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Welcome back to our road trip across the north of England.
In this episode, we're exploring the Lake District, climbing its highest peaks, fishing its lakes and rivers, and sampling the best of Cumbrian cuisine.
Well first up we're at Honister Pass.
We're at Honister Mine, and we're going to be doing some pretty fun stuff today.
It's the last functioning slate mine in England.
So we're going to the climbing technique of Via Ferrata to go along the face of the mountain and then into the mines.
Supposedly, it could get kind of hairy up there I think we're going to be walking along a tight rope over a huge crevasse We're meeting up with Adam, and he's going to be our guide for the day.
Let's do it.
The mining here dates back 800 years.
800 years? 800 years.
My name is Adam, and we're here to do the Via Ferrata, which is Latin for “the iron way.
” It's basically metal rungs that are stapled into the rock face.
If you have vertigo, this is definitely not the sport for you.
You all right back there, Bro? I'm good, yeah.
If you've been watching our channel for a while, you might know I have a massive fear of heights, and now we're looking at this bridge, which looks like a telephone wire.
We're going to have to walk on that, over this valley.
This is our path right here.
This one right there.
Yeah, we're about to go down there.
Oh my god.
How you doing down there, Bro? Big section just waiting for you.
This is so cool.
We're literally hanging off a rock precipice thousands of feet above the Lake District You guys, that was just the warm up, believe it or not.
Here comes the grand finale.
We're going to cross this suspension bridge.
This is called what? The Burma Bridge The Burma Bridge.
And why's that? It originates from Burma from the military for access over the large ravines there.
Well, you're up first.
I'm trying not to look down.
I just looked down.
This is the most spectacular place.
I'm just standing on a little metal wire.
This is nuts.
Check this out.
So we're at the tunnel entrance for climbing the mine.
We're going to walk in through this tunnel for about 300 metres into Mordor into the depths.
Let's go for it.
Not claustrophobic This is crazy.
Pretty incredible, guys.
Right now we're inside a cavern.
This big opening.
We followed what was once a little railroad track, which they would have used to ferry out these big slabs of slate.
But, I cannot imagine what it would have been like to live down here.
to spend your entire life down here.
to be an eight year old kid working in a mine like this and then living and dying here.
Pretty grim existence.
Apparently, this is more physical than what we did outside.
So here goes nothing.
Adam, thank you man.
That was so cool.
Well we made it out of the caves.
It's a beautiful day, and now we're heading down to Ambleside Look at them come.
Come little duckies.
What's up? I'm Marko.
This is Alex We're the Vagabrothers And right now we're at the Lake District.
It has been a long, extremely fun day, but I've worked up an appetite.
Now we're in Ambleside where we're going to be staying for the night.
We're going to have dinner at the Old Stamp House.
This place is the former office of the romantic poet, William Wordsworth.
The chefs inside are doing some really cool stuff with some local food.
So, let's check it out.
With pleasure We aim to provide an experience of the food and the food culture of Cumbria so we use native, local ingredients and try to offer visitors to the area an experience of what Cumbria has to offer.
Man, last night's dinner was so good.
It's a really good way to sample the region.
It was really good.
So today, on the plate, we are going from Ambleside here into Grasmere and Rydall It's our last day here in the Lake District, so we're going to get in in heart of it and see how much we can do.
We've just got to Rydall Mount It's in the village of Rydall, which is right next to Ambleside.
And this was the home of William Wordsworth.
Wordsworth was part of the romantic poets who developed in reaction to the Industrial Revolution.
Although that movement brought a lot of prosperity, it also brought a lot of negative things: dense cities, pollution, economic inequality.
So being out here, in nature, was basically seen as a virtue.
We're going to go into his house with the curator of the museum and find out a bit more about this fine English poet.
My name is Peter Elkington, and I live here at Rydall Mount, the home of William Wordsworth where he lived for 37 years and died here.
The romantics really like to be part of nature.
They observed nature and looked at nature as an inspiration to some of their poetry.
And Wordsworth, especially, loved to be even as a young boy loved to be out walking amongst all the fowls and the countryside of the Lake District.
Here we are walking through Wordsworth's garden.
Let's see if we can be inspired ourselves with some extemporaneous verse.
Here in this district beside the lake beauty of nature.
I shall not forsake.
And in the morning I won't have cornflake.
I shall have sausage and beans.
Because we are in England, and an English breakfast is ever so full with no greens but it's never that dull.
With bacon and sausge and eggs just poached with a bit of toast.
You must not be coached.
English breakfast, you inspire me with energy for the day.
I do believe that English breakfast is the way.
That's the end of our rhyming.
To wrap things up here in the Lake District, we've come to Esthwaite Water where we're going to try our hand at fishing.
We're going to have a fly rod to try to catch some trout, and we're going to have a spinning rod to try to catch a pike.
They've been referred to as a “f.
ing great white shark” of the lake.
I'm picturing this as starting off like “The River Runs Through It” and ending like “Jaws.
” We're going to hop in one of these little boats, paddle out there, and spend a bit of time on the water.
While Alex has been fishing, I've been taking a page from Wordsworth writing some verses.
Oh really? What do you have? Oh blessed day upon the lake Though not a single fish we take Tis but the latest day That we seize since dawn Feasting our eyes until the sun is gone.
In the fork of the road where most turn south We traveled north from Celtic stones to Roman walls From lonesome abbeys to Viking halls From factories that once spewed smoke To the lakes and fells where Wordsworth wrote And now the end draws nigh So brief our time I almost cried.
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