Got back into Manchester and picked up a rental car as a precursor to a trip up to the Lake District to see a friend. Drove down to Middleton where we were invited to dinner at brother and sister in laws.Had a delightful evening catching up on all the news. That evening drove up to the Lakes. Had a great nights sleep and the following day drove out to Ullswater and lunch at The Brackenrigg.

Magnificent Lake Ullswater

Magnificent Lake Ullswater

Monday morning drove south headed for Gisburn. Spent the night at Waddow Hall. During the ensuing few days went out to Harrogate, had an elegant lunch at “Betty’s” and resolved a revisit to take a Turkish Bath, something I did with brother in law years ago and enjoyed hugely.

Betty's of Harrogate, an Icon of a particularly elegant period in history that has an abiding caché.

Betty’s of Harrogate, an Icon of a period in history that has an abiding caché.The Inn at Whitewell The Inn at Whitewell

Whilst in the North West area one could not pass up a revisit to the delightful Ribble Valley and an exemplar of an old hostelry called the “Inn at Whitewell.” It lies at a bend in the river Hodder and is reputed to have been visited by the queen and her entourage on a junket up to Scotland in the dim and distant past. The atmosphere is heavy with old english country culture,crackling log fires, gun dogs, gum boots and locals with mirthful yarns at the bar.

A quintessentially english pursuit, early evening, trout fishing on the River Hodder, Whitewell...

A quintessentially english pursuit, early evening, trout fishing on the River Hodder, Whitewell…

After a brief visit to a good friend in Radcliffe, it seems that the “Gods of Travel” have ordained that one must travel back to Valencia on the 26.10.16!

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