Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Our First Visit To The Lake District - Part 1

Early June we visited the Lake District for the first time.  We only had three whole days there so decided to stay half way between Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere along the Lake Road. We stayed at St Johns Lodge a lovely b&b, Rich and his team made us welcome from the moment we arrived.  There are nine rooms so not a huge place but well set out, the room we had was well presented.



We have stayed at a few B&B's but this was the first that provided wine glasses and a bottle opener in the room, a nice touch as it was our 30th Wedding Anniversary and we had taken a bottle of bubbly with us that had been given to us.


We had driven the approximately 250 miles in torrential rain and unfortunately it was still raining when we decided to head our for some food.  We decide to walk the 10 minutes into Windermere and came across the fodder.


The decor was quite unusual but in keeping with the name.


Not sure why but Hubby get wanting to get in the shot!


The food was very nice, only manged to get a shot of the starters though, tucked into the pasta main before realising I had not taken a photo.


Selfie time.


The next day after a full English breakfast with a large selection of cereals, toast, jams, fruit, yogurts and cheese to chose from we decided to walk into Bowness-on-Windermere.  Unfortunately the weather was a bit grey and drizzly, it looked lovely anyway, so it must look stunning on a sunny day.

There has been a war memorial on this site since 1922, although in 1988 the memorial itself was relocated further back in the site away from the road.


You will see that most of the buildings around here are built of Lake District Slate.


The Police Station building along Lake Road is of an unusual design and is said to date back to the late 1860's.


This building started out as the Public Hall in 1927 and was able to screen films, to an audience of just over 600.  It also had a stage and dressing rooms and part of the seating could be removed to reveal a maple dance floor for conversion to a ballroom.  During 1930 it was renamed Royalty, and over the years the stage and dressing rooms have made way for more screens to be able to show multiple films.  It also contains a 1920's Wurlitzer Organ, the only one of its kind to be found in a working cinema anywhere in Europe.


One of the streets lined with boutiques and cafes.


We are now down at the lake edge at Bowness-on-Windermere where you can hire a row boat or a little motorised boat and explore the lake on your own.  First test is to weave around the ducks and swans as you leave.



'Before the crowds', we never saw this stretch of path called the Promenade, empty again during our stay.  When the daily boat trips start this area is a buzz with people waiting to board and just watching what is going on.



We have now walked along the Promenade to Glebe Park and Cockshot Wood with its lovely views across the lake.


We have come across a lot of these on a walks, lumps of wood or tree stumps the surface crammed full with coins hammered in.  I have read that this dates back to the 1700's when people believed that the trees held divine spirits and if a sick person knocked a coin into a particular piece of wood their illness would be taken away.


We are now back to the lake edge.






We are now back in the center of Bowness-on Windermere, this is the view from Costa Coffee where we stopped for a coffee and some shortbread.


This sign is on the wall of The New Hall Inn, the oldest pub in Bowness-on-Windermere and dates back to 1612.


We have now headed to Windermere itself and are following a dotted path on or map which will take us down to the Lake shore.  We passed the lovely church of St Mary's, the original chapel dates back to 1848 but has been extensively added to over the years and restored after a fire in 1988.


I don't think I have ever seen yellow Poppies before but along this shaded path we are coming across several, although the flowers are starting to fade and this was then best one that I could see.


We have now come across Millerground and Queen Adelaide's Hill looked after by the National Trust.  The hill was named after Queen Adelaide the consort of William IV who came ashore at Millerground to climb the hill in 1840.


We are now following a stretch of Wynlass Beck a small river that runs into Lake Windermere.





Selfie time.


We have now made it down to the Lake but the weather has really started to deteriorate so we didn't spend much time there.  Did spend a few minutes watching these ducklings bobbing around on the choppy water.




There were some brave souls out on the Lake.


We stopped at Cafe Italia in Windermere as they had an outdoor seating area on the pavement, undercover and heated so even though it was drizzling with rain, it was a nice place to stop for pizza, salad and prosecco.



I also had chance to have a look at how much mileage we had clocked up on Strava which had been running on our phone, it was registering 9.6 miles.  Not bad for a drizzly day.

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