Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lap Up Lakes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lap Up Lakes

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I have a theory that there are many more sheep and tourists in the Lake District than locals.

This is because on every visit we meet lots of visitors, see quite a few sheep and even find outsiders working in the shops, pubs, restaurants and hotels.

This is a pity as I cannot test my other theory that the Teesside and Cumbrian accents are identical. But I intend to persevere.

The lakes are a long hop over the A66 from Teesside and - if your nerves, blood pressure and temper can cope with the high proportion of dangerous drivers on the road's narrow sections - are perfect for a great day out.

Take a picnic, pack a hamper, take chairs or just go ready for all kinds of weather. If you want to be active or lazy, choose to be busy or relax, this is a splendid place to be.

There is so much to see and every lake is different. There are some, I confess, that I have never seen. I do not mean Devoke Water, Levers Water and Ennerdale Water, which are just names on the map.

I am afraid I have never seen Wast Water, which so many declare is the prettiest of them all.

Our journeys west always take us through to Penrith for a pause and a snack and then on to Keswick. We love strolling around the town and then down to Derwent Water.

There is something about this lake that I find more pleasant than all the others. It is smaller, more compact than Ullswater, Windermere and Coniston to its south and Bassenthwaite to its immediate north.

Car parking is always a frustrating lottery in the lakes but we regularly strike lucky by heading for one away from the centre of the towns.

Look carefully, watch the carrier bag carriers, and you will find the ones that the locals use when they have to make an enforced, quick trip through the crowds.

The view around Derwent Water is always better from a boat and, if you can abide the queues, the wait is splendidly rewarding. …

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