A Weekend of Adventures!

17th September 2017
It has been a great weekend - we have been out and about doing things and exploring places I haven't been for a long while (I used to use them as places to ago to avoid a certain person when I couldn't be bothered dealing with the drama). Both are hugely romantic and beautiful places - and both are in my favourite corner of the Lake District, the Duddon Valley.

Friday was a long train ride south to pick up a birthday present from the outlaws, which was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. I popped in to visit them on the way back up, and thank them, it really is nice to have inlaws that like you and want to spend time with you - it's a whole new life experience and I can thoroughly recommend finding someone to be with whom you can have that kind of relationship with the rest of their family. It just makes you feel good about everything!

Saturday we set off in the afternoon to go for a little adventure in the Duddon Valley with a walk out to Frith Hall, a really interesting and romantic old ruin that sits on the skyline above the valley. It was, at various stages: a hunting lodge; a farm; a coaching inn; a smugglers den. I suspect it was also a fortification at some stage - possibly a bastle or piel tower - given the thickness of the walls on the square set "tower" like structure at the far end.

Saturday evening was the Ulverston Lantern Festival, which was fun - even if everyone was exhausted by then!

Sunday started with bacon butties at Oxen Park as we watched the South Lakes Tractor Run at the Masons Arms. A great pub, a great butty, and a great time!

We decided, since it was a nice day, to make the most of it and carry on back to the Duddon for a walk around Wallowbarrow Woods and the River Duddon. It was lovely - and like Frith Hall - a romantic and special place.

As ever it is a shame that Dakota wasn't there to enjoy the weekend with us. We live in such a superb area and we really need to make more of being here both when she is and (unfortunately) isn't with us. There are so many places to explore, hopefully now I can get over the injuries and illnesses and we can start enjoying it more! I always enjoyed an active lifestyle and really want to pass that on to all of our children!

Now to get some more files onto Alamy and do some keywording for the last upload!

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