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.

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