We will land at Manchester airport and hire a car to drive through the lake district stopping to see Hadrian's wall and again in Ornmiston. We will not stop to see the lake visitor center - just want to drive through some beautiful countryside in route. We love to see small towns and stop in little shops or pubs for a rest. We have just 1 day.
I'm from Southern California and when I look at the maps of the lake district I compair it to the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Are we in for steep mountains with winding roads and destined for car sickness? How safe are the roads? Many twists and turns "hairpin curves"?
Also, in early July would you expect rain to complicate the trip?
I'm completely open to route suggestions.. must see's... must eats etc.