Monday, 15 September 2014

Day 8. York and end of holiday

Good evening from base camp, yes I'm home. After another hearty breakfast, they are all hearty at the YHA, I checked out of York Hostel at 9am and as I made my way down the drive to leave I spotted this fascinating fungi growing on the lawn near the entrance. Nature is wonderful. 
The hostel is close to the river, a mile out of the city. It's a lovely walk along the embankment track shared by cyclists and walkers. York has a comprehensive network of  tracks to encourage people to bike to work. The city was very busy for a Monday morning, still plenty of tourists about. The boats are getting ready for a days work.

I didn't want to spend time fighting my way through the crowds, so I decided to pop in and see the National Railway Museum before I caught the next bus. It's a smashing place, if you are in York go there, it's free, and fabulous. Look at this magnificent beast, now that is a beautiful sight. Sadly they don't make 'em like this any more.

Just the front bit of a Eurostar. I've never been on one.

This is inside a Japanese Bullet Train.

There is a big model train layout. 

Trolleys piled high with authentic luggage.

A peep into a couple of the carriages. They look very grand. I'd like to sit in there like Lady Muck, ha ha. 

Everything is sparkling clean and polished.

I was yet again confused by the bus stands at York, now which one was it that I came in on. At last I found it, and within a couple of minutes a bus arrived bound for Hull. Wonderful. 
On arrival at the bus station in Hull, I saw my local bus pulling out, missed it. Never mind they run every half an hour, not long to wait. The last ride was a ride from hell. a very small child never stopped screaming and crying the whole way. boy was I glad to get off. That was the only bus of the holiday which had a lady driver, nice to see a female behind the wheel.  
What did I do when I got home, went out into the garden and picked a whole lot of runner beans. Need to get them in the freezer. Then I dug up some spuds. It was lovely to have some fresh vegetables for my dinner tonight, I ain't half missed them. My digestive system will start working better now, can't have done it much good with all the junk I have been eating. Also a cooked breakfast, even though they filled me up each morning, is not good for a healthy body. 

My little family are pleased I am back. I'm looking forward to snuggling up in my own bed tonight. I'll do a costing for the holiday in a day or two, it must have been the cheapest one I've had for ages. 
I'll say goodnight, thanks for your company every day, I really do appreciate it. I have enjoyed reading your comments.
Toodle pip

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Day 7. Three buses to York

Hello campers, hi de hi. I've been sat on me bum all day, well almost, except for the waits in between buses. I did have a bimble and took a few pics. Not many tonight. So  my first ride of the day was from Kendal to Lancaster. I got the 9am bus to give me a good start. I knew I wouldn't reach home tonight but I wanted to get as far as I can. A quick pic of the river as I waited for the bus. Goodbye Kendal. No I didn't buy any of the famous Kendal Mint Cake, I tried some once, it was like mint flavoured sugar, I gave it a miss. 
 When I got to Lancaster I was hoping there would be something across to Skipton, no such luck. There was a bus to Preston in an hour, I didn't want to go that far south really, so I went to the rail station to see what trains were running from there. My thoughts were that if I got a train back to Hull at the same price it would cost me for a B & B, then I would do that. If I could get to Hull it is easy to get home from there. Couldn't understand the time tables and couldn't find the ticket office so I gave up on that one and went back to the bus station to get the Preston bus.

Took a few photo's of Lancaster Castle as I was going between bus and train stations.

I landed in Preston and checked the time tables to see where buses were going. There was a bus due to leave at 1pm for Burnley, that would take me a bit further. There was a bus to Clitheroe, also leaving at 1pm, not quite as far as Burnley, but taking me a bit further north if I wanted to get back into Yorkshire. I studied the time table again, now that looks promising. The bus to Clitheroe has a number change and carries further on to Skipton. Perfect, that will do nicely. 
As soon as I  got off at Skipton I again studied the time tables. It didn't look promising, I thought it would be the end of the line for me today. I went through all the time table boards again, just to check I hadn't missed anything. Then I found a bus on a Sunday timetable, going to York, via Harrogate. Amazing, just what I want. The only trouble was it didn't leave until 5.15pm and was due in York at around 7pm.  That would make it a late finish, but not to worry. I rang the Youth Hostel at York to ask if they had any availability. They had. 
So I had a couple of hours to kill in Skipton. Here are a few photo's. It was quite busy, the sun had brought people out again.  
The boat yard was busy.

This was a little converted tug moored up, serving ice cream and drinks. A novel idea I thought for a business.

I got back to the bus station in plenty of time and waited for the bus. This little fella came along with his owner. A middle aged lady in her walking gear, shorts and boots and a rucksack. I asked her what he had in his saddle bags, she said, sausages, he carries his own food. Doesn't he look cute. They got on the same bus as me and went all the way to York.

So, here I am at York Youth Hostel. Someone commented that there aren't any buses from Harrogate to York on a Sunday. Well I can confirm that there is one. The cost of my B & B tonight is £17. I am in a room with two other females, we have an en suite bathroom.

After breakfast I will walk into York city centre and get a bus to Hull, should be home by lunch time with a bit of luck. Catch you tomorrow. Toodle pip.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Day 6. Tootling around Kendal

Hello. Who are these two handsome chaps then. Well I haven't a clue what their names are, but they are twins, and they are doing John o Groats to Lands End on their bicycles. I met them at the Hostel last night, and again this morning. You meet such friendly people at hostels. Always someone to chat with. 
I checked out of the Hostel just before 9am. The men working on the ferry boats were polishing away getting their crafts ready for a busy day. The young lady in charge of the rowing boats was removing the security wire from them, and the lady from the coffee shop was setting out the tables and chairs outside her shop.

