Travels to the Lake District
I have just gotten back from a trip to the lake district and the best I can say is WOW! Having never been and I’ll be honest it was never top of my list, but a friend persuaded me by telling me that it’s a beautiful area with multiple lakes, walks, pubs and attractions – all of which I love to and call relaxing!
So once persuaded we booked a cottage via AirB&B and went on our way and I wasn’t disappointed, we arrived in Bowness-on-Windermere which is just a little South West of Windermere itself and the views were breathing taking and our cottage was just as lovely, it was situated at top of a hill with log fire and no Wifi meaning I had no choice but to switch off and relax.
On the Tuesday we decided to stretch our legs and go for a hike around one of the lakes, it was a lovely day and with an area so lovely even a person who hates walking would find it hard to resist venturing out and seeing more of the area up close. One of the best things we liked was getting across the lake, as it’s rather large and more than likely would’ve taken us a few days to get around it, we took a small shortcut by taking the ferry across the lake which helped get us started, then it was a gentle walk through the woods and along the lake taking in the views and reminding us that life isn’t too bad sometimes.
Taking 5 during a hike around one of the lakes
Half way around we arrived at Wray Castle which is now run by the National Trust and is different from other trust houses. The majority are old buidlings filled with paintings, furniture and antiques with a long family history behind it, Wray Castle however from the outside is a stunning Gothic castle but inside comes across more “tired” but none the less filled with a unique history and comes with an added bonus that unlike other National Trust buildings that have closed off rooms, Wray Castle has none meaning you can search every room from kitchens to the attic!
After a brief walk around the ground and a few photos, we took the boat again to Ambleside which is little larger than Bowness and has more to do for kids like crazy golf which as always I couldn’t resist having a go at p.s I won (again)
After a little more walking around, looking at the buildings and variety of shops we took chance to have a quick drink before catching the ferry back to the cottage.
Later in the week, we took a drive up to a Buddhist temple which having never seen one before in this country was fascinated to see one up close and talk to some of the residents and turns out, like many religions there doors are always open even to people who aren’t Buddhist or very religious. Anyone can take shelter for a week and you’ll get fed, given and bed and welcome to take part in sessions and all they ask in return is that you help do jobs around the temple and house to help keep it running smoothly – seems like a brilliant deal to me!
If you do venture up this way, one thing you have to do before you leave is hire a boat. Even though I am not a great swimmer (seen dogs paddle better) I couldn’t wait to hire a boat and get on the open waters. Your provided with life jacket for safety reasons and quick lesson on how to use the boat which is similar to a go-kart and then you’re free to roam the area, driving along the lake passing the ferry boats and the many beautiful homes along the way. We even stopped the boat in the middle of the lake for 10 minutes and ate lunch peacefully in the sun – yes we made sure to get out the water lane.
You have a choice of boats from motor to row yourself if you’re feeling energetic
If your in the UK or planning on visiting the Lake District has to be top of that list, it’s one of the most beautiful places I have seen and might be hard to top!