Sunday, 1 September – Allen Banks National Trust, Roman Army Museum, Aira Force National Trust, Windermere

We left Hexam early but didn’t leave the area immediately. First we drove out to Allen Banks National Trust, a lovely area along a  stream in a forest that had been cultivated for many years. We walked part way up the stream side, but not as far as we had intended. The easy path led over a bridge which has been washed out and the alternative route led up a steep slope, so we walked back to the car. The walk was worth it, though we did not see the dippers (birds) that were often seen from the bridge according to what we’d heard.

Then it was Hadrian’s Wall IV as we visited the Roman Army Museum.

As we left, the light over the hills was dramatic.

Then we drove down into the Lake District to Aira Force Falls.

We spent the night in Windermere, the middle of the Lake District.

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