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Damnvan1 overlooking Derwentwater

May 17, 2013

Damnvan1 overlooking Derwentwater

Currently we are at a beautiful campsite overlooking Derwentwater in the Lakes. We have been very busy and had to have a radical re-think on where we are going. Husband has a very painful foot and has had to stop walking. For once in his life he made the right decision as this foot had surgery 18 months ago and became very angry with walking around 15 miles every day. However we have chosen to continue travelling up and around this beautiful country. We now have great plans and some surprising adventures to come. So watch this space!
Today we have had a stunningly beautiful day in and around Buttermere. I walked along the lake and then from Honister slate mine to Seatoller. This lovely village grew as a result of building cottages for the mine workers in the 1800’s. The weather was sunny and warm. The campsites are getting both more expensive and busier due to children’s school holidays. We had a great deal of trouble finding somewhere for the Bank Holiday but are now sorted and looking forward to more Cumbria before we head off to the Yorkshire Dales.


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  1. Sorry to hear that Bill has had to stop walking but it has not been that long since his op, but you can keep travelling and enjoying the break. Pete and I went to Southport bank holiday Monday and had a lovely break weather was really lovely stayed till the Friday. Tell Bill well done from us for trying it takes a big man to admit defeat and also very sensible one, I don’t believe putting yourself through unnecessary pain, anymore bargains Barb? I am busy watching the Thornbirds DVD at the moment I had forgotten how gorgeous Richard Chamberlain is, take care gang enjoy and keep safe.
    Love Joy & Pete xx

  2. jen permalink

    Loving the lakes pic, glad you are having fun together. Missing you lots here. Had sports day in school. Plant sale at village hall on sat.

  3. Alwena permalink

    Sorry to hear the news of Bill at least he gave it a good go enjoy Yorkshire missing you both take care.
    Love Alwena and Colin xxx

  4. Val permalink

    Sorry to hear that the walk has come to an end but a brave and sensible decision. I was amazed at the mileage and rapid progress. I know someone else who pushes self too hard!
    Speaking of Peter he is now just over 2 weeks into walk. He has had Scottish type weather early on…high winds and rain and very cold, but is now in 100* and has had sand storms and is avoiding Rattle snakes. Water is scarce and he relies on the caches left by ‘Trail Angels’ (you are one of those Barbara!)
    Tent broke, boots broke as feet grew! I am posting out parcels regularly at extortionate prices. Should you care to look up the PCT he has just left Big Bear City.
    Hope you both enjoy your Round Britain Trip. I see NW Scotland has the best weather at the moment.
    Val x

  5. Judith permalink

    Hi Barb, so sorry to hear about Bill’s foot, good that he is now resting it. I’m sure he will have plenty of time in future to conquer the countryside. Hope you both carry on enjoying your travels. Xx

  6. Irene bachelor permalink

    Hi Barbara, sorry to hear that Bill is unable to complete his walk but you still have chance to have a great holiday. Looking forward to seeing you both again and hearing all about it. Irene

  7. the Nields permalink

    What a pleasure to see you both on your travels… keep discovering… and keep enjoying. With love Debs… !!! Jude says ‘Hiya’ xxx

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