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England: Hiking in the Lake District

October 19, 2015

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We stayed four days in the Lake District and our time there was the best we spent in England.  Our accommodations were at Ashness Farm, a working farm that apparently dates from the 16th century and which is owned by the National Trust.

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It’s located well above Derentwater to the northwest of Keswick. The views were glorious.

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Every night the farmhouse glowed in the sunset light. During our late September visit the sun always shone with invariably warm temperatures.

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Best of all was the hiking. The English are inveterate hikers and they have fine-tuned the pastime to a science.  From Ashness Farm you can hike uphill to a higher lake a few miles distant, along a remote valley that still holds traces of original rain forest.

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Sections of this trail are mysteriously paved.  Locals suggested the National Trust as the builders but the work seems too labor-intensive for modern agencies. Could it have been the monks who once lived in the area?

hike2We found some interesting signs that the builders, whomever they were, took care to keep the environment intact. Here a stone props up the trunk of a dwarf cedar tree.

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The path wound through a beautiful valley.

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At last we arrived in the village outpost that once had been the abode of monks.

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Beside the village we found another lake, here a resting and picnic place for other hikers.

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It’s so rare in this day and age to find a little piece of heaven.

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