Day Eighteen - Bustling City to Quaint Town
Trip Start Apr 08, 2012
40Trip End May 19, 2012
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The first thing I did was go to the train station and activate my BritRail Pass. I then asked which train I needed to catch to get to Keswick. Of all the rail personal I have dealt with this trip I have to say the British have been the most helpful. Not only did the lady tell me which train I needed to be on, but she also printed me out a small piece of paper that had the connections I needed to make and the times, so there was no confusion.
It was a nice train ride through the countryside. Although I didn't get any pictures as the train was moving too fast and due to the fact it was raining again
Keswick is a cute little town and I can easily walk through the main town centre in 15 minutes. I am staying in nice B&B a couple of blocks from town centre, which ironically is called the Portland House.
I spent my afternoon walking around the town centre, where they had a nice market set up. I was told I came on the right day as the market is only open on Thursdays and Saturdays.
After walking around town for awhile I went back to my room to dry out and figure out where to eat dinner.
I had dinner in a decent little pub called The Dog and Gun. It was a good thing I hadn't eaten much for breakfast or lunch as the portions were huge and filling. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the pub, but I found the staff to be curt and almost rude. I probably won't go back there, but that's okay as the town has a lot of places to choose from.
After dinner I decided to walk down by the lake, to work off some of the food I had just consumed. Lake Derwentwater is right on the edge of town, less then a 5 minute walk from town centre and picturesque. Around the lake are hillsides filled with ewes and lambs. There are even footpaths one can use to walk though the fields. I didn't venture down any of those paths tonight as it was an hour until sunset and I wanted to be back in town before dark.
I walked around for about 45 minutes before it started getting dark and I decided to head back to my room. I had considered checking out another pub in town that has live music every night, but it was only 20:30 and the music didn't start until 21:30. Perhaps I will check out the music scene tomorrow night.
Tomorrow, depending on the weather, I am plan to hike around the area nearby or if it is wet and cold, take a bus ride around the Lake District. The forecast right now is looking fairly decent so I might get a good hike in. And I really need one after all the food I've been eating.
Day Nineteen - Exploring the English Countryside