Thursday, 20 July 2017

Our First Visit To The Lake District - Day 3

Well after our first day of drizzle, second day of clouds and sunshine, it was inevitable that we would wake up to heavy rain on day three.  So over another full English breakfast we decided to use the car to travel down to the south of Lake Windermere to Lakeside to visit Lakeland Motor Museum and Lakes Aquarium.  I have to say that after walking 20 miles over the last two days, my legs were in agreement on a car day.

It took us about 30 minutes to drive along A592 which runs down the length of Lake Windermere we passed through several large puddles which spanned from one side of the road to the other.

Lakeland Motor Museum is situated on the site of the former Backbarrow Blue Mill, which closed in the early 1980's.  One of the products it manufactured was a washing additive ultramarine pigment, an optical brightening agent, referred to as Dolly Blue.

A badge from the Hillman, my Mum and Dad had a Hillman Imp when they first got married, I don't think it had such a fancy badge on it as this though.

There is a serious amount of chrome on the front of this SS Jaguar 100 to be kept clean.  The SS Jaguar 100 was a 2 seat sports car built between 1936 and 1940 by S S Cars Ltd of Coventry, England. The 100 reflected the 100mph maximum speed limit that the car was supposed to be able to achieve.

Part of a Dennis Fire Engine from around 1914 on display in the Museum.

A mock up of a Shoe Makers, part of the 'How It Used To Be' display.

A vintage BSA motor badge.

I just loved these quirky little cars they reminded me of jelly beans.  This bright yellow one is a 1959 Scoota Car, built by the British Company, British Motor Boat Manufacturing Company of London.

Here we can see (in red) a 1960 Messerschmitt KR200 or Kabinenroller (Cabin Scooter).  A three-wheeled bubble car produced in the Messerschmitt Aircraft factory from 1955 to 1964.

It is parked next to a Limited Edition 1990 Mini Cooper in British Racing Green with white roof, only 2500 were produced for the UK market, more were exported.

Here we can see a 1961 Norton ES2 Motorcycle Combination with a Watsonian Sidecar used by the RAC for roadside assistance.  They were in service from 1901 until the 1970's when they were replaced by small vans.

Here we have a couple of Micro Cars the Peel P50 in the darker blue and the Peel Trident in the paler blue.

The Peel P50 is a three-wheeled, single seat, micro car manufactured between 1962 and 1965 by Peel Engineering Company, Isle of Man.

The Peel Trident came along later as a twin seat micro car and was manufactured between 1965 and 1966.

Here you can see a selection of posters and signs for various tyre manufacturers overlooking a 1973 Triumph Spitfire Series IV.

There is a second floor with more collections of motorbikes and trikes but it gives you the opportunity to view the lower floor from above.  There is a lot to see in quite a small area, it is difficult to take it all in.

I liked the graphics painted on the side of this delivery van.  The company was took over and renamed Blackpool Van Transport Ltd in the late 1950's.

Palmer Cord Tyres was an English tyre manufacturer created in 1895.

We have now left the main building and have moved into the Campbell Bluebird Exhibition, a tribute to Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell.  Donald Campbell broke eight world speed records on land and sea in the 1950's and 60's before being killed during a speed attempt at the Lake District.  His father Sir Malcolm Campbell held 13 world speed records in the 1920's and 30's.

The exhibition contains full sized replicas of the following:

Sir Malcolm Campbell's 1935 Blue Bird Car, which he broke the Land Speed Records both in Daytona Beach in early 1935 and Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah in September 1935.

Sir Malcolm Campbell's Blue Bird Boat K4, which he set one Water Speed Record on 19th August 1939 on Coniston Water, Cumbria.

Donald Campbell's Bluebird K7 Jet Hydroplane, which he set seven Wold Speed Records in during the later half of the 1950's and 1960's.  A much modified version of this Hydroplane was the one that Donald Campbell was killed in during one of his record breaking attempts on Coniston Water, Cumbria on the 4th January 1967.

This Bluebird Electric 1 was build and driven by Sir Malcolm Campbell's Grandson Don Wales, and broke the British Speed Record for an electric vehicle in 1997.

Outside between the two exhibition halls we came across a couple of old caravans on display.  Firstly the c1948 Burlingham Langdale Caravan and the 1961 Bluebird Senator Static Caravan.

I think it is the first time that I have seen lead light windows in a caravan!

After Lakeland Motor Museum we headed back down the road to Lakes Aquarium, this sits on the southern shore of Lake Windermere and next door to the Lakeside Pier and Steam Train Station.  As you can see the rain had let off but it was still very grey looking.

We are now inside the Lakes Aquarium, the colours on these Terrapins shells really come out as they are basking under the heat lamp.

The Mandarin Duck always looks so elegant and exotic with its lovely colours.

I think this is a Common Golden Eye Duck.

As you can see the weather has started to improve so we stopped off at Fell Foot a National Trust property on the Lake.  It was formerly the grounds of a Victorian House, the estate was originally owned by the Major of Leeds back in 1784.  The only buildings remaining are the old Managers house, several boathouses, workshop and docks.

View from the car park.

Here we are looking across the Lake to the Lakeside Pier and Lakes Aquarium, you can cross from here either by ferry or if you are feeling fit by rowing boat.

