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Lauren + Adam’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 06 May 2007

Location: The Lakes District, UK

MapWe got up fairly early today as we had an hour journey to our first stop for the day, the town of Keswick. Here we visited the site of the Derwent Pencil factory which certainly bought back memories of the precious pencils I recieved for Christmas one year. Legend has it that in the early 1500s, a violent storm in the Borrowdale area of Cumberland led to trees being uprooted and the discovery of a strange black material underneath. This material turned out to be graphite, and shepherds began using it to mark their sheep.A cottage industry of pencil making soon developed, culminating in the formation of the UKs first pencil factory in 1832. We toured the factory finding out how pencils are made and even got some pencils made with our names on them. It was fasinating. Next we headed to the Cars of the Stars exhibition. It was great! We saw Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Bat Mobile (new and old), Mr Bean's Mini, The Dukes of Hazard car, one of the cars from 007, Kit from Nightrider and my favourite - Herbie the Love Bug. Unfortunately we couldn't take photos due to copyright reasons. After lunch we headed to the town of Gramere, where we visited the home of William Wordsworth and also found the Grasmere gingerbread shop which is world famous. The gingerbread was first made in 1854 using a secret recipe and it is acknowledged by food critics as 'the best gingerbread in the world'. After that we headed to the nearby town of Ambleside famous for it's house on the bridge (look in our photos). Then after a long and busy day we headed back to the hotel for a much needed feed and rest.