 miles south of Whitby, was our preferred final destination in Yorkshire.
White rose country (Yorkshire), with its 2 National Parks on either side of the A1(M), was one of the eagerly awaited highlights of our 5 months in UK. We planned a day visiting the moors, then a couple of days in the larger Dales. For the blog, I anticipated creating a post for each area, with loads of photos expounding the sheer natural beauty of both these areas. Regrettably, mother nature intervened, with conditions not conducive to photography. In fact, the day we toured the moors, visibility was measured in mere yards and in the Dales we experienced a torrential downpour causing extensive flooding in many areas. Continue reading
During our week in Yorkshire, while the weather forecast was consistent, sadly it called for daily rain. On day 3, the forecast comprised early morning rain, followed by mixed overcast and sunny periods. Since Whitby is about 50 miles, or over an hour drive from our condo in Thirsk, we hoped the rain would quit by the time we reached Whitby. Well, we didn’t see any sun, but at least it didn’t rain.
After about a month in St Andrews staying with my dad, we set off for our next adventure about the middle of July. On our last trip around England we mostly stayed in B&B’s, but this trip was mostly timeshares, supplemented with a couple of B&B’s. The schedule included Manchester, Yorkshire, Lake District, Henley-on-Thames, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. We were due back in St Andrews by Aug 24th, as we had Edinburgh Tattoo tickets on the 26th.