The yorkshire dales national park and the Lakes district

I had left my bright orange RAC brolly on the train the previous day, and as I think it is a “lucky” umbrella it was worth the effort to retrieve it.

The short trip to Grosmont generated the information that all lost and found was handled at the Pickering end, so after a quick back track to the hotel, as I hadn’t actually paid before I left (not as bad as it sounds as I had left my card details).


From Lealholm I directed my GPS Zumo to Pickering to retrieve the brolly. This way naturally lead over the mores and lots of narrow back roads.


It was then a transport stage through Wensleydale (cracking cheese Grommit) to the lakes district. As it was a fine-ish weekend the bikes where out in force, both old and new, and so the narrow roads were a constant worry with car drivers who seemingly have no idea how wide there car is.

With the sun rapidly dropping I plumed for what I thought was the last hotel on the road, my destination being Glennridding on Ullswater.


I now know that there are five passes in the lakes district, Whinlatter, Kirkstone, Honister, Wrynose, and Hardnott in that order for difficulty.

I started out with Kirkstone.


The trades descriptions act should take the operators of Ullswater steamers to court, all the vessels are diesel !

Interesting though.



The next goal was the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, a two foot gauge miniature railway  that ran steamers. to get there it was back over Kirkstone pass, across the top of Windermere (tourist trap) and over Wrynose pass.


The next pass, the hardest, is hardnott pass.

Here it comes.



I have gopro videos of these passes, but need to edit them down a bit before sharing them.

More steam trains.


They had a fire in there shed just before easter, and the fire brigade used salt water to put it out, now this machinery is useless.


Back to Boot, the top station and as the weather was nice, a camp just up the road.


The next day it was along the coast to the last pass, the Honister pass.




With the weather forecast for fine until Friday, it was off to Scotland next.

~ by andygadget on June 20, 2013.

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