People are always saying to me you are so lucky living and working in the Lake District. Yes I am, I ran away to the Lakes back in 1990 with my boyfriend at the time. I came here with nothing and didn’t even know where the Lake District was. When you are young and in love, you do these crazy things. I love living here, it is one of the most beautiful places in the UK attracting around 15.8 million visitors per year.
The one thing I do not like, is travelling around the Lakes by car, especially in the season. In my job as Sales Manager for a coffee company, my coffee girl travels take me all over Cumbria. A customer recently say to me now he just thinks of the tourists as “£££ in cars” as we need them for our economy. It is as if drivers have won their driving licences in a raffle!! I know we need tourism but it doesn’t stop me finding it annoying! I am sure some readers of this blog will be nodding in agreement!
The Lake District scenery is jaw droppingly beautiful, but do you have to dive at 15 miles per hour in a 40 mph zone? No is the answer you are looking for, find a suitable place to pull over and take it in, so as not to cause a traffic jam behind you. Yes, if you took the time to look in your rear view mirror this is occurring right now.
Some of the roads are narrow and don’t have a white lines on. But you don’t have to brake severely on every single corner, drive in the middle of the road or completely forget what the ‘R’ is on your gear stick. It is for reverse, just to refresh your memory. Always remember where the passing places are located. Though you will be parked just past one, will make me reverse miles as you clearly can’t be either arsed or bright enough just to be courteous and reverse to let me pass.
The roads are not pavements. You wander aimlessly on the roads and then shoot drivers a look of contempt when they try to get past you. We are here to do a job too.
You’ll drive like a snail in front of me but MIRACULOUSLY speeds up when I try to overtake you. Then brake severely when the road bends in the slightest.
There is 100% chance that I have called some of the nicest people horrible things whilst driving around. Apologies.
Ps just because I’m in business attire and heels, not looking as if an outdoor shop has been sick on me. You don’t have to stare down your nose at me. I’m beting you’re all the gear and no idea kinda person and has never been up a mountain. Just for the record I have all 214 Wainwrights! 😉