Lake District (1)


For the second part of our honeymoon, R and I went to the Lake District for a week. We stayed in a very nice (and tiny) cottage, in the grounds of somebody’s house in Windermere, and travelled around by bus.

There are quite a lot of photos, so I‘ve split this into two parts.


Arriving by train from York, we found the cottage and got settled in. After that we went for a short walk down to the lakeside; good to see an actual lake once you arrive in the Lake District.

The first pretty waterfall we saw.
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A nice tree by the lake.
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Boathouse and greyish lake view.
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We walked up to the local viewpoint, a hill called Orrest Head. The summit is 238 metres above sea level (ground here being about 50 metres), which means it isn’t very high by local standards, although R would point out that it definitely counts as a mountain in East Anglia.

Mossy wall by a road on the way up.
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View from the top looking south along Lake Windermere.
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View inland.
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Tilted tree.
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Grating in building.
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Later in the afternoon we took a walk to Bowness, the next town down the lake, and around the amusingly-named Cockshott Point.

Nice dead tree.
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Looking across (some of) the lake at Belle Isle House.
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A short trip on the (rather expensive) local bus took us to Ambleside, the next town northwards. Some of the buses are open-topped, so you can take pictures from them and/or get rained on.

Small hill and trees, from the bus. Sign: Ambleside Flower Show.
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Ambleside is rather prettier than Windermere, but doesn’t have a railway station. We wandered around the town and had lunch in a rather nice café.

Not part of the flower show.
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Picture from a very small house built into a bridge, which is open to the public.
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Nonfunctional water-wheel.
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Building with triangular chimneytops.
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Curving path.
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According to our agreement, this was a non-walking day (we were alternating). But there were waterfalls shown on the map very near Ambleside, so I suggested that a short stroll out there didn’t count.

Looking back down steps uphill by buildings.
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Nice fence.
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Helpful sign 1.
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Helpful sign 2. They're big on the ☜ symbol here!
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Despite appearances, we had not in fact reached the waterfalls.
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These are the waterfalls.
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White water, trees, and sunlight near the top (1).
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White water, trees, and sunlight near the top (2).
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On Tuesday we planned a walk on the opposite side of the lake, using the publicly-run ferry from Bowness (of which more later). The circular walk went to the village of Far Sawrey, then in a large loop around an area called Claife Heights.

Signpost for Far Sawrey.
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Nice tree (1).
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Nice tree (2).
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After a little way out, the path starts looking a bit more rugged and the landscape a little wilder (well, for England).

Rocks near Moss Eccles Tarn.
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Track and trees.
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We ate our lunch overlooking Wise Een Tarn.
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The Scale Tarn.
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Trees, some of which are even the right way up.
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Looking back at the last two tarns.
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Damp footpath.
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Plantation treetrunks.
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Cleared forest.
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Radio transmitter, Windermere, oncoming weather.
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Marshy pond.
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Desolate landscape.
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Rocky outcrop.
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R waiting patiently by another outcrop.
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Small but reflective pond.
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Dry stone walls.
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Sun shining through clouds on our way down.
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Near the ferry point there’s a building called Claife Viewing Station, built in 1790s specifically for visitors to view the lake from. We climbed up a little way to the building and did just that.

View down the road toward the lake.
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Slightly more picturesque view from viewing station.
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At this point, we just missed the ferry - no problem, except that, as we discovered, it had now stopped running for the day (despite being scheduled to continue until 22:00 according to their website, with no obvious signs to the contrary). Oops. We sat waiting around hoping it would come back, which could have been a long wait, but were soon rescued by a very kind local man who had arrived in his car also hoping for the ferry. He gave us a lift all the way around the lake back to Windermere.


We took the bus again to Grasmere, a tourist hotspot mainly featuring the Wordsworth house/museum (which we didn’t go to). After having lunch in a café, we strolled around the town.

River Rothay.
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On our way back, we got off the bus at a place called Rydal, basically to see if there was anything there. Turned out that there is: there’s a stately home called Rydal Hall, which is now a Church of England retreat venue. Their grounds are open to the public, as is the tearoom in an old school house, which we found not only to be reasonably priced but possibly the best tearoom of the entire trip (and we tested quite a few). Also, right next to the tearoom there’s a fairly impressive stream.

The fairly impressive stream.
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A waterfall constructed for the gardens.
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Lion fountain. (Probably unnecessary given general climate.)
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View while sheltering from said climate.
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Rydal Hall.
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Part of the local church.
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Sundial in churchyard; of limited use.
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More to follow in part two!

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