Friday, September 5, 2014

A Week in Cumbria - 1 Accommodation

Just home from a great week in Cumbria. I took the ferry to Holyhead and drove there. The weather was reasonably good, heavy rain only on one day, and the roads and towns were not crowded.

I prebooked two places to stay both near the M6, one in the south of Cumbria, one in the north, both reasonably priced.

In the south I stayed at Days Inn, Kendal, Killington Lake at a motorway services area. This was good, beside an old reservoir which had swans, ducks and boats. Lots of swallows around, there had a nest just outside my window. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The WiFi internet access was excellent.

It was close to the town of Kendal on one side and Sedbergh on the other. Sedbergh is actually in Cumbria but is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It regards itself as England's Booktown but it doesn't compare with Hay-on-Wye in Wales. I did find one exceptionally good bookshop in Sedbergh and spent a pleasant morning there.

In the north I stayed at Crossroads House Bed and Breakfast just off the M6 close to Carlisle. A most welcoming place with great advice on what to do and see locally. The house even has a Roman well in the hallway! I stayed three days, using it as a base for the north Cumbria area, Carlisle and north east to Hardian's Wall.

A great breakfast, full English (without the beans, please) including Cumberland sausage, yum! Excellent WiFi here as well.

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