Monday, June 9, 2008
A walk in the woods
My brother (who lived in California) loved the Lake District. he considered it as a gem — all that was best in scenery encapsulated in an area that could be motored around in a day. Mountains and lakes, woods and valleys. Picturesque villages, small old churches. Slate quarries and ancient stone or slate walls. Flora and fauna to delight the eye. Fantastic footpaths through woods and over mountains. A place to refresh and revive. A place for poets and authors, a place to simply 'be'! There are tourist towns where people flock all the year round, some to take the steamers on the lakes, others to take a trip on a steam train. But it is the quiet places where you can walk or sit and drink in heaven that is the Lake District's greatest appeal.