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Lake District, Cumbria, England: Stunning Scenery, Lake Cruises and Train Ride; Inspiring Literature

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Ann loves to travel at home and abroad. One's own country can provide hidden gems and wondrous scenery.

The Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Lake District National Park

The Lake District National Park

Spring Break

In the Spring of 2019, we visited The Lake District. ‘Good luck with the weather!’ they all said.

The Lake District, also known as The Lakes or Lakeland, is England’s largest National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It sits in the northwest corner of England, in the county of Cumbria, close to the west coast. The west of England tends to have more rain and any mountainous region will also attract precipitation. Therefore, we didn’t expect to have wall to wall sunshine.

Well, we got it! Our April week was sunny and warm so we were privileged to see the mountains and valleys in all their glory, free of mist and bathed in varying yellow hues from sunshine to shade.

One of the spectacular sights of this region in Spring is a bright yellow patchwork of daffodils, my favourite flower. The large trumpets nod reverence to the sun and lift the soul. They abound in hedgerows, woods, fields and verges. They jump out at you round a bend, maybe in someone’s garden or as ready-made bunches in the grass.


Wordsworth's Host of Golden Daffodils?

Daffodils 'neath the trees by a babbling brook

Daffodils 'neath the trees by a babbling brook

Mountains, Valleys and Lakes

As a result of geological activity over the ages, the Lake District has a varied landscape of U-shaped valleys and steep, sharp ridges. It has England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and its deepest and longest lakes. The ancient volcanic rock does not allow seepage, so the valleys (formed from glacial activity) have stored large volumes of water.

‘The Lakes’ are individually named ‘lake’ or ‘water’ or ‘mere’ and the smallest are referred to as ‘tarns’.

In fact, there is traditionally only one Lake - Bassenthwaite. It’s the most northerly of the Lakes and one of the shallowest.

Of the 16 main lakes, Windermere is the largest and longest. Wastwater, a glacial lake and the deepest in England, has its surface 200 feet above sea level and its bottom over 50 feet below sea level! (the ‘wast’ is pronounced with an ‘a’ as in ‘was’ and with a soft ’s’)


Rugged Mountains, Sweeping or Plunging Valleys and Deep Lakeland Waters

Across the Lake to Rugged Scenery

Across the Lake to Rugged Scenery

Ambleside

Ambleside is a small town at the northern end of Lake Windermere. It is a cosy, friendly place, with granite stone architecture and open spaces, all sheltered by cradling steep crags. Amble down to the Lake or stroll around the shops. A museum, library and art gallery enable the visitor to learn about the town and its surroundings from Roman occupation up to the present, including watercolours by Beatrix Potter.

Another literary figure, the poet and writer William Wordsworth, occupied the post of Collector of Stamps for Westmorland and had his office in the Old Stamp House on Church Street. His job was distributing official stamps for legal documents and collecting the excise duty on their sale. This gave him sufficient means to be able to continue writing his poetry.


Scenes of Ambleside

Town nestled in the Mountains

Town nestled in the Mountains

Ambleside Church

Ambleside Church

Hawkshead

This is a pretty village and one of its claims to fame is that Wordsworth, along with his brother, went to Hawkshead Grammar School between the ages of 9 and 17 (1778-1787). It was then one of the best schools in England. Wordsworth carved his name on one of the desks, still there for all to see.

Wordsworth was born in the Lake District and kept it close to his heart, returning to live and work there.

Beatrix Potter lived near here, in a cottage called 'Hill Top', a couple of miles from Hawkshead. Here she wrote her Tales of Peter Rabbit and others, using the location for many of those stories. She illustrated these herself, being not only a writer but also an accomplished artist, as mentioned above.


Cottages in Hawkshead

Wordsworth Street, Hawkshead

Wordsworth Street, Hawkshead

A Village of Pretty Cottages

A Village of Pretty Cottages

Kirkstone Pass to Ullswater via Brothers Water

Returning from Hawkshead gives you the opportunity of going via Kirkstone Pass. A narrow road over the mountains, often shut in winter, it has breath-taking panoramas, dips and crags. The road can be hazardous and upwards from Ambleside it is known as 'The Struggle'!

Kirkstone Pass is so called as there is a stone which resembles a church steeple on the roadside near the inn at the top of the pass. 'Kirk' means 'church' in old Norse. It is the Lake District's highest pass open to vehicles, having a gradient in some places of 1 in 4 (1 foot incline for every 4 feet in length).

