A fortunate turn of events saw us drive away from Heathrow airport in a shiny Mercedes, ours for a month and to be returned in Edinburgh. Fancy car in hand, we made our way immediately to Adam’s old turf in Lewes where we swiftly walked to a pub and had our first of many pints of Harvey’s, the local beer… we became very well acquainted (Adam reacquainted) with the pubs in Lewes, meeting with Adam’s old friends for drinks and dinner and spending plenty of time sampling the ales.
Having consumed enough pub food and beer for a while, we moved north for a quick visit to Adam’s grandma and Elle’s friend in London, entailing delicious Indian food in Camden. We spent another week or so catching up with other friends of Adam’s and returning to Sussex, exploring Brighton pier, playing bar billiards, watching a village billy cart race, walking on the South Downs and more beer. All very pleasant and English.
And then our road trip north began with the aim of reaching Scotland. First stop was the Peak District and a cosy stay in a mini castle, now YHA. Blessed with fine weather, we went for a walk among the peaks to Mam Tor, which was very pretty and green, and stopped in at Hathersage for a quick look around the village.
Next up we headed to York for a day, wandering the ancient city walls and 14th century buildings in the shambles and enjoying tea and cake. We lucked upon some lovely accommodation in the quaint village of Knaresborough complete with a beautiful viaduct and super still river. From there we drove to our final leg before Scotland—the Lake District. We explored Windermere; stayed in Ulverston, where we caught the town’s annual lantern festival, a fun evening of fire-lit lanterns and fireworks; and spent a day climbing the Cat Bells. The Cat Bells is a very beautiful fell that has a steep descent, one that we managed to conquer with some scrabbling for spectacular views over Derwent Water and the green hills. It was a lovely end to our time in England, as we continued towards Scotland.