Travel Diary » Photo Friday: Sunrise in the English countryside
Our last few days in the UK were spent driving around the countryside and staying with friends, the Guests, in Manchester. I have to say we completely underestimated just how beautiful the English countryside is. Particularly at sunrise. The sunrises in winter in England are stunning. The above photo was taken in Edale Valley in the Peak District National Park near Manchester.
After leaving London we drove to Bodiam Castle and onto Arundel where we stayed the night in a YHA. YHA currently has a sale on for families - 30 pounds for a private four person bunk room and dinner for the whole family. The room and YHA were nothing fancy but it did give us the chance to wake up in the countryside to a car covered in ice after a freezing night (the first time the kids have ever seen that so they were suitably impressed) and this view:
Gorgeous countryside with a castle and cathedral peeking through the fog. Hard not to be impressed!
It even managed to get me out of my fowl mood after waking up with a migraine to discover the YHA was out of tea!
Overall, Arundel village was stunning. The kids weren't very interested but Colin and I loved it. Gorgeous old buildings, like this post office ...
... the Cathedral ...
... and a cricket field on the top of the hill overlooking the castle with an outfield that suddenly ends in a huge drop off. I wonder how many balls (and fielders) disappear over the edge?
We grabbed some snacks for the road and finally found take-away hot tea (which I of course managed to spill all over myself climbing back into the car!) before heading to the one thing Colin had been dreaming of seeing in England - the company that builds the expedition RTW trucks that he hopes to buy.
One day! When our bank accounts look a lot healthier than they currently do.
After an hour of Colin drooling at trucks it was onto Edale.
We had booked another night at the YHA, this time in Edale Valley, a small string of even smaller villages and farm land in the shadow of some fairly impressive hills just an hour from the outskirts of Manchester. The YHA Edale is huge - a popular school camp spot so it's on a farm with sheep, lots of hiking trails, a creek and just a short distance to a dam for kayaking ... all in summer of course! It was just a little too cold while we were there - it snowed the night after we left.
We arrived in the pitch black that is 7.30pm (got to love winter in the UK!) so didn't really have a chance to enjoy the scenery.
Until we woke up the next morning ...
It was drizzling with rain and the wind was howling through but it didn't stop it from being one of the most beautiful places we've ever seen. I froze my butt off jumping out of the car every 2 minutes to snap photos (and got laughed at by my ultra supportive kids and husband) but I'm glad I did.
Within five minutes we had decided we were coming back here ... in the summer ... definitely the summer ... to rent a house.
Rolling hills, huge fields, slow creeks ... and very limited cell phone reception. We'd either learn to love the outdoors and the kids would learn to play outside by themselves ... or we'd all go insane! Either way it would be a fun challenge.
And in the most stunning setting. This was certainly one of the most beautiful places we've ever visited and I highly recommended making the trip there if you are in the UK. Derbyshire is well connected by public transport and www.coachholidays.com run great holiday tours.
This post is part of Photo Friday over at Delicious Baby.