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Lake District
Thu 14th Apr 2016 to Sun 17th Apr 2016
organised by Highland Scotland

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Six cars met up on a cold but dry Thursday morning ready to set of on our trip to the Lake District.
We headed off roofs down to our first stop at Spean bridge  for tea/coffee where we were joined by Lisa and Martin  Our "guess the mileage " competition was entered by everyone. 
After our stop the "Magnificent Seven" headed west to Ft William and then south to Tyndrum where we stopped at the Green Welly Shop for a spot of lunch.
Heading south once more  down to Crainlariach, Callander and Doune joining  the M8 at Stirling. All went well until we got to the road works around the Strathclyde Park area where in the bedlum of cones and poor signage we lost Jimmy  an Jill who ended up in the wrong lane! Fortunately  they found their way back and caught up with us.
Barrelling down the road to Dumfries for our overnight stop all went well until Ali and his google maps app got them lost and literally going round in circles in Dumfries. Thank goodness Dorothy @ Andrew's sat nav was on the ball and saved the day.
Friday, after breakfast we headed off once more bound for "Caldbeck" but not before the obligatory photo shoot .
Roofs down off we went and fuelled up where we met a local MX-5 owner doing the same, of course we had to have a chat. It turned out she has one of the first 1989 Mk1s in the garage at home.
After an uneventful run we arrived at "Caldbeck" for lunch and a wee look round the curiosity shops .
Afterwards we headed west into the Lake District travelling down the shore of Lake Bassenthwaite over the Kirkstone Pass down towards Lake  Windermere, all of which provided fantastic scenery, and then on to Kendal for our 2 night stop.
Time to rest, eat and be merry. Little did we know that we would need all the rest we could get!
Saturday morning started of nice and sunny so we set off to the Lakeland Motor Museum - roofs down of course.
Here we spent 2 hours looking at the exhibits including the Donald Campbell exhibition who of course died on Lake Coniston trying to beat his own record!
We then headed of to Hardknott Pass which turned out to be  more of a challenge than anyone imagined! We climbed up the pass which consisted of single track very narrow hairpins with a drastic lack of passing places and of course we met  cars going the opposite way. Fiat panda 4x4s , E-Type Jags and unbelievably a Rolls Royce how it managed to negotiate the hairpins we may never know.
We all managed to squeeze by and were rewarded with some stunning scenery on the drop down to the Kardknott cafe/Woolpack Inn where we really did need a rest and it was notable that the conversation was all about the Hardknott Pass
Some of the more cynical thought I was doing a recce for the 4x4 Response Group!
The run back to Kendal was far more relaxed taking in some wonderful MX5 roads and enjoying the  scenery.
Our "Guess the Mileage Competition" ,which consisted of guessing the mileage of all our runs between Spean Bridge cafe to Riverside Hotel Kendal Saturday night, came to an end with 405 miles covered
The winners were Lisa and Martin with Jimmy and Jill in second place.
The evening finished with a lovely Italian meal in Kendal.
We woke up on Sunday to blue skys and sunshine so with a good breakfast had it was time to head home .
We checked out and said our goodbyes to Jimmy and Jill who were heading further south and to Andy and Dorothy who were heading to Morecambe after a trip back up to Windermere.
So we went from the "Magnificent 7" down to the "Famous Five". We had a stop at Gretna retail park before heading north and stopping at Bankfoot for a spot of lunch.
Here we said our goodbyes and headed up the A9 where Martin and Lisa branched off at Newtonmore for home and Wendy branched off for Grantown leaving the "Three Musketeers" to head home.
Next years trip is already being planned but it won't outdo the Hardknott Pass!

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17th Apr 2016 21:19 :: Debby & Bobby
A big thanks to Mandy and Ali for a very memorable mine brack ....Also to the other Hi-5s who also made it very special ,we won't forget those passes in a hurry !!

18th Apr 2016 09:50 :: Wendy
Once again a big thanks to Ali and Mandy for a great weekend and the Hardnott pass will be a talking point for some time to come. The company that's on the trip was just great, a close encounter when we left Kendall was scary and hair dryers choice of word could have been true but thank god they weren't so every one got to their destination safe and well once again a big thank you one and all most enjoyable

18th Apr 2016 20:49 :: Chuck & Gill
A memorable weekend for all the right reasons. Big thanks to Ali & Mandy for taking this one on and doing such a great job. Thanks also to those who came along and contributed to all the fun.

19th Apr 2016 20:34 :: Martin & Lisa
Great weekend thank you to Ali and Mandy for arranging it you are both stars to the rest of the crew many thanks you were all wonderful

19th Apr 2016 22:16 :: Andy & Dorothy
There were no lows on this one ..I think we were all on high. .. loved  reminiscing my old stomping ground . Great company as always, thank you Ali & Mandy and  some great roads in  Durham on our return leg ,..roll on on Roger Whittaker ..

25th Apr 2016 20:26 :: Charles & Gillian
Ali's event report has now been posted.

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