Meeting the Locals

Exploring England #30

Our Airbnb home near the Lake District was a pretty stone cottage, one of several in a row surrounded by verdant farmland. A mill pond complete with ducks and their ducklings lay behind the cottages, and beyond the pond at the top of the hill was the Lancaster Canal. A public footpath began at the end of our street, and we decided to go exploring in the hope of meeting some of the locals.

The path took us along the edge of the field where, even in the late afternoon, the thick green grass was still damp with morning dew.

We climbed over a stile

and up the hill to the path beside the canal.

From the top of the hill we could see our cottages and the lush farmland of the Lancashire countryside.

Late summer wildflowers bloomed in profusion along the water’s edge. Some we recognised, while others were new to us.

We did meet some of the residents but they had little to say, merely raising their heads in curiosity as we passed by.

As the sun sank lower in the sky, the temperature began to drop. We retraced our steps until we were on our lane again and, with the day almost over, our cosy cottage was warm and welcoming.

Join Jo and her friends for Monday Walks.

30 thoughts on “Meeting the Locals

  1. Beautiful landscape, and I’m glad you got to enjoy it safely. A lot of travelers would have chosen to stay at a hotel and never left their room except to go to their car. You guys know how to travel and get the most out of your trip. And, I like your two and four-legged acquaintances. 🙂

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    • We rarely stay in hotels, Judy. We like to have self-contained apartments or houses so we can go to the local supermarkets and buy local food and pretend to be local. 🙂 It’s much more fun and also far less costly. Also, because we like to stay for a few days it’s nice to be able to unpack and spread out. Airbnb is the way to go for us.


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    • This place was so isolated I doubt there would be any tourists except those who stay at the Airbnb we used. It was such a nice experience to stay for a few days in the countryside – very peaceful and pretty. Across the road was a large field taken up with the village allotment and we enjoyed seeing people working on their patch each morning. But, as we discussed last week, it wasn’t close to any shops or cafes. Still, a typically English experience for us.

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  3. I just love those bunnies, Carol, it’s illegal to have them here in Qld (although I’m pretty sure I’ve spotted a few around the farm over the years). The reflective cow is a great shot. What a beautiful place to stay xxx


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