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6April 2006
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     Week Two was spent amongst the dramatic fells around Grasmere in the Lake District. We were in a 16th-century farmhouse called "Blind Tarn" or "Blinton" in the local dialect. It was set idyllically in Easedale across from Helm Crag along unmade farm tracks behind no fewer than 6 gates which had to be opened and shut each time we went out and came back. A small price to pay for heaven on Earth!

     Whilst Yorkshire is more subtle and quieter, the Lake District is all hustle and bustle with tourists. We immediately felt the difference - the closeness of the mountains and thousands of people and cars! The scenery is truly magnificent though, and it's no wonder the Lake District is England's jewel. Some late season snow and 30% grades simply added to the beauty.

Despite being modernised inside, the low beams managed to crack a few heads in our short time here!