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Windermere

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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

    Windermere

    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

  • Day11

    Loch, Loch, Loch and other things

    July 14, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Yesterday we followed the waters edge of many a Loch and today is similar.
    We leave Onich shadowing lochs until we reach port town Oban. A very pretty seaside village where we do our best right at the start to upset the status quo by trying to drive up a narrow walkway.
    Realizing the error of our ways quite quickly when some bollards appeared in front of us on the slope we reversed back down and turned down another narrow laneway for our getaway. Eventually we parked our car in town and made the walk up to McCaigs Tower ruins to take in the views of Oban port and back down again before taking a wander in the main area.
    On the way to Oban and around Oban we have even had time to take a video call from Chloe & Anthony at Etihad to watch St Kilda v Essendon. You just know that isn't going to end well for someone. Chloe kept Phil up to date with the scores and he and Chloe were today's sad faces. A big difference to last week.
    No time to dally today though so back into the silver streak (aka Astra).
    We have then followed the length of Loch Lamond which has provided some stunning scenery and slow traffic. We pulled into Luss for an essential stop and snack. You find this place is quaint when you start to wander the streets. And, it has a smoke house - yum.
    I now have local smoked salmon pate in the car. Can't wait to buy biscuits. I will be in a very happy place when we sit down to relax with the pate, biscuits and liqueur.
    South of Glasgow I think we have discovered 'power central'. We have passed by possibly 150-200 wind turbines on the surrounding hills. Obviously a breezy neighborhood!
    Eventually we arrived in Windermere in the Lakes District at 6.15 pm.
    A big day behind the wheel for Mr Hands.
    Scotland has now been left behind to discover more of England.
    We found ourselves in a Spanish restaurant for dinner and enjoyed relaxing over tapas with sangria and beer.
    What do you know, it started raining and we didn't take our waterproofs with us when we walked into town which meant a brisk walk home to minimise how wet we got. So much for relaxing, have to laugh!

    Phil - Big drive today. 325 km. At the start I am on roads that are only wide enough for 2 horse drawn carts. I am sitting on an average 20 miles per hour, no passing lanes and slow locals who are on their way to church. I have lost track of the number of vehicles in front of me, who have nearly had a close encounter up their exhaust pipe.
    Then I hit the motorways. Yippee, although the Astra needed another gear.
    I was sitting on 74 mph, 118 kmp, the speed limit, and had a stack of cars passing me going at least 90-100 mph. Great road , 3 lanes wide each way, over 400 kms long. . This is what we need from Melbourne to Sydney.
    Massive number of wind turbines all over the hills. Most I have ever seen. In Australia we are worried about the pink bellied, black bum parrot getting killed by the rotating blades. Looking at the pace they travel, if a bird gets hit by one, I would say it should have opened its bloody eyes.
    Having a bit of trouble with the language. Once some one starts talking quickly, I am gone. It is all jumbled up, plus the accent just makes it all another language. So as much as I am trying, Wendy then takes me to a Spanish restaurant where the waitress has a major spanish accent, and I have no idea what she is saying. Mind you, she was not sure what I was saying either, so I got my own back.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Windermere, ويندرمير, ویندرمر، کامبریا, ウィンダミア, Byen Windermere, 文德米爾

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