Monday, 30 July 2007

Day 8 - Kendal to Preston

23rd July

Kendal Youth Hostel serves a good breakfast as part of the price of the overnight stay, and we were able to cook a good meal in the evening.

Kendal was the first place since John O' Groats where I was successful in getting a photo off to the local press via the Internet. Full marks to Kendal Library, housed in the red stone Carnegie Library at the end of the high street.

The one way system is difficult, and Kendal mint cake is not on offer as much as I thought it would be. We bought bars for everybody when we finally found a shop.

Weather continued cloudy, but dry, and cheered up by the afternoon. From Kendal, the lads joined the A6 once more and travelled south through Carnforth and Lancaster to Preston.

They avoided the infrequent heavy showers, one of which caught Len and me while we were waiting for John Kay, a colleague from Oman, at Levens House, just south of Kendal. We went inside and had a good lunch in The Buttery.

The Royal Umpire Caravan Park at Croston gave them a warm welcome and a free pitch, as they were riding for charity.

It was a bit wet under the tents and the washing didn't get dry by morning. The good news was that there was a 2 for one meal deal at the restaurant over the road, and the restaurant at the hotel next to the campsite, had free wi-fi in its public rooms. So Len and I had a very nice and reasonably priced steak each there while checking our email.

Photos show departure from Kendal Youth Hostel on Highgate, the Carnegie Library and the boys' arrival at Royal Umpire Caravan Park southwest of Preston.

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