View from The Struggle

Sunlit Hillside

Sunlit Hillside © 2013 Mufidah Kassalias

A couple of days ago Sean and I drove up The Struggle, a steep road with an average 20% incline that connects the town of Ambleside to the Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District.

Of Kirkstone Pass, Wordsworth wrote: “Who comes not hither ne’er shall know how beautiful the world below.”

How very true.


Mufidah Kassalias

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15 responses

  1. Your post reminded me of a poem by the Victorian poet Arthur Hugh Clough (1819–1861):

    Say not the struggle naught availeth,
    The labour and the wounds are vain,
    The enemy faints not, nor faileth,
    And as things have been they remain.

    If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars;
    It may be, in yon smoke conceal’d,
    Your comrades chase e’en now the fliers,
    And, but for you, possess the field.

    For while the tired waves, vainly breaking,
    Seem here no painful inch to gain,
    Far back, through creeks and inlets making,
    Comes silent, flooding in, the main.

    And not by eastern windows only,
    When daylight comes, comes in the light;
    In front the sun climbs slow, how slowly!
    But westward, look, the land is bright!

  2. If you are thinking about crossing the Hardknott pass I would say don’t unless you have VERY strong stomachs and excellent brakes.. it’s 1 in 3 ! I did it in Feb last year ( probably not the best month!) and it was THE scrariest thing I have ever done, by a mile..

    • We didn’t cross the Hardknott Pass, but it’s good to know one has to be prepared, so if we return to the Lakes and decide to cross the pass I’ll remember your advice. :-)