Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Holiday Cottages Cumbria

Holiday Cottages Cumbria

Yesterday we set off from our Holiday Cottages Cumbria to Tilberthwaite to do a 5 mile walk with the kids. We have lived in the lakes for 9 years and this is really the first time that they have been old enough to really enjoy what the lake shave to offer.

The weather was superb. The north of England has really benefited from the best of the weather this bank holiday.

We visited the Cathedral on our walk. This area of The Lake District is renowned for its disused slate mines. Started by the Romans and worked until only 50 years ago these mines provided the majority of the slate for the roofs of the newly built factories of the Industrial revolution.

The landscape is dramatically altered by the effect of these workings as the miners left behind vast quantities of waste slate and stone. These 'pour' down the fells into the valleys below and produce some interesting views. Not all of it is particularly attractive, but interesting anyway.

The Cathedral, on the left, is dramatic and huge. Reached by a short tunnel, about 6 feet tall, hewn by the miners out of the rock, this is a great stop on the walk for children to explore. But they must be careful as the water at the back is deep.

The walk is a cirular walk, without re-tracing your steps. It is facinating, involves a walk up a small fell and incotporates lots of old mine workings and even apub on the way fro refreshments.

We were staying at these Holiday Cottages Cumbria and it took us about 40 minutes to drive via Windermere and Ambleside to just a mile and a half north of Coniston.