Hal and I are living in northwest England for 2 years. Ulverston, Cumbria is now our home. It's a dense market town of 11,000 people, with mild weather. Temperatures range between 30 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, mostly. LOTS of rain, with some sun.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Oct 26 - Cumbria Way
We have walked on the Cumbria Way. Not far, about 4 miles, but we have started. It looks (on the map) like we climbed 110 feet in elevation.
Hal next to sign on Cumbria Way.
Along the way, we learned some lessons:
1) Comfortable shoes may be important, but so are slogging boots.
2) Always bring raingear.
3) Walking sticks are helpful.
4) Watch where you step (which interferes with the breathtaking views).
5) Carry a bottle of water.
In this view, the passage into the field is between the big rock on left corner and the smaller rocks to its right. It involves s-q-u-e-e-z-i-n-g through.
It was all lovely, with amazing views. Cowpoop was not so lovely (see #4).
Hal on a wooden stile.
Rosi on a wooden stile.
The fields are all very green. I wonder what a dry spell is like here. The bracken (ferns) has turned rusty gold.
The trail went right through this farmyard, but a detour sign directed us around the back of the barn (on right), due to "water in yard." Behind the barn was not exactly dry...
The cows gave us the once over, and went about their business.
And then we didn't know where to go, but finally stumbled on the trail. Trail was quite squishy in parts (see #1). This is not a park-like trail with paving or crushed stone. It's just a path that people frequently walk on. But so do sheep and cows.
We encountered some unknown prickly bushes with yellow flowers. And an odd conifer.
Here's a stone stile. The stones were wide slabs, about 5 feet wide, laid crossways into the wall, so we stepped on both ends of the same rock slabs as we climbed up, and then down.
The sheep didn't object to our intrusion.
Below, lovely patchwork fields.
Parts of the path were pretty steep, and the variety of gates and stiles (to cross fences) was interesting.
The clouds looked ominous, but the afternoon light shining off them was beautiful.
I thought we walked for 3 or 4 hours, but it was only an hour and a half.
Looking across the valley to the next hilltop, we could see windswept trees. Hal mused about the 4 crater-like areas on a hillside - possibly bomb craters, from war practice? Germans bombed around here a lot, but didn't hit the shipyard (cit. Hal Robb). The 2nd photo is a closeup of the craters and windswept trees.
On the way back into town, we passed an alpaca farm, advertising alpaca manure for sale. 2 (British) pounds. (I don't know what volume of manure that bought.) Many white pacas, with 2 blacks, and 1 pretty brown one.
This stonewall was interesting with its decorative border along the top.
The walk was educational. We are learning the limits of not having all our belongings here. Our shipment still has not arrived. It was picked up in East Lyme on Sep 29. We are now expecting it to arrive next Tues, Nov 3. I'd really like my wellies (muck boots), long underwear, and sweaters. I seem to be cold all the time.
Back in town, we diverted to walk past Rev. David Robinson's house. He was our exchange pastor at Niantic Community Church one summer several years back. I think I will send a note of introduction to him and his wife, before I call or show up on their doorstep.