Little town experience

From one of my mails to a friend/colleague..

Little Town is a very small place close to Keswick (http://www.dokeswick.com/360/towncentre/view.htm – tourism website) in Lake District…alomost to extreme North West of England. We started from Barnard Castle (in Durham County) in a car on A67 highway (or motorway as they put it!) and then moved on to A66 and reached Penrith first and then Keswick.. the drive itself was very pleasant with lots of farms…distant hills… and at times some small water lanes next to the road…coming down from the hills I guess…it took us about an hour…

Keswick had a small lake…and throughout the length of the lakes…we heard that there there are beautiful walks….infact we did walk into the lake on a wooden trail for about 20 metres…(just like its shown in movies)…lots of ducks and birds were swarming at the start of the lake and there was a theater(of Plays…Sinbad was being played when we went)…to the other side of the lake was this place called Little Town…where Miss Beatrix Potter was brought up ..there was movie on made out of here own story released this Jan 5 ( http://www.misspotter-themovie.com/) …she was a writer ..wrote children stories..(http://www.peterrabbit.com)

we parked our car at a hotel called Little Town Farm (http://www.littletownfarm.co.uk/) …this was the only hotel we saw in this place…the place is pretty much like just a couple of streets surrounded by hills….but it seemed like its a popular place for people fond of mountaineering…we found several guys doing it on our trail up the hill…also I hear that you can buy mountanieering gears somewhere closeby…Keswick is much bigger place …so I expect it to definitely have these facilities…

once on top of the hill…the view was really good and very cool and windy…on one side was the lake..on the other is the little town and other hills…and the hill had couple of waterfalls too…not big…but just enough to make you feel good….and it has those small secretive kinda of crevices…caves…and one such place…we ofund that it was fenced and there was a sound of trikling water inside….its like your typical hill station …with a dash of very cool weather and a lake…
Its jsut easily the best memory I would carry from UK …

York (http://www.visityork.org/mustseeyork/) was another place that I liked ..though I did not really get a chance to explore much there…we saw a cathedral(York Minister – http://www.yorkminster.org/visiting/what-to-see-and-do/) …which was close to 1000yrs old but we could not go to this place Jorvik Viking center ( http://www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/vikings1.htm)…
its an archeological place..dug out some years with viking-age look and feel recreated…sound very interesting for me but we could not make it to it since it closes as early as 5 in the evening….
can buy a daypass(http://www.yorkpass.com/) for all the main attractions…there was an orchestra reharsing in the cathedral for their performance that night…about 100 people …the main singer was a lady singing at the peak of her voice such that she was audible even in other corners of cathedral..the cathedral itself was built with an idea of carrying sound to the max….this reharsal was wonderful…though I did not understand everything they said…i sat there just listening to them for about an hour..we lost the time there….

Both these places are almost to the north of England…takes about 3 hrs on those fast trains…the railway station that I arrived at is Darlington…I hear that the railway museum there is very good..infact Darlington was one of the first places to have a railway station….From Darlington Barnard castle was about 40 minutes on car…Leeds..Machester and Teeside airports are also close by to this place….guess Keswick and york should definitely have a much closer airport…

Barnard Castle(http://www.freefoto.com/browse.jsp?id=1008-01-0) itself was not a bad place at all…I saw Barnard castle, egglestone abbey and Bowes musuem( http://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/collections/) here..the swan at the bowes musuem…reminded me of the clock at Salar Jung Museum..something to lookout if you are someplace closer…but the best part was the teeside river next to barnard castle and walks along the river…they were really good…

Tomorrow its Durham county….