It winds its sometimes weary path up and over, down to Brothers Water and eventually to Ullswater. Narrow with passing places, it's not a road for the faint-hearted.


Kirkstone Pass Descent to Brothers Water

Bowness on Windermere

Take a stroll around busy, friendly Bowness. It's alive with visitors and traffic and the breeze off the lake brushes your cares away. The quayside is buzzing with steamers passing to and fro on Windermere, entertaining us all and providing unique views of this splendid region.

Bowness

Bowness town....

Bowness town....

... and Jetty

... and Jetty

Steam Cruise on Lake Windermere, down to Lakeside

The steamers are traditional wooden boats with funnels to direct the steam up and away. They chug along the waters and, provided you have suitable clothing, you can enjoy the breezes and occasional spray off the lake.

They take you back to the days of Arthur Ransome's 'Swallows and Amazons', full of romance and nostalgia. There is a canopy to shelter us from wind and rain but today it's glorious, the sun bathing the crags, hills and shoreline, sparkling on the lake, accentuating the ripples from the bow and the frothy wash from the stern.

It's a round trip of about 45 minutes, with varied scenery; some shore-line houses and several vistas of deep valleys and high crags offering stout walking or lazy fishing on the perimeter.

Impossible not to touch the polished tan wood of the rails and decoration of this transport. It has an architecture of its own, carved, inlaid, moulded and curved with love and skill. The metal funnel belches a little as it provides our energy; energy to carve the waves and energy to watch, listen, take in a whole panoramic vista, our brains awash with vibrant scenery, birdlife and life-sustaining, deep waters.


Steam Boats

Steam Cruiser 'Tern'

Steam Cruiser 'Tern'

Small Private Steamer

Small Private Steamer

To the North of Lake Windermere

To the North of Lake Windermere

Looking South

Looking South

Curved glossy wooden rails

Curved glossy wooden rails

Steam Train from Lakeside to Haverthwaite

Steam engine Repulse was waiting for us at Lakeside, with its red and cream carriages inviting us to an afternoon's leisurely journey to Haverthwaite Station.

The Victorian carriages have such charm with their intricate decoration. You're in a timewarp as you trundle along and view scenery likewise unchanged since those times. Only the grand holiday folk would take a steamer or a train then but we were the lucky ones now, to travel in their footsteps.

Majestic steam engines belch steam to surround the trees in fleeting mystery, and toot their way past brook and meadow, shouting at those witnessing the scene to watch and stand back to remember the past, revel in what it brought us and wonder at its technological, surely more beautiful than more modern rail transport!

More daffodils nodded 'good day' from the shade of copses and river banks, wishing us safe arrival at our stately destination.


Lakeside Station, 'Repulse' and Journey to Haverthwaite

Steam Train waiting at Lakeside Station

Steam Train waiting at Lakeside Station

Steam Engine 'Repulse'

Steam Engine 'Repulse'

Out of Lakeside Station

Out of Lakeside Station

Reflective Scenery

Reflective Scenery

View of Haverthwaite from Train

View of Haverthwaite from Train

Arrival!

Arrival!

Keswick

Keswick is a market town which nestles in the mountains within the Lake District National Park. It hosts the Cumberland Pencil Museum, its own Museum and an Art Gallery. Derwent Water is to the south of the town.

I love visiting a town on market day. The positive buzz of activity is fun and vibrant. This one was a mixture of local produce and tourist souvenirs, good quality ones.

On a clear day it's at full capacity as vendors and visitors alike make hay while the sun shines. I'd bet that twice the amount of money is made in good weather. Most areas of any county have their local specialities, be they grown or hand-made. That's what makes a souvenir so special; seeing it on a shelf at home or finding it in a drawer takes you straight back to that place on that day, to relive part of your holiday and make you smile.


Keswick Town

Keswick Market Place

Keswick Market Place

Keswick Town Centre

Keswick Town Centre

Steam Cruise on Ullswater

Our journey took us on a winding country road to the far end of Ullswater where we waited for the steamer to take us back from steep valleyed mountains to ever more open water by broad fields down to a level shoreline. The waters broadened and civilisation came closer. I realised I wasn't keen to become part of it again, at least not so soon.

More scenery to make us gasp, to inspire the inner soul; more depths of water to lull us into a dreamy trance. It left us not wanting to reach the far jetty where we would have to step from the ever-moving craft onto terra firma and thus leave our tryst with nature, our time suspension, to resume our lives which hold us to the here and now.

