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Exploring the Lake District in all its beauty…

Exploring the Lake District in all its beauty…

I began my 7 day extravaganza at the tail end of the hottest June week in over 30 years, hotly anticipating basking sunshine and glorious vistas. So confident of hot weather was I that I left my house wearing shorts. Cut to the penultimate day of the trip where it’s raining so hard I had to, sadly, abandon my plans. But that’s enough about my weather woes.

My inspiration for the trip

I was inspired to begin planning the trip after spotting a photograph of Stagecoach’s 77 traversing the Honister Pass on the Stagecoach enthusiast Facebook group (worth joining if you haven’t already). I had never been to the Lake District before and was keen to explore the area, plus I thought I would use this as an opportunity to travel with Virgin, as I had never had the pleasure before.

Highlights of the trip:

A Yorkshire Coastliner Gemini waiting time in Whitby

The Yorkshire Dales

I had previously travelled on Transdev’s Yorkshire Coastliner route 840 all the way from Leeds to Whitby – but it was dark, cold and raining. This trip turned out to be the perfect way to sample the beautiful Dales once again, but this time in the sun! Coming soon!

A Carlisle branded Optare Solo in Glenridding

Glenridding & Aira Force

If you’re after a beautiful view of Ullswater, you need look no further than Glenridding. I enjoyed a gentle stroll around the village and then a short hike to the nearby Aira Force Waterfall.

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