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Outings In England: Day Trip

England LITERATURE + FILM NATURE + GARDENS

The Lake District

June 7, 2014

For the long holiday weekend

we took a quick zip to the Lake District,

the largest and most visited National Park in England

located near the Scottish border

Visit Beatrix Potter's Lake District

You can see how this area has inspired so many authors

including William Wordsworth and Arthur Ransome

The area is known for its

long, thin lakes

hills (known as ‘fells’)

verdant countryside (indicating it rains a lot)

and hardy Herdwick & Swaledale sheep

Aren’t you in love already?

We visited Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse, Hill Top,

which was a real highlight

We saw local village locations that appear in her books

such as this letterbox

Queen Victoria was the first to put her ‘royal cypher’ on new postboxes
Here, ‘GR’ indicates this letterbox was placed during the reign of King George V (George Rex)
Queen Elizabeth II’s royal cypher is EIIR (Elizabeth II Regina)
Rex/Regina is Latin for king/queen

So glad we fit in this last trip!

Well worth the five hour drive

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