I can’t believe that this time last year, I hadn’t started my current bucket list! It seems to have been a busy few months of bucket list activity and the next few months will be full of great things to look forward to. I really appreciate that people are following my blog – so thank you! It means a lot. I was just thinking earlier today that I’d love to be a full-time professional ‘bucket list doer’ where you can get paid for travelling, reviewing, TripAdvisoring, etc. or even helping others to create bucket lists. However, I love my day job and, unless the fabulous traveller writer Simon Calder is about to retire, I don’t suppose The Independent will take me on!
After my whistle stop tour of Somerset last weekend, I’m now firming up plans for my 6 day jaunt around central and northern England in May with all the things I mentioned in my post the other day. I’m going to spend 2 nights in Windermere and I truly can’t wait. I’ve never been to the Lake District before but I’ve always had a fascination for Donald Campbell’s attempt to break the water speed record in his boat ‘Bluebird’. He tragically crashed on Coniston Water in 1967 although his body was recovered only 17 years ago so I’ll go and look at the memorial there.
I’m also looking forward to taking iconic Lake District photos of wooden piers stretching out into its various lakes. Perhaps I can wake up very early one morning and capture sunrise…..or even a stunning sunset. I also plan to drive down the very steep and twisted Hardnott Pass which someone recommended to me as a challenge. Now, I love driving but reading reviews about Hardnott does make it sound slightly terrifying where I hope not to be faced with traffic coming towards me!
But I’ve found THE most amazing accommodation. The rest of the trip will be in budget-friendly hotels but I’m going to be staying in a luxury hotel where I get my own hot tub overlooking the Lake District fells. So, ‘go in a hot tub’ will be another experience ticked off my bucket list where I can have all my aches and pains from walking taken away by the warm bubbly water……and I don’t drink wine but I’ll have a glass of Diet Coke on the side!
Have you been to the Lake District? Can you think of anywhere in the area that I might like to check out?
Here’s my list of challenges if you’d like to see what’s on my current bucket list