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Lake District National Park

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Written on 8:23 PM by Reethi

This is my first post on England's favorite destinations. Over the days i will share with you snapshots, travel tips and details of places you've been looking out for. I'm starting out with Lake District National Park, 3,500 kilometres of rights of way and 12 of the largest lakes in England, you can walk to your hearts content or even enjoy the stillness of this beautiful lake district.

Kirkby Lonsdale: The quaint riverside town of Kirkby Lonsdale is home to a renowned Norman Church in Cumbria. Come weekend and Devils Bridge over the River Lune turns into a hub of activity with people all around and the roar of the bike engines as bikers flaunt their bikes.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway: The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, a 15 inch [38m] narrow gauge line today was originally a larger gauge 3 ft [91cm]. It operates everyday between April and October and select days during other months, check the website for further details. The line was set up way back in 1873, it was used to transfer iron-ore to Ravenglass from Boot village in Eskdale. However it was shut in 1913 because of decreased passenger traffic in summer and demand for iron ore mined here. In 1915, model-maker Wynne Bassett-Lowke and R P Mitchell required a line to test their model steam locomotives, for which they re-gauged this line to the current 15 inch and re-started it in 1917. The line almost closed down again in 1953 after the iron ore quarries closed. But railway enthusiasts with financial backing saved the line which is known to locals as ' La'al Ratty ' - Cumbrian dialect for ' little narrow way '. The 7 mile journey from Ravenglass to Dalegarth takes 45 minutes. Crossing marshland and deep woods you can catch a glimpse of the Scafell range as well. Alight at Dalegarth and go around Eskdale. You can even visit the Roman bath House which shows remains of an early day and the Roman occupation here or the railway museum at the Ravenglass end which houses photographs of the history of the historical line.

Kirkstone Pass: The view from the top of the Kirkstone pass, overlooking Coniston and Windermere is strikingly beautiful. The pass remains closed during winter in the instance of heavy snowfall. Extending from Bowness on Widermere up to Ullswater, the pass makes it way by Brotherswater and Patterdale and finally reaches Glenridding.

Aira Force: This place was Wordswoth’s haunt and inspiration for two of his poems; The Somnambulist and Airey Force. Today it belongs to the National Trust, all of 750 acres of Gowbarrow Park and the fall, bought when the land was in danger of being sold off. You need to pay to park here, except in case of membership. CafĂ© and toilets are available as well. You can take a leisurely walk up and around the river. Although the fall is easy you need to careful while you reach the steps, particularly the steep ones which are slippery. Waterproof footwear is highly recommended because drips from the trees fall down harder than rain. Set against a backdrop of amazing woods including ash, yew, oak, pines, beech, hawthorn and many more trees, this magnificient Victorian landscaped park is an unforgettable sight! Nature seems to play with colors as it contrasts the green color from the trees, dark black of the flowing water and grey from the rocks. There are three bridges here, you can look at the 69 foot glorious waterfall from the lower, upper bridge and maybe even get wet when the waterfall is in full glory. You surely don’t want to be drowned here! The two upper bridges were built in memory of the Sprigrice brothers from Watermillock. One of them died in the Boer War and the other in 1918.

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