Today was the day! My guided walk for everyone up Sale Fell then back to the lake station cafe for the afternoon tea I booked months ago. I’d been keeping my fingers crossed for good weather but it was sprinkling just a little when I woke up.
There was one thing to do first: the presenting of the gifts!
If you have family overseas you’ll know that any visitor from home will be asked to bring food items when they come to visit. Luke’s uncle Mark had requested a few of his favourites.
Next we headed to the bus stop and finally managed to be first on and grab the seats up the top and right at the front.
The slight mist of morning rain had stopped and the day was clearing a bit and warming up.
We set off uphill.
If I didn’t explain fully yesterday, Mark is Luke’s youngest uncle (Luke’s mother is the eldest of nine siblings) and only three years older than me. Mark moved to the UK in his twenties, met Sue and settled in Essex.
Mark and Sue come to the Lake District every October with a group of friends for walking holidays. They are both very fit, Mark just completed a 100km walk around the Isle of Wight (in one go, not over a week like I’d do it) and Sue runs marathons. The rest of us were a bit concerned that our pace would be a bit painful for them but they magnanimously slowed down.
The walk was a long way to the top but worth it.
Sale Fell is a nice gentle hill with an undulating crown. Good walking for inexperienced walkers and families. Great views and no sharp edges!
Right at the very top are views to Scotland and, extremely faintly if you really squinted, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
We met a nice older man at the top who told us he’d heard cuckoos on the way up, which we completely forgot to listen for on the way down.
The walk down was lovely.
We decided to stop at the Pheasant Inn for a drink since we were too early for our cafe booking.
It was lovely sitting in the sun and the garden had a lot more flowers out since I’d last visited. All the azaleas and rhododendrons are in full bloom at the moment. Mum, you would have loved it.
But forget about a mere drink, afternoon tea was on the horizon!
The tables I booked were in the train cafe.
Apart from being stiflingly hot, it was delightful.
We weren’t sure how the waiters would fit food onto the tiny tables, but through sleight of hand, and possibly some actual magic, they did it with ease.
The food selection included tiny Yorkshire puddings and roast beef, delicious sandwiches, cheesecake, profiteroles, salmon and avocado mousse, deep fried Camembert and more! Lea had, rather unwisely, claimed at the pub that she would be capable of eating everything put in front of her at the tea.
Don’t underestimate the way a dozen small things can be extremely filling!
We caught the bus back and are currently collapsed on the couch, digesting!
For those who have asked me if Bonnie is missing us, here’s today’s upload from her host family.