As the mountains became a misty grey background, so the waters broadened, the vista became brighter, greener, more lush in the pastures which allowed homes, boat-houses by the shore and clusters of yachts, the latter tacking on the calm lake, just enough wind to keep them moving.

A long jetty came into view and all too soon the journey was over. Such an experience, though, is not forgotten as it fades from view. You can dream on the Lakes, you can fancy you're in 'Swallows and Amazons', exploring the unknown, you can be bold, brave and adventurous. You can also just drift and lose yourself in the very heart of an ancient land, in the power of the elements and become one with your history.


Alluring Ullswater

Two Types of Steam Boats

Two Types of Steam Boats

Inside the Steamer

Inside the Steamer

Designs Astern

Designs Astern

From Gentle Shores...

From Gentle Shores...

... to High Crags

... to High Crags

Strata to Shore

Strata to Shore

Sailing under Sweeping Skies

Sailing under Sweeping Skies

Map of Ullswater showing route of Steamer

Map of Ullswater showing route of Steamer

Jetty to the other end of the Lake!

Jetty to the other end of the Lake!

Inspiration

The Lakes have inspired many a writer, famous or not. The three who are most connected with the area, for me, are William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome.

I have already mentioned Wordsworth and Potter so let's find out a little about Arthur Ransome. My favourite of the three, he wrote 'Swallows and Amazons', 'Secret Water' and others. He was at school in Windermere and learned to sail on Coniston. His stories are based around a group of children sailing on these lakes.

Before that, Ransome was also a journalist, an autobiographer and a spy! As a foreign correspondent in WW1 he covered the Russian Revolution and was recruited by MI5 as a spy to provide information on the Bolsheviks.

He settled in the Lakes in 1925, with his wife. Many of the locations in his stories reflect real places in the area. I read and re-read those books as a child and they transported me to a world of nature, exploration and adventure - one reason why I'd always wanted to visit The Lake District.


Ransome's 'Cormorant Island' on Windermere?

Is this the inspiration for Ransome's Cormorant Island?

Is this the inspiration for Ransome's Cormorant Island?

Wildlife - Red Squirrels

Wildlife abounds in the Lakes. Our hotel was in Shap and situated down a narrow lane, in a sheltered hollow with a scattering of houses, giving the illusion of being in the middle of the moors.

Adjacent was a small forest, also isolated from any other trees in this exposed region. This isolation gave us an unexpected advantage of being able to see the Red Squirrel. Smaller than the grey, this charming animal is now scarce in England due to a disease passed to them by the grey. They can be found in a few protected pockets of the country and this is one of them, due to the expanse of the moor making it nigh impossible for the grey to reach. What a bonus for us!

They were fed at 8 o'clock each morning but could be seen often during the day if you walked up the valley and kept a keen lookout. Clever creatures, they've long ago worked out how to get the feed from the cages and their actions are fascinating. Being fairly tame but not over-trusting, several of them allowed us a glimpse - a delight and a privilege.


Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel Russett

Red Squirrel Russett

What's in it for me?

What's in it for me?

Yummy!

Yummy!

Nature's Camouflage

Nature's Camouflage

Pheasant

I spied this hen pheasant in the bushes whilst following the Red Squirrels. At first, it seemed a patch of lighter foliage beneath the trees. It moved and I could see one eye. One second more and she emerged further, maybe catching the confidence of the squirrels.

Not a rare sight anywhere in England but to be closer than usual, and see the hen rather than the cock, pleased me. She was shy, pale and far less significant than the male, but she made me smile and I thanked her.


Hen Pheasant

Peeping from the Undergrowth

Peeping from the Undergrowth

Grey Wagtail

On the last day of our stay, outside the hotel beside the sparkling stream bubbling over the rocks, we spied a Grey Wagtail. Having tails which bob or 'wag', they are aptly named. I had often seen the common wagtail which roosts in small trees in most of our towns but his flash of yellow caught my eye; I had never seen this type before.

He flitted after insects on land and water. He stayed still for just a few seconds at a time. Time for me to 'click' if I was quick! A final delight on our final day.


Grey Wagtail on the Moors

Searching for Insects

Searching for Insects

Not To Be Missed!

I urge anyone to visit the Lake District. It is majestic beauty. It is pure inspiration. It is rugged nature and sweeping open skies. You will be moved, inspired, encouraged to explore further. There are opportunities to walk, climb or take a tour. You can be as isolated or as included as you wish.

This was my first visit and it won't be my last. I revel in the wilderness of such places. I absorb the air, gasp at the panoramas and feed my heart and soul with all the glory of nature.


