Our voucher was for The Pennington, a gorgeous hotel in Ravenglass, a charming coastal village on the west coast of the Lake District in Cumbria, England. We arrived on Thursday morning too early to check-in (around 11am) so we dropped our suitcase off and started to explore the area.
The village is super small so we made our way along the main road to the neighbouring tourist attraction of Muncaster Castle. We had planned to spend Friday exploring this area but we had nothing better to do and it was still relatively early so we decided to enter (£11pp). This would prove to be the first of many correct decisions made on this trip.
In addition to their lovely grounds there is an owl reserve on their land and at 2:30pm they put on a very entertaining bird show. We got to see a common buzzard, barn owl, and eagle owl in action and learn a bit about their plight here in the UK. Afterwards, we made our way to the actual sanctuary where they house many more varieties, all available for adoption. The owls are fed dead chicks, which we got to witness, and then at 4:30pm the leftovers are fed to a rather large but patient group of wild herons. The whole experience at Muncaster Castle was magical and easily supplanted Glamis Castle as our new favourite in the UK.
Day Two saw us rambling 6 miles into the park to the town of Boot, along the River Esk. One of the great things about the UK is the fact that one can probably get anywhere via Public Footpath. We hadn't known that there was a trail from Ravenglass to Boot but we knew we wanted to go and assumed we'd eventually hit a trail so we just started rambling. Public Footpaths, Bridleways, and Right of Ways (all free to use) are definitely lovely perks of the British countryside.
The rest of our time was spent sampling local real ales from the various establishments we stumbled upon, resting at our lovely hotel, and walking along the pebble beach at low tide. We left Saturday afternoon with giant smiles on our faces from a weekend well done.
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