UK road trip – Cumbria and Stockton

jetty, lake windemere
jetty, derwent water

We used to go on a walking trip to the Lake District at least once a year, sometimes twice. We’d usually go in May, planning to complete a ‘big walk’, and we’d start training for it from the New Year onwards. So, we were determined to fit in a couple of days in Cumbria as part of our recent trip to the UK.

As anyone who has visited the Lake District will know, the weather can be unpredictable. We weren’t entirely surprised, therefore, when we woke to grey skies and drizzle. Undaunted, we put on our waterproofs and set off from our Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Grange (Borrowdale) to walk along Derwent Water towards Keswick.

It was actually very atmospheric walking alongside the water in the mist.


However, I won’t pretend that I wasn’t very pleased when the sun came out in the afternoon! We had been thinking about climbing Cat Bells and returning along the ridge, but my cold had really taken hold by this point, and I wasn’t feeling that great. So, we decided to walk back along a lower terrace. We still got some stunning views.


By the time we got back to Grange, it was a beautiful sunny evening. Here are some views of Bybeck, which is where we stayed (and which comes highly recommended, especially the drop scones). As you can see, it’s in a lovely setting, with the bedrooms looking over the double bridges into the village, and Maiden Moor looming behind the house.

Just time for a quick shopping trip to Keswick the next morning, where I hit the wonderful Oxfam shop, and hit it hard, then it was off to stay with friends in Stockton on Tees. Unaccountably, I don’t have any photos, but we enjoyed a sunny stroll around Ropner Park, and the excellent hospitality of our friends Lesley and Paul. They were coincidentally, and very fortuitously, just back from a trip to the Champagne area of France, complete with samples of regional produce.

A quick trip to Sainsbury’s to stock up on some of the things we can’t get easily in France (Christmas Pudding, mincemeat, mushy peas, Tunnocks Caramel Wafters etc), and that was our trip done. A bit of a whirlwind, but very enjoyable. Here’s to the next one!


3 thoughts on “UK road trip – Cumbria and Stockton

  1. We, too love the Lake District … in fact we often comment that there are similarities between Auvergne and the Lakes. I am amused by your shopping list …. on mine is Golden Syrop which I would never have predicted I would miss and Oxfam is another big miss here … how I wish we had charity shops here!

  2. Golden syrup would have been on my list, but some friends brought two tins over for us this summer! I miss charity shops so much. I buy stuff from eBay, but nothing beats having a really good rummage in a shop and finding something splendid.

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