Short stay in Cumbria

After visiting Cathy’s garden, the next day I drove another two and a half hours to visit a friend from school days who lives in Cumbria.

The weather had turned cloudy. On the first afternoon we walked at Leighton Moss and the next day walked along a nearby canal.

The decommissioned canal is now a haven for wildlife and a fun feature to have at the end of the garden.

Not quite sure of the purpose of this stone construction, which was at the top of the bank going up to the canal.

but obviously I enjoyed finding this little collection outside a farm gate

and I have a soft spot for old, rural post boxes (I wonder how long they will be in operation for)

and roadside plant stands

Then we walked along an estuary and up through the woods to get a view of the hills and mountains of the Lake District, which were just peeping through the November skies

A happy time reconnecting with an old friend and seeing a very different landscape.

Next day I was off to Harrogate to the Knitting and Stitching Show!

I am very excited about telling you all about it – it was FANTASTIC!


17 responses to “Short stay in Cumbria

  1. I agree with it being a squeeze stile. Very ancient and neglected. Totally in love with the stone animals. How fun are they all merging in. πŸ˜„

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  2. Going Batty in Wales

    I love the idea of having a canal at the bottom of the garden! A decommissioned one is perfect because there are no boats going up and down making noise. You saw some lovely things on your walks – thanks for sharing.

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  3. Loved seeing all those countryside photographs. You do seem to be having a wonderful and varied trip.

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  4. You’re getting around without a crutch – as my Mum would say – and seeing some lovely places on the way. I haven’t been to the Lake District in years but probably sensible to go outside of tourist season.
    Looking forward to hearing about the Harrogate show. My in-laws live in Harrogate so it would be a good place to stopover and visit the show – on the other hand, maybe not. πŸ˜‰

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    • HaHa! Great saying!
      I have only driven through the Lake District and the weather was too cloudy this time to be worth the drive from where I was staying – so it is STILL on my list.
      Harrogate is a lovely place – such a nice friendly atmosphere, well worth a stopover. πŸ™‚

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  5. What a fascinating road trip you’ve had, Sandra! I’m charmed by the things you’ve found as we’ve not quite reached the stage of leaving things be. Too often there’s a bulldozer in to flatten everything in sight, which does not an intriguing forgotten landmark leave. πŸ˜”

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  6. I do believe that stone structure is the stone equivalent of a stile: it’s wide enough for a human to pass through, but not a cow or sheep, so it might stop livestock getting down to the edge of the water. I’ve seen something very similar in dry stone walls in Yorkshire. But I’m prepared to be corrected if someone has a better idea!

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    • I sort of thought the same but didn’t really think it would stop a sheep, and definitely not a lamb – it would need a fairly substantial wall or hedge next to it as well, wouldn’t it.
      I kept sheep once upon a time and they were always getting trapped in awkward places, I can just imagine one wedged in this tempting opening trying to get to a tasty nibble on the other side.


  7. I love your canal walk and all the things you spotted along the way.

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