Tuesday, January 6, 2009


I started making plans for a trip to the Lake District as a means of battling the dark days of a running injury. My training for Boston is a bit stalled, to say the least, and I'll be happy if I can just slowly jog those 26 miles in April as part of the DFMC team. But hiking and walking seems to feel okay at this point in time. I've heard wonderful things about the Lake District - home of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. I LOVED the Renee Zellweger movie, Miss Potter, and boy, she did A LOT more than just paint bunnies. Wordsworth described the Lake District as "The loveliest spot that man hath every found."

The trip begins and ends in Windermere (south part of the Lake District).

Here is the itenary
Day 1: Travel to Windermere where your first nights accommodation has been booked.
Day 2: Windermere to Grasmere. 10 ½ miles (17 km).

(This is a picture of Dove Cottage in Grasmere, Wordsworth's home)
Day 3: Grasmere to Coniston. 12 miles (19 km)
Day 4: Coniston to Windermere. 9 ½ miles (15 km)
Day 5: Depart from Windermere after breakfast

Mileage is a piece of cake! And I like the self-guided aspect of the tour as I'd go crazy in a bigger group with amblers! Independence and Adventure - what a great combination!

And here is what is included:
4 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouse

  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer along the trail
  • A set of maps with the route marked on and route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, detailed instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency Assistance ( I guess that is a good thing considering I've got a horrible sense of direction!)

All this beauty and adventure can be YOURS for a cost of 250 Pounds - that's only $372 American Dollars - not bad at all! Okay, so I'm sure the accomodations aren't exactly 5 star hotels, but with these types of views....sounds like a trip of a lifetime!

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