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:
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!
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.