Sunday was AMAZING!

Hello blog fans!!

We had an AMAZING day yesterday.  We left the cottages at 8:00am and headed straight to Ambleside in the Lake District. When we got there we met up with Derek from Mountain Goat Tours, who drove us around for the rest of the day. That man can drive a minibus in places where a minibus has no right to be, and he did!

From Ambleside Derek took us through Greater Langdale and Lesser Langdale on our way to Wrynose Pass. Wrynose goes west from the Lakes toward the Irish Sea, reaching an elevation of 1,281 ft.

The view from the top of Wrynose pass, with Western students.
The view from the top of Wrynose pass, with Western students.
A panarama of the view from Wrynose, sadly lacking in Western Spirit.
A panorama of the view from Wrynose, sadly lacking in Western Spirit.

From the top of Wrynose we continued on to Hardknott pass.  Just west of the top of Hardknott (also 1,281 feet) is a Roman fort (always called Hardknott Fort) that was occupied by the fourth cohort of Dalmatians under Hadrian. The fort itself is incredible but it’s really the view that sells it.  However, I can’t imagine being posted there after being raised in Dalmatia on the Adriatic coast.  They must have done something wrong.

The view of Hardknott from the northwest.
The view of Hardknott from the northwest corner of the fort.

 

Looking from Hardknott fort to the west, toward Eskdale.
Looking from Hardknott fort to the west, toward Eskdale.

When we left Hardknott we went down to the coast to the see the remains of a bathhouse at Ravenglass.  It was the first time two of our students had seen the ocean (or at least the Irish see).  There isn’t a great deal to see at Ravenglass, but the remains of the bathhouse are standing very tall and are worth a quick stop.

 

A doorway at the Ravenglass bathhouse.
A doorway at the Ravenglass bathhouse with students for scale.
A doorway at the Ravenglass bathhouse with students for scale.
Nikki and Robin enjoying the view at Ravenglass.
Nikki and Rob enjoying the view at Ravenglass.

After a few minutes enjoying the view at Ravenglass we drove back over to the lakes.  It was a beautiful drive but pictures from the minibus don’t do it justice, so I leave it to your imagination.

Once we picked up our cars at Ambleside we headed back toward home, but we had one more stop.  Castlerigg is a stone circle from about 2000-2500 BCE.  It isn’t as big as some others, like Stonehenge or Avebury, but it’s in a beautiful spot.  It was the perfect cap to an amazing day.

The whole gang spread around the stone circle at Castlerigg.
The whole gang spread around the stone circle at Castlerigg.

 

I hope you are all doing well wherever you are.

More soon,

Alex

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