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The Lake District

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It feels like it’s been forever since we were in the Lake District; this week has been so long! After having two quizzes, an individual presentation and our second British Studies exam, I’m just now finding time to finally write about last weekend while I catch up on four giant loads of laundry.  (What an exciting Friday night, right?)  Today we had classes to make up for our three-day-week coming up, so the majority of the population is staying put this weekend.  Plans for trips fell through after realizing we had only two days for travel and a huge research paper sneaking up on us way too fast. (Sadly, 3,000 words won’t write themselves…)

I wish I could have had a whole week in the Lake District to explore; it’s such a magnificent place!  This trip had you feeling truly relaxed and dislocated from the world around you.  Something about the mountains, lakes, rivers, rolling hills and forests makes you forget about British Studies and how much homework you have waiting to be done when you arrive back at the manor.

Harlaxton offers four activities that you can sign up for while in the Lake District: ghyll scrambling, kayaking, mountain hiking & rock climbing.  My choices included morning ghyll scrambling and afternoon rock climbing, which we participated in on Saturday.  On Friday we had a free day in which we decided to go on a 10-mile hike from Ambleside to Grasmere. The hike included walking along the “Rydal Water” where we enjoyed many stops along the way as we took in the beautiful scenery.

I couldn’t have been happier with my choices of activities.  Ghyll scrambling is basically climbing up a running river… plus a few waterfalls along the way!  Despite being particularly cold and wet, ghyll scrambling was one of the most entertaining things I’ve ever had the opportunity to do.  We were so lucky to have an awesome guide who took pictures of our group along the way and wrote a blog about our trip on the company’s website.  Read it here: half-day-ghyll-scrambling-sessions-in.html

After drying off and getting a warm change of clothes, our group was ready to set off for our rock climbing adventure. This was definitely much harder than I expected, but I learned a lot and enjoyed making it to the top! (I wish I had my own pictures from rock climbing, but sadly I didn’t bring my camera to our Saturday activities since so much water was involved.)

On our way back Sunday, we stopped in Keswick for lunch and more sight-seeing. Keswick was a beautiful town and the weather was perfect for exploring and eating lunch outside! Lake District is a must see for anyone coming to Harlaxton or visiting England in general.  Not only was this probably one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever see in my life, it was also a great get away/ laid back escapade!

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