Last weekend, with temperatures still in the high 20s, we drove (almost) the length of the Duddon Valley in west Cumbria. Away from the crowds flocking to the honey-pots only a few miles away, we enjoyed mostly empty roads and few people.
The Duddon Valley, also known as Dunnerdale, runs from Broughton-in-Furness on the coast up to Cockley Beck - the hamlet at the point where the Wrynose and Hardknott passes meet. The narrow Duddon road follows the river closely with twists and turns and some breathtaking views. We didn’t quite get to Cockley Beck because of a bridge closure but the journey was no less dramatic for that. We’ll return when the bridge has been repaired.