On the Moors

Shelter by Babbling Brook

Shelter by Babbling Brook

Nothing to Blot the Landscape

Nothing to Blot the Landscape

Sources

https://www.keswick.org


Do you enjoy the countryside?

© 2019 Ann Carr

Comments

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 02, 2020:

The combination of nature, boats and trains was right up my street. It's definitely worth a visit, Denise.

I'm glad you enjoyed this. The weather meant I had beautiful scenes to photograph. Thank you for popping by today.

Keep safe and well!

Ann

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on November 02, 2020:

What fabulous photos you shared here. I definitely want to visit this place someday. Just riding the train through the different villages would be a treat.

Blessings,

Denise

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 05, 2020:

Thank you, Peggy. I'm glad you enjoyed this. It was such a wonderful week and my camera just didn't stop clicking. So much beauty has to be recorded!

Ann

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2020:

You have shown us so much beauty in this post. Those vistas are fabulous, and even your quick camera shots of the red squirrel, pheasant, and Grey Wagtail were fun to see. I would love to visit the Lake District sometime, but for now, it was a most pleasant interlude just reading and viewing your article. Thank you!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on January 10, 2020:

It's become one of mine too, Glenis. We were so lucky to get a week's sunshine in April!

Good to see you today.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on January 10, 2020:

I'm glad I inspired you, Nell. It's definitely worth a visit and I'm sure you'll go back for more.

Thanks for reading. Always good to see you here.

Ann

Glen Rix from UK on January 09, 2020:

It is one of my favourite places in England. Choose the time of year carefully when you - it's overrun with tourists during high season and rains quite a lot in springtime.. Southern lakeland is very different in character from the northern part, which is rugged.

Nell Rose from England on January 09, 2020:

I can't believe that I have never been to the Lake District! We always tend to go either to the coast or over to Wales. I really must put this on my list, it's lovely!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on January 07, 2020:

You have some great suggestions, Glenis. Our bus driver mentioned that the coaches are now far too big for those lanes and the authorities are thinking of banning them altogether. I suppose that would have some impact on tourism but not such a negative effect on the environment. I'm not surprised the locals don't like them. If I lived nearer then I would walk a lot!

Hawkshead is lovely and certainly provides plenty without taking the car! Thanks for your interesting and useful input.

Ann

Glen Rix from UK on January 07, 2020:

You have some lovely photos Ann. The Lake District is very close to my heart. Best seen on foot but long walks are a bit beyond me nowadays. People who have not visited before might want to know that it's appreciated if tourists use the local buses for getting around, rather than clogging some very narrow lanes.

I once stayed at the Queen's Head in Hawkeshead (highly recommend), parked my car in the public car park and didn't think of it again for the duration of my visit. The Youth Hostel on Windermere, on the shore of the lake, is great for a cheap break - happy memories of taking the kids there.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on October 22, 2019:

You're welcome, Lawrence. Thanks for reading and for your extra input. I bet it was a great place to have holidays - even more unspoilt than it is now!

Ann

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on October 21, 2019:

Ann

When I was growing up mum and Dad had a caravan sited at Cockermouth in the Lake district.

Every long weekend we would be bundled into the car and a great weekend was spent there.

One other famous the person from there was Fletcher Christian (think mutiny on the Bounty fame) who was born in Cockermouth.

Thanks for bringing good memories back.

Lawrence

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on October 21, 2019:

Thank you, Denise. Glad you liked this and, yes, you never know, maybe you'll see it some time. The whole area is certainly worth the visit.

Good to see you.

Ann

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 20, 2019:

How I would love to visit the Lake District. I've often longed to see Hill Top Farm. It seems that day may never come but you never know. Thanks for the photos of your journey.

Blessings,

Denise

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 16, 2019:

Hello William. Thank you for your comments.

I think it's beautiful even in the mists and rain - just a different atmosphere.

You never know, you might visit one day!

Ann

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on September 16, 2019:

Thank you for the tour, Ann. What a beautiful place! I'm glad the sun was good to you. I would love to visit the area, but I doubt that will happen any time soon.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 11, 2019:

Thanks, Mel, for your interesting input and kind words.

Yes, it can look very grim in bad weather, as do most mountainous regions I suppose. The Lake District has the advantage that the land is also broad and sweeping, so the contrast is amazing.

I hope you do manage to see it yourself one day.

