No. 24: Lacy’s Caves

I visited a beautiful, quiet corner of Cumbria this week.

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A peaceful walk up through woodland leads you to the caves, they are carved from sandstone and provide a fantastic view out over the river Eden – although clearly the local teenagers have sussed it out as a great place to drink and start fires, but it’s not like that is without it’s charm.

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The walk, with my good friend Mac, saw us discover a local resident in need of help…

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It’s the first time I’ve seen a mole above ground, it was scrabbling around blindly on the main path – Mac swept it up in his hands and got it back on it’s merry way – I hope that the little fuzz ball is now carving a few natural caves of it’s own!

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After a good explore, we carried on in search of somewhere even more important…

A decent spot to throw ourselves into the river Eden…

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The charm of Cumbria and the lakes is endless, it was an opportunity to let my mind switch off and take in some calm. These kind of trips are what I anchor myself in – I re-visit them when I’m clamped between armpits on the train to work and they inspire me to focus when I’m feeling lost.

I always hope that other people are able to find a way to centre themselves, no matter what their problems are, sometimes you just need to hit the brakes and scale a mountain, down a bottle, write a symphony or simply throw yourself into the current of a cold river and revive your senses…

 

 

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