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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Interesting though.

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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.

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The next pass, the hardest, is hardnott pass.

Here it comes.

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

More steam trains.

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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.

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

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

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

~ by andygadget on June 20, 2013.

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