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South Lakeland District

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  • Day128

    Farewell Scotland - Welcome Back England

    October 12, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    We were given a rainy farewell from Scotland but it held off long enough for us to enjoy our very last stop in Scotland, Gretna Green, a popular wedding destination, due to its romantic wedding traditions dating back over centuries, which originated from cross-border elopements stemming from differences between Scottish marriage laws and those in neighbouring countries. Historically, Gretna Green was the first village across the border.
    Meanwhile, across the border in England, we stopped at Aira Force, a waterfall in the English Lake District. The site of the waterfall is owned by the National Trust. It was a short easy walk, although quite muddy, but glad we decided to do it on the way to Windermere. The rain had stopped and tomorrow's forecast was not good. Beautiful falls!
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  • Day129

    Windermere and the Lake District

    October 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    This is a return to a favourite place for Al and me . We were in Windermere in 2014 and it is a good feeling when not too much has changed - particularly when it doesn't need changing. Visited some familiar places (Ambleside, Grasmere (the poet William Wordsworth lived here for 14 years and described it as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found."), and Bowness) and some new ones, Keswick and Matterdale (Aira Force Falls) and some of the narrowest most winding roads ever made (our GPS insists on taking us on these). Raining but still beautiful.Read more

  • Day19

    Glasgow to Windermere

    September 19 in the United Kingdom

    Considering it is the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow would be one of the easiest to get in and out of. We collected the car from the carpark and were on the road by 10. We headed off in very heavy rain on the motorway to Carlisle. By the time we were there the wind had got up and was at it’s worse between Carlisle and Cockermouth, where we stopped for a lovely coffee at very quaint tearooms. We carried on knowing the storm hitting Scotland was behind us. By the time we were driving through the beautiful countryside and villages of Keswick and Ambleside it was barely raining and still quite warm. We carried onto Windermere and had to do quite a drive around to find Glencree Guest House. It seems there are two distinct areas, Windermere and Bowness-on -Windermere and we are right in the middle, ten minutes from each. Both areas are full of guest houses and the lake front itself looks busy with activities. We will see what the weather brings tomorrow as to what we will do. Tonight we wandered up and down finally settling on a lovely restaurant in Bowness to eat at. Ready now for an early night as breakfast is served in the dining room between 8 and 9.Read more

  • Day20


    September 20 in the United Kingdom

    An amazing day exploring the Windermere area. Got up for breakfast in the guesthouse dining room. Then headed down to Bowness where we boarded a large boat which carried us over to Wray Castle( about 40 minutes). The weather was overcast with some sunshine and very mild. The lake was still and the scenery was stunning. Many huge manor houses were visible in isolated spots around the shore and there was a variety of boats out on the water. The forest came down to the water’s edge and there were numerous little bays. Our boat pulled into the village of Ambleside and we immediately boarded a much smaller craft which took us another 15 minutes to Wray Castle. We wandered around the grounds before setting off on the 6km walk along the edge of the lake. The walk was flat and through beautiful forest with lake views all the way. No squirrels, otter, deer or foxes though which was disappointing! We stopped at a caravan site for 15 minutes to chat to the owner of one of the caravans. All good until we were just about running at the end to catch the small boat back over to Bowness 35 seconds late, which the driver made a big deal of! Otherwise would have had to wait another hour and a half. Had a coffee back in Bowness and then caught the bus to Ambleside Village. By this time it was raining and it only got worse while we were there. However we did manage to stay dry as we went in and out of the shops. We returned to Bowness in the bus at 4 30 and chatted to a lovely English couple (she had been to David Lange’s wedding as was a family friend of Naomi Lange) and then spent a frustrating hour trying to connect to the wifi. Gave up and headed into town where we ate at a Thai restaurant which was recommended-and such a lovely change from pub food. We then went for a lovely walk as the rain had stopped. Finished up having a lovely cocktail in a bar. All in all a beautiful day despite the weather.Read more

  • Day103

    Up North - Lake District Nationalpark

    November 21, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Und wenn du denkst: "Mehr regnen kann es nicht", dann geh immer nach Norden und du wirst die Straße vor Bächen nicht mehr sehen können...

    Der Lake District Nationalpark ist wunderschön und es gibt schon in naher Umgebung unfassbare Landschaften zu sehen. Empfehlungsrate für Naturliebhaber 100%!

  • Day30

    Worden Hall and Windermere Lake, England

    September 18, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Left Liverpool to head to the Lakes District today. On the way we stopped at Worden Hall, Leyland where the Farington family owned an estate for 25 generations until 1974. The Farington ancestry has been traced from my mother's side of the family. The estate is now an enormous parkland for the town and the buildings and Manor are partly in use by local artists and as a coffee shop.
    We drove onto Bowness-on-Windermere which is on Windermere Lake, the largest natural lake in England. We had a sumptuous lunch overlooking the lake then cruised a loop from Bowness to the northern most point, Ambleside. Cruising or walking around the lake is ideal because if driving the car there are no pull over areas and the bushes are right up to the edge of the road so there is very little chance to see anything.
    After a detour to the Gingerbread shop in Grasmere we had an interesting side trip through the narrow back farm lanes to get to our accommodation tonight in Kendal.
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