The number 555 bus arrived at 9.18am and took me to Kendal. It was a short walk from the Bus Station to Milnthorpe Road, and the Sundial Guest House. This was the first B & B I came across when I was checking the internet last night for somewhere to stay. I was lucky, the landlady rang me back with a 'yes'. A very reasonable price as well, £30 is a bargain. I dropped a few things off in my room to lighten my rucksack a bit, and went off walking.

It was a lovely sunny morning, perfect for a walk along the river.

I followed the river south to Prizet Farm where I turned off right through a couple of fields. There was a laminated sign pinned to a post next to the road, how lovely that there will be free fruit for everyone to share. A great community spirit exists here in this village.

The path took me through a few more fields, I walked through them quickly while keeping my eye on the cows grazing and snoozing in the sun. I had reached a good height by this time, the views were lovely.

I had a quick look round Brigsteeer, a tiny hamlet with pristine white houses with immaculate gardens, built on a hillside. Then I took a path up through Honeybee wood. There was a farm track running alongside it, but the sign said the track was not a public right of way, and that walkers should use the route through the woods. I didn't mind, it was lovely and cool.
I got to Barrowfield Farm and went off to the right, following the track up to Scout Scar. It was quite a climb up there. See the ridge at the top of the photo. That's where I'm heading.

 Look at the view from half way up. That's Barrowfield Farm down there.

Not much further, heading up towards the ridge.

At the top is a cairn, it says so on the map and there it is. Can't see much of the farm now. 
I walked all along the ridge to the other end where there is a car park. There were a few people about.

The stone built viewpoint has a tin lid on the top of it. Looks like a spaceship has landed.

From the car park I followed the road back down to Kendal, and had a look around the town. There is a shopping area next to Booths Supermarket called Wainrights Yard, with this plaque on the wall. A little bit about the famous Alfred Wainwright. His guides are very popular.

A few more pics of Kendal. I was too late to visit any museums or art galleries. 

 The Town Hall is a very majestic building. Today there was a craft fair on, which I also missed.

The fairground rides were just starting up as I made my way back to the guest house. Shall I have a ride, no I don't think I will bother, want to get back and chill out in my room.

A lovely day, good walking with lovely views and a bimble round the town. I went in Booths to pick up some supplies for my tea. My goodness the prices, I couldn't afford to live here. Mind you, Sue the landlady tells me there is a Morrisons and an Asda, but I couldn't be bothered to find them.

I am setting off back tomorrow but I don't know where I will get to. Not so many buses on a Sunday. I'm getting a bus to Lancaster in the morning, from there I don't know. Hoping to eventually get to Skipton, then Harrogate, and York. Will be home sometime on Monday.

Off to get a shower now, have a nice Sunday. Toodle pip.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Day 5. A bimble round Ambleside and Keswick

Hello. I've had a low level day today, no climbing, a couple of bus rides and bimbling round Ambleside and Keswick. It was chaotic at breakfast, there are a couple of coach trips in, excited students all chattering and crowding into the dining room at the same time. Thank goodness I was first in the queue. After breakfast I walked into Ambleside town centre to have a look around. This little cruise boat was waiting for it's first customers. 
Lots of olde worlde little stone shops in Ambleside.

There was nothing on at the Town Hall today.

This hotel is in a very prominent position at the top of the Market Place

There is a waterfall marked on the OS map, so I took a walk to see it. 
It was quite a pleasant walk through the woods to the top of Stockgyll Force. I crossed over this bridge and came down on the other side.

Once back in the town I got on a bus for Keswick. It's so easy to hop on a bus and go anywhere you like in the Lakes. There is a booklet with all the places and the times. It also has street maps of where you get the buses.

I had seen a programme on the TV about the Pencil Museum, Warwick Davis took his family there, I thought it would be good to have a look. So here it is. The factory is no longer here, they moved it to the coast a while ago. Here is a link to their web site if you want to read up about it.

Here is a little bit about the history.

I didn't know there were so many different coloured pencils. I nearly bought some but I have lots at home.

How about this then, a limited edition, lots of pencils in a wooden box for £250.

I sat on a bench and did a bit of people watching. A little girl dressed in pink, clinging on to her daddy's hand, Looked like she was very new to this walking lark. A little boy and his family enjoying fish and chips on a bench out of a wrapper. He helped himself to a wet wipe when he had finished and gave his hands a good clean. There are lots of dogs about, everywhere you go there are signs saying dogs welcome, and do you know not a sign of any dog poo anywhere. In fact I can't even remember seeing any litter about, and that's not because the street cleaners pick it up, no one drops litter here.  
Oooh, that looks tempting, but I didn't. Had my ice cream and gingerbread, don't need any sweets.

This shop was like an outdoor bazaar, Woven rugs hanging over the wall, and baskets and bags spread around the courtyard.

I took a walk to the lake. It's quite misty today. Not as busy as Ambleside.

The flowers in the municipal gardens were lovely. People sat around enjoying the sunshine, playing pitch and put and crazy golf, and scoffing ice creams. 

It was a lovely day, very relaxing. I picked up some food at Booths supermarket to bring back to the hostel. This map is on the wall in the dining room. It has all the place names on it for the Lakes. Looks a bit like a London underground map.

I would have liked to stay another night here but they are full up. Grasmere and Windermere hostels are also full. I checked the Backpackers hostel, they are full also. In fact the man told me that I won't find a bed in Ambleside on a Saturday night. So I have been on the internet and found a cheap B & B in Kendal for tomorrow night. I rang the lady and left a message, she has just rung me back and said she has a bed, so I'll get on a bus in the morning and go there, drop off my heavy stuff, and go out for a walk for the rest of the day. On Sunday morning I will be setting off back home. Don't expect there to be a lot of buses on a Sunday so I'll see how far I get.
That's about it for tonight. Hope you have a nice weekend.
Toodle pip.