After visiting Ambleside which sits on the Northern point of Lake Windermere we are now at the far Southern Point where the lake meanders into a river, which you can see just to the right centre of the picture, which eventually meets the sea.

Well we will be back to the Lake District and Cumbria, three days only allowed us to just scratch the surface, lovely landscape, surroundings and people.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Our First Visit To Lake District - Part 2

We woke this morning to a much brighter and so far dryer day than yesterday, so after another lovely full English breakfast at St John's Lodge on Lake Road, Windermere we headed back to Bowness-on-Windermere to catch one of the ferry's to take us up the lake to Ambleside.

The road down to the Lake at Bowness-on-Windermere.

This is the Teal the boat that will take us up the Lake to Ambleside. The Teal was built in 1936, and transported in sections via railway to the Lake.  It can hold 522 passengers and 7 crew.

There are some very impressive looking properties along the Windermere side of the Lake.

The mountains and rolling countryside produce a stunning backdrop to the lake.

Here we can just see the Langdale Chase Hotel and its impressive boat house, nestled along the shore. Construction started in 1890 and took 5 years to complete, it became a hotel in 1930.

Hidden behind all the yachts is Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa, which is currently undergoing a £16 million renovation.

When we got off the Ferry at Ambleside we didn't have a map of the area so we just followed everybody else.  There were a family of Swans on the shore line,  Mum was busy keeping an eye on the signets and one eye on everybody else.

The signets on the other hand were totally absorbed in finding food.

It was quite a walk from the quay to the town of Ambleside.

Ambleside is largely Victorian although there has been a settlement on this site since pre-Roman times.

After walking through the town to the top of the hill, stopping along the way for a coffee and shortbread, I know, there is a theme developing here.  We came across this sign and had to investigate, so up we went again.

I think this is a Lesser Known Waterfall Wood Serpent!

We chose the steep way to reach the top of the waterfall, it was interesting, quite wet, slippery and some of the steps Ian had to pull me up, but it was worth it, not a huge waterfall but still impressive to see and hear.  At its highest point the waterfalls ascent is 86m.

The way back should be via the pathway you can see across the way, that looks slightly better.

Selfie time again!

On the path on the way out we came across this sign.  Stock Ghyll is a tributary of the River Rothay and eventually drains into Lake Windermere.  In the past its water flow was used to power up to 12 mills here, producing bobbins, processed fabrics, paper and ground corn.  Most of the old buildings have either been demolished or converted.

No Ghyll Scrambling refers to the sport of making your way up or down rocks in or out of the water, the ghyll being a deep ravine especially a wooded one or a narrow mountain stream.

We are now back in Ambleside town, and standing at the rear of The Market Hall built in 1863, it originally had three clock faces.

Here we are looking down Church Street, to the right of the photo is The Royal Oak built during the 1600's.  Next door to it down the road is The Priest Hole part of Kelsick Old Hall one of the oldest buildings in Ambleside, dating back to 1572.

On the way back to the ferry we stopped off at the site of Ambleside Roman Fort managed by the National Trust.

Unfortunately apart from a few lumps and bumps in the ground there is not a lot to see, but the surrounding scenery is worth stopping to admire.

A small timber fort was originally built here towards the end of the 1st Century AD by the Romans during their conquest of Northern Britain, however it was soon abandoned.  Later a second fort was built of stone early in the 2nd Century AD and remained in use until the 4th Century.

We are now back on the Ferry heading to Bowness-on-Windermere, we are sitting the other side of the ferry so we can see the other lake side.  This area has remained largely unspoilt and less built up due to the foresight of Beatrix Potter who fell in love with this area and brought up most of the land here before handing it over to the National Trust.

On top of the hill you can just make out Wray Castle, a Victorian neo-Gothic building built in 1840, now owned by the National Trust.

It has a very impressive boat house down at the lake edge.

There is quite a contrast to the two sides of the lake this one being quite empty of all the hotels and properties that you see on the other side.

There is always something going on on the lake, I have heard of Wake Boarding by this is the first time I have seen it.  We were getting a running commentary on the ferry about points of interest and the commentator made several comments about how this guy must be new to Wake Boarding as he fell in several times as we went past.

The we came across a group of children having canoe lessons, some of them gave us a wave.

This was the ferry we came back on Miss Cumbria II built in Holland between 1974 and 1988.  It can carry 128 passengers and 2 crew.

Moored near to us was one of the oldest Ferries on the Lake Tern, built in Essex in 1891 as a steam powered yacht, it was converted to diesel in 1956. It can carry carry 350 passengers and 4 crew.

Once back we stopped at The Fizzy Tarte a champagne, wine bar and restaurant in Bowness-on-Windermere for a glass of fruit cider and to watch the world go by before having a meal.

For our meal we stopped at Hyltons Bar and Grill, for the special of Fish and Chips.  One thing we have noticed here in Bowness-on-Windermere and also Windermere itself is how many Italians are working in the cafes, restaurants and bars and this one was no exception.

We have found everybody we have met in the shops, restaurants and bars very friendly and cheerful. While we were sitting having our meal a group of older ladies were trying to cross the main through Bowness-on-Windermere and had got separated, the next thing a guy in a florescent workers vest had stepped out and stopped the traffic to let the ladies cross.  It made their day having a Knight In Florescent Armour to their rescue.

I checked the Strava app that had been running while we were out and again we had clocked up 10 miles walking and a further 8 on the ferry crossings.