My lovely girl-friend Kathakoli, as I’m sure many of you know, is a regular contributor to this blog, combining her formidable talents as a runner and a writer.
Today’s post is a lovely, heartening one, since it lets those of us unable to travel have a glimpse into The World Outside.
Because Katha and Dave have gone on holiday…quite 🙂
Can you even remember what “going on holiday” means? And how it felt?
So, let’s join this running couple on their first holiday post-Covid-19.
Over to Katha:
“We set off yesterday for our first holiday since Covid 19 hit the world, with our bikes on the roof rack, wetsuits and running shoes in our bags and far more clothes than we need.
Clearly, we have forgotten what & how to pack!
This holiday was due in back in May as an ‘active’ holiday leading up to Dave’s 50th.
And we kept re-booking in hope that the lockdown restrictions would ease. And it has.
Though I must admit, I was a bit tentative when we entered our beautiful and clean room.
I was washing my hands after touching every surface and was quite tempted to unpack the towels we are carrying with us, rather than use the spotless white towels provided.
But I am feeling more and more normal as time has gone by.
So anyway we are in the Lakes, which is at our doorstep, for our holiday.
But we have chosen the less touristy, less busy western part of the Lakes for the first two days.
Our BnB is less than a mile from Ravenglass, an erstwhile Roman town and a coastal hamlet that lies on the estuary of three rivers—the Esk, the Mite and the Irt. It is supposedly the only coastal village in the Lake District.
So after yesterday’s scenic & breezy walk there (during which I made Dave sanitise his hands every time he touched a pedestrian gate), I chose the same route for my short run this morning.
The route takes you past acres and acres of farmlands and pastures, a railway crossing and before you know it, there’s the estuary shimmering in the morning sun.
You can see fishermen’s cottages dotted along one side of the beach and silhouette of the Wasdale and Eskdale fells in the background (I think).
So there, first COVID-19 holiday run done.
This was followed by a bike ride upto Seascale Beach.
Let’s hope we can make the most of it.“
Katha, your estuary is lovely!! And, I must confess, I’ve never heard of Ravenglass, despite several trips to the Lake District over the years…on to the To Do list it goes, as and when we can travel again…
But how strange it is that something as previously straight forward as a visit to the Lake District is now something to be prepared for and thought about.
This virus has changed everything – but I am so happy for you that you can now travel.
And, in these Covid days – #staysafe 🙂