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Published: February 10th 2020
Where is Gabby the motorhome parked up. She is parked up on the side of the road just outside the town of Bowness on Windermere. The town provides many parking spots . The cars have their own car park nearest the lake and the town. The motorhomes are outside of town on larger plots by the roadside . Why we wondered did the town put the motorhomes furthest out of town? The able bodied young in their cars parked up closest to the lake . Less far to walk .. The vans more often than not driven by pensioners and the elderly were out of town. It does not make sense does it - making the oldest walk the furthest. At least it was free all year round. Between Good Friday and October we could only park here for two hours free however today being a February morning we could park all day for nothing. Thankyou Bowness . At last a town that appreciates motorhomes and the trade they bring to the town.
How did we get here ? We had not planned to come to the Lake District . Both of us had been before. Many years ago with
different people. For both of us the memories were of narrow roads , rainfall and mist. We never came back . That was not until today. It was Sunday and the roads were still narrow but it was quiet . It was still raining and quite heavy drops were falling on Gabby. The mist had settled on the hills which were reminiscent of the Peak District . Stone walls reminded us of the Peak District. Sheep reminded us of Wales .
The town of Bowness looked quite pretty. It and Windermere joined together to form one continuous town along the bottom of the lake . As we walked we talked about motorhoming in our home country comparing it with the continent . We talked about the recent elections and the final exit from the EU. Were our EHIC cards still in date? What would happen to them when the transitional period ended on the 31st December 2020? Would we have problems with increased insurance? Probably but there was nothing we could do about it. We had been waiting for our Tesco vouchers . When they arrive we can book our first tour of the year. After ten minutes of talking and walking we were in town . Due to its position on the banks of Lake Windermere the town has become a tourist hotspot with boats lining the waters edge . None were out today because of the awful weather. We imagined though how lovely it would be in the height of the season. Shops and cafes lined the street. We could eat ice creams or buy the best fish and chips in the Lake District. The independent shops were interesting and different. On a nicer day we might have sat at the cafes and had a bite to eat . On a better day we would have gone from shop to shop. However today it was so dismal we just walked along the waters edge still talking about Brexit and its implications.
As we walked we saw the boat trips available . Even on such a miserable day they were being filled by the tourists. £9.50 would give a return trip to the islands . A trip could be made to the next town of Ambleside for the princely sum of £11.60. On a better day we might have gone on a boat trip. The lake though was shrouded in mist.
We will come back again . Despite the poor weather and the misty lake the area looked interesting . Much better than the last time we visited. Readers of Arthur Ransoms Swallows and Amazons series of books would recognise Bowness . ' There was a collection of boats at the Windermere Steamboat Museum which housed an iron steamboat. We saw it on the water with its smoke coming out of its funnel . It is also the home of the Beatrix Potter museum . So plenty to see and plenty to come back for .
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