Hi from the North of England
I had 2 and a half hours to wait for my train. I’d checked with a station staff member who asked if I’d just flown in. My first thought was Do I look that bad? Then I realised my bag still had the labels on.
No hesitation, he found a creative way to unburden me of my luggage* and sent me off to take a look around Lancaster Castle which overlooks the railway station. Have you been up there? Er, not for about 50 years. Off you go then.
It was the best thing he could possibly have done for me. There were a handful of people around. Everyone I passed smiled and said hello. I walked past the castle and followed the signs to the Roman Bath House. The walk and the fresh air were just what I needed. I was amongst trees and woodland flowers and I felt on a soul level that this was what I’d been wanting for so long. It was wonderfully restorative.
I found the site of the Roman Bath House then wandered along the riverside pathway and back up to the castle where I remembered that part of the castle is still a functioning prison. It was an odd juxtaposition to have tourists wandering round and part of the castle has inmates courtesy of Her Majesty.
I could only imagine what the facilities were like in such an ancient building. I gave the tea rooms a miss, although some of the cakes looked tempting and went back to catch the train.
*Left luggage facilities ceased to exist in the 70s because of IRA bombings. This was a classic example knowing the rules and how to bend them to create amazing customer service. His employer, Richard Branson, would be proud.
Read about the Roman Bath House https://lancashirepast.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/lancaster-roman-baths-and-wery-wall/