12th Nov 2010 - England day trips
Lake District - Day One
I went up to south Yorkshire for work - did a review on someone. A tiny place called Wombwell which is between Sheffield and Barnsley. because of that i decided to go to the Lake District for a long weekend.
It was a long start to the weekend as it took forever on the trains to get to Windermere in the Lake District. The train from Sheffield to Manchester was so busy that i had to leave my small case at one end of the carriage whilst my seat was at the other end. It was an hour trip and the aisles were crowded with people standing. I had to get off at one door and run the length of the carriage outside to get back on to retrieve my suitcase. The train from manchester to Preston was even worse - had a reserved seat that I couldnt get to - stood for the first 30 mins before snaffling a seat when someone got off - the train was delayed and delayed and delayed -I missed my connection by 90 minutes. As i then didnt have a reserved seat and again it was overcrowded I stood for 55 minutes on that train. At Oxenholme i stood on a freezing platform for 40 mins til the next train to Windermere - i did get a seat. a quick 10 min taxi ride for £5 then saw me to the Royal Oak Inn at Bowness on Windermere. the room was clean and gorgeous - £40 per night. I knew I would like this place. Completely dark so couldnt see how close I was to the lake.
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