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Thursday 26th May

Keswick – Day 4 
Rise and shine! An early start was needed today as we had a boat to catch. This meant making our lunch for the day, before enjoying breakfast and hurrying down to the launch for a ride on Derwentwater Lake. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side this morning and waterproofs were needed. This didn’t stop us though with the majority choosing to sit in the open air for the trip. It was an exhilarating ride as the rain came down and the waves splashed up. We’d have liked to have seen the views of the surrounding hills and mountains but the mist and rain prevented that. Once the boat had docked on the launch, we trudged off looking like we’d been on a log flume. 
We then began our walk for the day, setting off up the hill through the forest. We passed by a flowing stream, saw many fields containing cows of differing ‘make and model’ and took in the beautiful image of the rain moving across the mountains. Our trip was cut short as a result of the deluge so we headed back to the centre to eat our lunch. Soggy sandwiches didn’t sound very appealing.  
After lunch, the rain cleared which allowed for a visit to the park. We played on the playground and played a few basketball games. Then we ventured back to the centre via a different route. The old rail route into Keswick has been turned into a footpath which stretches for several miles. Many of the old features can still be seen including the former station which is now a hotel and the original tunnel. We also had a visit from the Doctor on the way home! 
A few cups of tea and games later we put our gladrags on and went to the Old Keswickian for our tea. The children were very respectful in the restaurant and enjoyed their two-course meal of either chicken nuggets, sausage or burger and chips followed by ice-cream. We also said thank you to Mr and Mrs Harding who have joined us on our walking days to help us out. Time for a film, hot chocolate and to start finding all our belongings ready to pack.