TO THE LAKES !

Back home Sunday, back North (proper, unquestionable North) with James on Monday for a little Lakes walking.

Astonishing coincidence; only 4:14 hours to the Lakes, EXACTLY the same time as Mrs RM spent shopping in Ashton IKEA on Saturday. Spooky.

Two stops on the way; the now obligatory Tuck Shop in Tuxford, and a riveting ramble up Rivington Pike from a starting point of the M61 Services.

James cheerfully pointed out the sign indicating your entry into Bolton, home of the plague fields. Luckily, Chorley is plague free.

It’s a pretty walk from the Rivington Spar up Squirrel Lane to the Reservoir.

But the highlight was back in the car park on the Blackrod side where a man appeared to be becoming “acquainted” with a cow.

But where’s the pub ?!” says Russ.

We had to wait till we left the A590 for Cark-in-Cartmel.

I’d attempted to tick the Engine back in March, thwarted by those “Winter Hours” at odds with the “ALWAYS OPEN” promise on Facebook.

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But here they were open before 5 on a damp Monday in late September.

A lovely old rambling South Lakeland pub, except now with the addition of handwash, QR codes, perspex visors and sticky tape.

And disposable paper menus on which you write your name and menu choices, which they keep for 21 days JUST IN CASE.

Proper Pub food, scampi and chips for me, and a superbly crisp and foamy Lancaster Blonde (NBSS 3.5 +).

I saw a half dozen Blondes pulled while we were there, with one Gent disappointed when the Blonde went off and he was left with the Boltmaker.

When it’s good, it’s very good.

A bit of a buzzy atmosphere. half and half diners and drinkers in the dozen or more.

Why is there only one Monopolies Commission ?” asked one wag, which I thought was funny till I realised he was reading the sign above the bar.

A couple behind us were discussing their complex plans for the evening and consulting the rules for “support bubbles” and no doubt the special Covid exemptions for people who knew a cat in Ulverston.

The rules were still less complex than the arrangements for taking a leak.

The drizzle stopped. We took a quick hike up Hoad Hill to admire the view from Ulverston to Barrow and beyond.

The sheep scattered, that Ulverston cat looked rather less afraid. Or perhaps it’s just annoyed that the craft bar in Ulverston remained resolutely shut during our trip.

*there’s my title, just need Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk playing in the background.

12 thoughts on “TO THE LAKES !

      1. Lucky you! Eskdale has become my favourite Lakeland valley in recent years, with some great pubs to boot! (Did you see what I did there?) Has the King George IV reopened yet?

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      2. We walked from that station near the George IV and it was definitely shut. Walked to the 2 in Boot and then the Bower House.

        Reports coming up, but the walks in perfect weather infinitely better than the pubs.

        The Manor at Broughton made up for it.

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  1. Sir, what a fine walk, for sons and for their dads…daddies…did you know, that “daddy-long-legs” as a nickname is equally applicable to both the crane fly and the cellar spider? So the assertion that the daddy-long-legs is an insect is not always correct, and on occasions disputes may easily arise over this very point.

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  2. “Astonishing coincidence; only 4:14 hours to the Lakes, EXACTLY the same time as Mrs RM spent shopping in Ashton IKEA on Saturday. Spooky.”

    LOL! (slow golf clap)

    “and a riveting ramble up Rivington Pike from a starting point of the M61 Services.”

    Just how exactly does one pronounce ‘Horwich’? I was thinking Wiccan with loose morals.

    “โ€œBut whereโ€™s the pub ?!โ€ says Russ.”

    I was trying to come up with something witty, but decorous, about the cow thingy.

    “A lovely old rambling South Lakeland pub, except now with the addition of handwash, QR codes, perspex visors and sticky tape.”

    Adds to the ambience, dunnit?

    “And disposable paper menus on which you write your name and menu choices, which they keep for 21 days JUST IN CASE.”

    And how many bloody people touch them during all that time?

    “I saw a half dozen Blondes pulled while we were there”‘

    Um… no comment. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    “till I realised he was reading the sign above the bar.”

    Still funny. ๐Ÿ™‚

    “The rules were still less complex than the arrangements for taking a leak.”

    One out, one in?

    So, if I drop two, I have to push one of them back up inside for future movements? Sheesh

    “The sheep scattered,”

    Fat lot of good that will do them; they’re all marked with blue dots. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Cheers

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