Lakes District, Day 5

The final day of my Lakes District tour was my favourite by far! We started the day in Richmond, a market town with a castle (two of my favourite things).

Next up was the Angel of the North, Britain’s largest sculpture and widely believe to the the world’s largest angel sculpture. According to the sculptor, Antony Gormley, it has three functions: firstly a historic one to remind us that below this site coal miners worked in the dark for two hundred years, secondly to grasp hold of the future expressing our transition from the industrial to the information age, and lastly to be a focus for our hopes and fears.

My favourite stop: Alnwick Castle! We only had time to see the inside or visit the gardens, so I decided to check out the gardens, figuring I’d seen enough insides of old castles.  And the grounds were amazing.  I could have spent all day there just relaxing by one of the many fountains.

While I was extremely hesitant to leave, our guide surprised us with this next destination.  Because we had missed out on some stops in the earlier days, due to inclement weather conditions, he took us to Lindisfarm. It’s a bit like Mont St Michel, in that you can only reach it when the tide is low. It’s known as the Holy Island, and has been in use since the 6th century.

We drove by Tweed, to check out the aqueduct.

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Then continued on our way to Dunbar Harbour.

All in all, it was a great tour, and a great transition for me from travelling with friends to going on my own.  It was a good mix of time alone and with the group, and it took me to beautiful places that I wouldn’t have been able to see in such a short period of time.

Guided tours aren’t for everyone, but this is one I’d do again.

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