It rained practically all the time we were in the Lakes. One of the first things we did was to head over to Grasmere to stock up on Sarah Nelson’s gingerbread. I had many happy holidays in the region when growing up and part of the tradition was to visit this tiny shop and buy warm gingerbread. There was always a wonderful smell wafting round their part of the village from the bakery, and usually a queue. I think there were restricted opening hours back then, these days I get the impression that most of the baking is done in some faceless industrial estate and just a token amount in the shop, just enough to produce the delicious aroma. It’s rather expensive, but a lovely treat, and I spent a fortune buying bits and pieces for us and my Mum. These days you can buy it online so whenever we feel nostalgic we can indulge ourselves!
On the way back to the campsite we headed to Castlerigg stone circle. I think I was last here when Mr Stoatie and I were courting – over 25 years ago!
The circle is located on a plateau with clear views to the hills all around. It’s set in a natural amphitheatre, and is absolutely stunning. It’s also virtually complete, having 38 stones in situ out of an estimated 41.
I was surprised at how busy it was, there were many more visitors here than we found at the Rollrights back in the summer. I was interested to see if I could find the stone that I had visited ‘virtually’ during our Drumming Circle journey to the site and was pleased to pick it out straight away.