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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Ambleside October 4th 2018

England’s Lake District in Cumbria is the stuff of legend: Wordsworth was inspired to write the arguably most famous poem in the English language after strolling the hills of daffodils, and Beatrix Potter painted and wrote of its flora and fauna. We had great plans to explore the hills and vales ourselves, but got rained out. No matter, we’ve had great fun, and a fabulous townhouse in Kendal as our Cumbrian home. The best of our photos came from the (driest) afternoon of our arrival, but they truly don’t do the countryside justice. We were oohing and aahing at every turn, and it was hard to keep one‘s eyes on the road. Our progress into the heart of the district was slow, as we constantly pulled over to photograph and take it all in. Cumbria has ... read more
Lake District, Cumbria
Lake District, Cumbria
Lake Windermere

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Ambleside May 29th 2016

Leaving Yorkshire Moors, heading for Yorkshire Dales. Bryson suggested a nice hike was from villages of Thaite to Muker hike. Turned out to be a nice walk aling the river, but surpring number of people until we realized it was a long national holiday weeked. Went to Muker, but it was overcrowded and looked like a popular hangout for the "crotch rocket" jet motorbikes. Ribblehead Viaduct was our next stop. Whernside Walk was a great opportunity to get an up close experience at the amazing Ribblehead Viaduct, then a distant view from the top of the dales. I had Googled the best hike at Ambleside and the Fairfield Horseshoe Hike came up. It was my first experience following Wainwright's comments...believe me they are over simplified. And identifying one wayfinding rockpile from the next is a real ... read more
Fairfield Horseshoe Hike
Walking Thwaite to Mucker
Walking Thwaite countryside

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Ambleside May 26th 2016

Off to Edale for breakfast and hike of Kinder Scout. "Kinder Scout has long been a daunting place for walkers. There’s no easy way to scale the flanks of this brooding hump, and when you finally, painstakingly reach the plateau, the moorland that greets you appears bleak and unrelenting. For many , that’s the charm of moorland. The ascent of Kinder is the first stage of the Pennine Way, one of Britain’s most popular long-distance paths. And there is a good case for arguing that Grindsbrook Clough, the original route of the Pennine Way, which inched its way up Kinder, is as tough an ascent as anything between Derbyshire and Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. Very impressive to see the spectacle of The Woolpacks, Crowden Tower and other improbable stone features. This is a moonscape ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Ambleside October 27th 2012

They say that one of the best times to visit the Lake District is in the Autumn and they are so right especially when the weather is fine and the sun shows its face every now and again. We stayed in a converted coach house to the old vicarage near to Wray Castle on the banks of Lake Windermere. On our our first full day we stepped out of the coach house and were soon on the path along the lake that took us to the ferry opposite Windemere. From Windermere we took the ferry across the lake to Ambleside and then back to Wray Castle. It was glorious. The next day we walked around Rydal Water and took in Rydal Mount, where William Wordsworth spent the last few years of his life. Close by was ... read more
On the Lake Windermere ferry
Hill Top
Lynne navigates the rocks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Ambleside July 11th 2012

We packed our bags, and headed down the road to start our next adventure. Our first stop was Lakeland for a quick shop and a fish breakfast Yum!!! After driving through yet another English scattered shower we stoped off in a lake side village by the name of Windermere. The Clouds broke to our delight as we started off on our walk. Windermere is a wonderful little village built on the side of a typical English hill over looking a large lake. There are hourly boat cruises to take many travellers around the lake, we chose to stay on land and fight off extremely large well fed Swans and Canadian Geese. We spent a wonderful afternoon in and out of little shops, till we stumbled upon St. Martian’s Church in the Village Centre. It was originally ... read more
giant swan

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Ambleside January 8th 2012

Photos of Xmas week with Richard, Catherine and Suzanne. XXX... read more
Xmas in Lakes
Langdale Valley
Styckle Ghyll

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Ambleside April 17th 2011

We were fortunate enough to wake to another beautiful day in the Lakes District. Today we purchased a "Walkers Ticket" Our trip began at Ambleside where we boarded the 10am ferry across to view the Wray Castle. We had a lovely walk up and around this majestic castle. The fields surrounding the castle were very green and laced with sheep and lambs. From here it was a 2hour walk around the shores of the Windemere Lake, taking in the beautiful views and taking lots of photos along the way. We arrived at the Ferry House at about 1pm and boarded the Ferry to Bowness. After a very pleasant ferry ride we arrived at Bowness and I was amazed at the number of white swans which lined the waters edge as we approached the jetty. We walked ... read more
Wray Castle
Wray Castle 026
Lakeshore Walk 035

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Ambleside April 3rd 2011

The email was short and sweet. A few train times, Manchester airport 4:06 to Westhoughton 4:56 and a casual “See you soon”. So I was to be picked up at the Westhoughton train station by my friend Mike (who I met in Wellington, New Zealand near the start of this trip). The instructions were simple and proved to be accurate. The only trouble I had was the ticket lady correcting my pronunciation of the town name Westhoughton a few times. I gave up trying to say it properly and she gave up correcting me. I got off the train at the stop I was directed to find out that it wasn't really a train station but just a platform in a little town. It was cool (poor coat selection once again) with no sign of my ... read more
History. Not!
A Nice Ambleside Scene
A Pose

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Ambleside December 23rd 2010

Went to the bottom of Lake Windemere for horse riding. Daniel and David went for a walk while Isabel and Katie received some riding lessons. Then up to Bowness to a Beatrix Potter museum.... read more
YHA morning view
Riding lesson
Riding lesson

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Ambleside December 22nd 2010

Went to Grizedale National Park - lots of snow so bought a sled. The Park had some interested statues and art work along the way.... read more

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