We began our journey to Fairyland in Keswick (KEZ-ick) in the North Lake District. This is how the world looked out of our hotel window when we awoke. Not very auspicious when it rained on and off all day the day before and then here all that sogginess is again. But then again, the misty mountains look otherworldly. What awaits us in those hills?
I thought this was a church, but it’s actually Moot Hall, which houses the visitors’ center, among other things. We didn’t stop inside, because time was short and we knew exactly where we were headed, thanks to “Abby,” our sat nav. Do you see that tunnel between the two buildings on the right? We walked through it to get to our car, which would take us to the Ashness Packhorse Bridge just a few miles south of town. If you’re thinking of making the trip, take the B5289, then follow the sign to “Ashness Bridge” and “Watendlath.” The bridge is located about half a mile up a rather narrow road from the B5289 turnoff.
We parked in a small lot just past the bridge. Even before leaving the parking lot, I liked what I saw. If you look really closely, you can see a small, red building. If you can’t see it, then just look below.