David and I are suckers for the more forest-y vacations. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate a beach for a day or two. David, however, would die at the first blast of heat. But, we both like to explore. We find this relaxing. We have been to Bar Harbor, ME; Portsmouth, NH; Gatlinburg, TN; and now Ambleside, Cumbria, UK.
The Lake District is known for it’s beautiful lakes and hills (fells). We are staying in a small town called Ambleside which is situated north of Lake Windermere. We are experiencing our first traditional inn. A true inn is a pub that has rooms to stay in. We are getting quite the workout being on the third floor (fourth floor for Americans).
Daffodils and crocuses grow everywhere here. Sadly, they are a little late this time of year, but still pretty.
Lake Windermere is the largest lake in England. It is 1 mile wide and 11 miles long. Most of the commercial/touristy parts are on the east side of the lake. You can travel by ferry to the west side of the lake which houses Wray Castle, the Ferry House, and further west is Hill Top Farm. Hill Top Farm is the property owned by Beatrix Potter. She helped preserve the land with what is now the National Trust.
On our first day, we took the ferry from Ambleside to Wray Castle. Wray Castle is a 19th century castle and didn’t really interest us. So, we started the 4 mile walk to the Ferry House. Making a few stops on the way for photos, pipe break for David, snacks, and then lunch.
I only took a picture of these two because David was talking to them. Not joking, I snapped this picture, turned, and David said, “The ducks are mating.” Sure enough…
I was able to take some pictures of David before I realized what happened next.
The rowing team and a ferry snuck up on me.
There were a few redwoods. Not Californian obviously but still impressive.
Before we left Ambleside we walked around looking for a good picnic lunch. We happened upon Catch of the Deli. They had jams, pickles, cheese, meats, and bread. We picked up an oat loaf and some delicious garlic cheese. Along with some grocery store salami and Babybels. I was able to take a Panorama of the Lake during one of our breaks.
Overall, the day was wonderful. We walked about 7-8 miles and my legs felt like jelly. But, it was perfect. Sunny, 48F, no bugs. We were so pleased. Today, is a little more relaxing. David is off at the lake doing his creative, pipe smoking, reading, adorableness thing while I write this. So, I will continue later!