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Kirkstone Pass, Cumbria ~ and Wordsworth was right!

Ah yes, the Kirkstone Pass, the highest pass in the Lake District at 454m – and there at the top is the welcome sight of the Kirkstone Pass Inn ~ where yesterday the log fire was so welcome and the pumpkin soup was just wonderful!

Up from Troutbeck and down to Ullswater ~ stunning!

It was Wordsworth who said about the Kirkstone Pass: “Who comes not hither ne’er shall know, how beautiful the world below…” So so true!

Morecambe Bay ~ just amazing!

Huge, vast, ginormous in fact – there’s no other description, absolutely endless miles and miles of sands and water, stretching way beyond the horizon.  Unfortunately the sands are famous for being as dangerous as they are beautiful, but viewed from the safety of the road, well, yesterday they were spectacular!

So near, and yet so far!  From the Howgill Fells above Sedbergh, Morecambe Bay glitters in the distance every time the sun comes out and the clouds lift, but it’s always one of the those places we pass by, and never go to.

Enough is enough, and yesterday was the day!  Inspired by a weather forecast that said that the fells would be wet and windy while the coast would be sunny and showery, and also of course by this past week’s BBC series of Autumnwatch broadcast from the RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss, off we went on a little explore!

Only 30 minutes from Sedbergh and we were at Arnside village driving along Morecambe Bay itself and stopping for tea right by the railway bridge.. then across the Cumbrian border into Lancashire, to Silverdale and Leighton Moss for walks around the reedbeds, and in the cafe to escape the rain…

After lunch, back round the bay into Cumbria via Grange-over-Sands and Flookburgh to Cartmel, famous for it’s large and ancient priory, horse races, restaurants and home of the sticky toffee pudding. We arrived in a rainstorm followed by a stunning rainbow just as we were parking at the racetrack. The end of the rainbow was actually hitting the racetrack main building – the pot of the gold eh?!

Great day, marvellous scenery, yummy afternoon tea, AND a glorious rainbow!