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Life in the slow lane in England’s Lake District


It’s a bright and beautiful morning in the Lake District and I’m stuck in half a mile of slow moving traffic.

In actual fact I, or rather my mode of transport, is the cause.

But rather than beep their horns in annoyance the trail of drivers behind me have slowed down without a fuss and haven’t even bothered to try and overtake.

It is probably because the gypsy caravan I’m travelling in, being carried by two shire horses, is a bit of a spectacle as it winds its way along the motorway.

Roughing it Bear Grylls style I’ve spent the night sleeping in the wagon and this is my second day on the road.

The two working horses, Charlie and Bob, can manage around seven miles a day pulling my temporary home, which includes a bed, plenty of storage space and a stove.

Although not the most efficient or speedy way to get around it does offer an entirely unique perspective of the surrounding Cumbrian landscape.

Perched on the front of the wagon, with the horses clip clopping ahead, I am able to look out on some of the most breathtaking views England has to offer while the sturdy shire horses make their clippety cloppety way along country roads, propelling you into a time long gone where every journey was done by foot or with horses.

The Lake District, which prides itself on providing the inspiration for Beatrix Potter’s children’s books, is home to a wide variety of wild animals and wildlife and as we travel slowly through the stunning landscape we spot grazing lambs, deer and rare birds.

After the initial excitement of this unique mode of transport I was able to sit back and start to soak in the rhythm of the road and the effortless experience is a relaxing one.

The gypsy caravan holidays are being offered to adventurous tourists keen on experiencing something a bit different.

The ornate wagons have been handmade by talented craftsman, Barny Maurice, who has also provided a number of the unique holiday homes to the Low Wray campsite, near Lake Windermere, to be used as stationary accommodation.

With a flexible itinerary and Lake District local Barny as your guide, you will be stopping off at some of the most stunning beauty spots to cook on an open fire.

You will also get the chance to visit some of the many popular villages and towns in the area like Kendal, where you can try out the world famous mint cake or Grasmere where tourists flock to eat gingerbread and to visit the William Wordsworth museum.

These beautifully crafted gypsy wagons are truly a sight to behold and we attract plenty of attention as we arrive into the village and towns which adds to the fun of the trip.

We also made our way to the magnificent Castle Rigg stone circle, believed to be a ceremonial meeting place around 4,500 years ago.

To find out more about glamping at Low Wray campsite and outdoor survival days visit www.wildinstyle.co.uk or visit www.wanderlusts.co.uk to find out more about gypsy caravanning.

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