Days 75 - 76 : The full English
The next day was forecast to be windy and rainy and we had decided to tackle the weather head on. Rather than cowering in Lucia (the van) we put on our waterproof trousers, coats, boots and hats and headed for the hills. The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is a narrow-gauge line built in victorian times for transporting quarried stone from the higher valley down to the main line. It is peculiar in that the steam engines are scale models of full size engines, rather than the usual short dumpy affairs.
Stanley Gill Force waterfall was both interesting and atmospheric with stepping stones, white-water rapids, and rain-forest-esque steamy humid valleys. The experience of clambering over treacherous rocky paths to discover a hidden plunge pool and thunderous falls was well received by everyone, with perhaps a few reserves on the treacherous part from Laura.
|Lake District or Borneo?|
We walked a total of about 4 miles and Myriam walked about half of that on her own. I carried her for most of the way back in our trusty Ergo-baby carrier which is so compact, light and versatile that the same thing we used when she was 6 months old can be used 3 years later complete with muddy wellies.
|Water on the lens can't hide the excitement.|
As we accelerated our walk back to catch a train, Samuel and I stepped into an especially boggy bit of path which was deeper than we expected and so flooded Samuel's boot with cold runny mud. The last 10 minute of the walk were therefore accompanied by the wails of unhappy children asking the heavens to explain the point of countryside walks - all part of the experience.
We completed our day with a drink in the pub once we'd found a train to take us home. The Ratty Arms was lovely and welcoming even with 3 soggy children and muddy boots. The perfect end to the full-English experience.