We went to the Lake District (UK) near Lake Windemere for weekend break. Here are a few pictures from the trip, along with information about some things to see and do in the area!
1. We arrived late evening, just in time to set up the tents before dark. The camp site had outside power supply hookup points, so we could run a light, charge our phones and even run an electric heater inside the tent! We definitely needed that because it was very cold outside, especially when all you have is a sleeping bag!
2. Waking up the next morning, the weather is beautiful and the moon is still in sky! The weather in the Lake District is often freezing cold and raining, but we were lucky today!
3. Time for breakfast which we cooked on a fire pit, adapted into a BBQ. And there’s no better way to start the day than nicely burned bacon and sausage sandwiches.
4. The weather is beautiful today
5. We took a long bike ride around Lake Windemere to this clearing where we stopped to have lunch.
6. Then we returned to Windemere itself and fed the geese, ducks and swans.
7. Sunset on Lake Windemere
8. We took a long drive down pitch black country roads to get to Honister slate mine. This mine has an amazing history and our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable. Their website is http://www.honister.com/ and I would thoroughly reccommend anybody taking a tour there. The mine is incredibly creepy – it is TOTAL darkness inside, but the rocks themselves make their own noises. Being underground is one of the few ways for people to actually experience total darkness, and it has very strange effects on your body. Your eyes are constantly active, looking for anything to focus on, but finding nothing. Your ears become hyper-alert and my heart rate definitely increased. Our guide told us stories about people who have been trapped or lost inside the mine and how they can actually go crazy from the sensory deprivation. The engraving in the rock below says “welcome to Hell”…
9. Descending down into the depths of the mine
10. Back to the campsite. We ran out of charcoals so we decided to try and cook steaks over burning wood instead. The dripping fat and smoking wood made a LOT of sparks and smoke.
11. The results were brilliant though. Beautifully charred steak with a crispy outside, but still pink and tender inside.
12. Late at night. Time to sit outside the tents with a few beers in front of the fire!
13. And this is the view we had. Absolutely beautiful!