Friday 3 September 2010

The South Western Lake District

There is such a lot to see and do in this southern-most part of the Lake District, without going anywhere near the busier places. Walking the Cumbrian Heritage Coast, starting at St Bees (now in the ownership of the National Trust) has to come near the top of the list.  Sadly, motorhomes are forbidden to park in the large open car park at St Bees: Thank you Local Authority, most welcoming. The cliff-top walk is gently undulating and not too taxing after a rather steep initial climb, but the breathtaking views from the path are well worth the effort.

The nearest lake to Newbiggin Farm is Wastwater, 11 miles away. This journey is not to be recommended in a large motorhome.  However, there were some brave souls attempting the drive round the narrow roads of the shore. We visited in our friends' four wheel drive vehicle, leaving the motorhome safely parked up on the site. Wast Water is the smallest but deepest lake in the Lake District and is described in the guide books as "bleakly beautiful". Hard to tell on the day we visited as the mist and heavy rain prevented much viewing of anything other than condensation on the inside of the Mitsubishi.

Must just mention at this point the National Trust campsite at the head of Wastwater.  Didn't get chance to explore due to torrential rain but given its stunning location, this has to be one of most picturesque campsites in the Lake District. 

Back at Waberthwaite, it's worth persevering with opening times to visit the village shop Richard Woodhall.  This is a truely old-fashioned, genuine village store and Post Office stocking fresh fruit and vegetables, essential provisions, newpapers and magazines and traditionally cured bacon, ham and other meats.  Well worth calling in just before leaving to stock up on stuff to take home.

Also worth a visit is the coastal village of Ravenglass,about 3 miles from the site, but not really cycleable due to some very steep hills and not really walkable due to narrow roads and few footpaths.  The Eskdale and Ravenglass Steam Railway may be running steam trains if you are lucky, and this is a picturesque and historic journey through some stunning scenery.   

There is so much more to do in this area that you could keep yourself more than occupied for many happy days exploring, but for now, we had to sadly leave to return back home. 

Above image : Wastwater, Lake District.
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Anonymous milddays said...

may be you want to get some tips for camping......

25 September 2010 at 16:31  

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