Lancs & Cornwall 06
Day 6 - Lost, Grizedale
Visitors Centre, Aquarium of the Lakes, Settle, Chris's and Jocky's
Wednesday, 20 Sep. 2006 - After failing to find the
Grizedale Forest Visitors Centre on Monday we thought we would try it
again. This time we took the sat-nav instead of relying on
Andy's memory. The drive to the lakes area was fairly simple as
we took the highway most of the way. We turned off the highway
just before Newby Bridge as directed by the sat-nav. Apparently
we were suppose to make a turn onto a road but neither one of us
noticed a road so we continued on the same road knowing the sat-nav
would recalculate our route. This is when things started to turn
were driving along a proper 2 lane road when we were directed to turn
off that one and onto a very narrow road that was suitable for one car
but if you were careful and pulled over to the edge on-coming cars
could squeeze past. We travelled along with a bit of caution until we
received the next instruction: "please leave the main road and make a
sharp right turn in tow hundred yards."
Now we were both wondering what it was talking about since it seemed
to think we were on a "main road". We did miss the road it wanted us
to turn up since we thought it was a farmers driveway but the sat-nav
promptly told us to make a U-turn! When I had backed the car up
to make the "Sharp right" I really didn't expect the right turn to be
as sharp as it was! I had to do a three-point turn to make it onto the
smallest road I have ever seen! By this time were both laughing so
hard that if another car magically found the trail we were one there
would have been an accident. With a lot of trepidation we slowly
wound our way along the trail when our trusty sat-nav was getting
ready to give our next instruction. Both of us held our breath
in fear of what was to come when were directed to "continue
straight on at the intersection in two hundred yards."
we crept up to the next intersection we saw a decent road leading to
the left and right but only two tracks leading through a field
straight ahead. At this point I lost complete faith in our
previously trusted navigator! So we randomly decided which way to turn
and were going to head back to Newby Bridge where we came to a
T-junction with a sign pointing to Grizedale Forest Visitors Centre
only Three miles away! Now that looked a lot more promising then the
trek through the field! We decided the road signs were a little more
reliable so we continued to find the visitors centre!
We had lunch at the visitors centre and looked around the gift shop. I
picked up a couple books. Andy picked up a pack of playing cards with
different fish on each card.
On the way to the visitor's centre we saw signs leading to a public
aquarium called Aquarium of the Lake. Since it was still early in the
day we decided to see if we could find the aquarium again so we headed
towards it without the aid of the sat-nav!
aquarium is located on Lake Windermere and is dedicated to fish and
habitants around the lake district. It cost �7 each to get in and was
definitely worth it! We took a lot of photos for the site of fish that
we were hoping to find at the beach but weren't sure we would find
them while in Cornwall. There was also a steam powered train on
the premises. I had never smelled burning coal before and now realize
why they weren't used anymore! After leaving the aquarium we headed
back towards Burnley. Because it was getting late we decided to
stop in at the chippy in Chatburn for super and then headed to Downham
for a nice relaxing area to enjoy our meal.
Then we went to Chris's to see if he was in and stopped off for tea. I
was able to hand feed his Koi and then we watched his puppy attempt to
catch a swarm of flies. After leaving Chris's, actually being
kicked out of his place due to him needing to be off for work, we went
in to see Andy's friend Ross (AKA Jocky) for another cup of tea!
Up until this point Ross has been known as a miser and very protective
of his money so he completely amazed and surprised Andy by offering me
a �1 Scottish note as a souvenir!
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