We left the hotel straight after breakfast… we had something we wanted to see on our way home. Even though our destination was fifty miles away, it would only add about thirty miles to our journey… but it would take us most of the day, given the roads we would be travelling.
Dropping down through Troutbeck to Ullswater, we picked up the Kirkstone Pass through Glenridding and Patterdale. It is one of my favourite roads…a sheer joy to drive, in spite of its narrow, twisting path and the steep, unforgiving inclines, passing, as it does, through the magnificent hills of Cumbria.
The Pass is the highest in the area that is open to cars, at nearly fifteen hundred feet above sea level. Coming up from Ambleside, the road is called The Struggle with good reason, but our way took us down towards Lake Windermere and we drove along a fair…
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