Return to the Lakes

During my Easter holidays, I managed to get back to my home town and out into the Lake District, one of the most beautiful national parks in the country (I’m not biased…) to take a few photos. A lot of them were not taken with my camera, but with my iPhone SE. The camera on my phone isn’t as great as my Canon, but it does a job, so please forgive the reduced quality of the following pictures.

Through the first week, an American friend from my language school in France came to stay with my family and I. The first day she was with us, we visited Ambleside, Windermere (the largest lake in England), and Bowness.

One of the most well-known places in Ambleside is Bridge House. It sits on the top of (surprise, surprise) a bridge over Stock Beck, and is owned by the National Trust. Over the years, it’s been painted by many artists, and Harriet Martineau wrote about it in her ‘Guide to the English Lake District’ in 1858, stating that “the odd little grey dwelling … is the ancient house which is considered the most curious relic in Ambleside of the olden time.”

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After grabbing a bit of lunch in one of the many Ambleside pubs, we made our way around the shores of Windermere, finally parking in Bowness. There were an awful lot of swans, geese, and ducks by the lakeside. In hindsight, maybe it wasn’t the best place to take a friend who has a slight fear of birds.

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Of course, where there are lakes, there are jetties and boats. The natural lines these create are just great for lake photos, so of course I took some.

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On Windermere, they have lake cruises which take passengers on many routes to Ambleside at the northern point of the lake down to Lakeside in the south, stopping at Bowness and Brockhole en route. You can often see one or more of the steamers tied up on the piers, or shuttling people on the lake.

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Last stop of the day was out to Cockshott Point, a small bit of land that protrudes into the lake. It’s a great spot to watch the sun go down, or as a starting place for a day’s walk. The rocks are pretty great for climbing on too, if like Connie and myself, you’re clinging onto your youthful heart.

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The following day, Connie, my sister, and I took a trip to Keswick. After stopping in at the Old Keswickian chippy (an absolute must for any visitors!) we made our way to the Puzzling Place, and then down to the shores of Derwent Water.

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We weren’t able to rent a rowing boat as the season hadn’t really kicked off when we were there, but they make for some nice photos. Instead, Connie decided to make friends with some of the local wildlife.

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The last stop on any proper Lakes tour should always be Grasmere, even if it’s only to grab yourself a pack of the famous Grasmere Gingerbread from the smallest shop in the country.

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That brought us to the end of our little trip this time, but to find out more about the places we visited, please use the links below:

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