Ruth and friends continue their UK trek north to the Lakes.
By Ruth Richter
On Thursday, March 14th, we had a short drive of about 130 miles, almost entirely on “M” Roads (British terminology for freeways or interstates) driving from Wales to the Lake District. In the process we managed to skirt around Liverpool, missing the homes of the Beatles in the process, as well as bypassing Manchester, both big industrial cities that held little interest for us.
We did drive around a bit that afternoon mainly on a quest for a teapot that Marla had decided she wanted to purchase as a souvenir – the teapot is significant in England right now in that it quotes Winston Churchill with the saying, “Be Calm and Carry On” which he uttered during World War II. More on where the teapot was eventually found later!
Since it had been raining a lot the day before, the mountains called fells here were literally oozing water everywhere and there were marvelous waterfalls, small streams gushing down beside us and under the road, and it was simply beautiful. As we hit one of several hairpin curves, they were so sharp I couldn’t figure out how we could possibly make the tight turns. Multiple times there were some mighty gasps from the ladies in the backseat (not to say that I in the front seat wasn’t doing the same!), and Ken was beaming with excitement the whole time, but I suspect his heart was pounding too!This was definitely our most exciting day so far as well as a very memorable one! The Lake District which we didn’t begin to see to its fullest is truly a beautiful spot. It’s also very touristy so if you’re planning a trip to Great Britain, you might want to keep in mind that during the summer months traffic will be very heavy … but probably not over Hard Knott and Wry Nose Passes … which is a good thing since once again it’s basically a one-way road with two-lane traffic!