Ann

Mel Carriere from San Diego California on September 10, 2019:

I was recalling a line from a Smiths song - "Hopes may lie in the Grasmere, but honeypie you're not safe here," which made me research what Grasmere was, which it turns out is a town connected with Wordsworth and also Walter Scott, who used to meet at a place called The Swan. Until your article I didn't know this was in the lakes district, which looks like a lovely place. It also looks like a place that could be very foreboding when shrouded in mist, like some prototypical Gothic horror movie.

Great travel guide you have provided, I hope to see it with my own eyes someday.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 10, 2019:

Hello, Dianna! Good to see you.

I'm glad you enjoyed the journey with me. We certainly did have a great time. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

Ann

Dianna Mendez on September 09, 2019:

Thank you for taking us on this beautiful journey. You must have enjoyed every moment.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 08, 2019:

Thank you, John. Glad you enjoyed travelling along with me and I appreciate your kind comments.

I'm still trying to pen some articles regarding my trip to Oz in February (including Darwin!) but I can't seem to get into it either - too much to write about. That sounds silly but I just don't know where to start. I'll get there in the end!

Looking forward to reading about your trip anyway - how about starting with what inspired it and go from there?

Ann

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 07, 2019:

Ann, what a delightful journey you took us on. Your words were descriptive and a joy to read, and the photos of the Lakes District just call one to visit. Thank you for sharing about the famous writers who lived there as well. A wonderful article.

I'd like to write about my recent six-week road trip to Darwin and back but for some reason, I just haven't felt the required inspiration to start yet. I know it will be a big undertaking.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 07, 2019:

Hello Glenis. Yes, weather was superb, unexpectedly! There wasn't a drop of rain and not many clouds. I was so pleased.

Glad you liked the wildlife pics.

Thanks for the visit. Good to see you.

Ann

Glen Rix from UK on September 07, 2019:

Weather looks good. No rain? Nice wildlife pics x

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 07, 2019:

Thank you, Chris, for such a wonderful comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this journey. The wild countryside in many parts of Britain takes us away from all the 'aggro' at the moment! The natural perspective calms us and makes all else seem insignificant.

Hope you're keeping well.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 07, 2019:

You're welcome, Jo. I hope you have a fantastic trip and that your granddaughter enjoys it too. Tell me if you're around Somerset at any time!

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 07, 2019:

Hello Cynthia. Thank you for your kind comments. I do hope you get to see it up close and personal one day. It's definitely worth the trip!

Ann

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on September 05, 2019:

Anne, my friend, you just keep tempting me with the beauty of your countryside and mountainsides. This is well written and descriptive. Who can ignore phrases such as, "The large trumpets nod reverence to the sun and lift the soul." I followed you to the highest crag and the lowest depths of the lakes. Thank you for this marvelous journey.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on September 05, 2019:

Thanks, Ann, for that info. We're really looking forward to our trip. Bringing one of our granddaughters with us.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on September 05, 2019:

Everything about the Lake Country seems very familiar to me, although I've never been. Must be all that Wordsworth that followed me lonely as a cloud from early school years through University? Or maybe the Beatrix Potter books I tried to get my boys to love when they were small. In any case, your photos and descriptions are very aluring, and someday I might actually make it there to see myself!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 05, 2019:

Thank you, Linda. I'm glad to inspire you to visit and I hope you manage to do so one day. I'm surprised I left it so late to visit the Lakes as I've lived in England all my life. So many of us concentrate on going abroad when we have so much here on the doorstep. We intend to do more exploration of Britain now.

Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 05, 2019:

Thanks, Flourish. I'm glad this brought back good memories of your holiday. Yes, the animals were a delight. Didn't see any birds of prey, which was a little disappointing for me as I thought there might be a few over the moors and crags!

Good to see you here.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 05, 2019:

Thank you, Liz. Sadly, the photo of the island is the only one which isn't mine, as I didn't have one of an island linked to Ransome. It certainly is a great photo, right down to the symmetry of the clouds!

You're right - this is THE place in the sunshine.

Thanks for the visit.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 05, 2019:

Hi Jo! Glad you liked this. We were lucky to see it in solid sunshine.

There are no shortages! However, there is a lot of scaremongering and Parliament is in turmoil. The average man or woman in the street is going about life just as they always do. We are all fed up with the shambles though!

You should have the advantage of the falling pound against the dollar, so my advice is come and enjoy it all. Brexit is overplayed and not well reported. It should not affect you at all, in my view.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 05, 2019:

Hello Dolores! Glad you enjoyed this little trip. They say that's the island he used as his inspiration but it's not definite. There are quite a few on most of the lakes, varying in size.

Thank you for the visit.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 05, 2019:

Thank you, Pamela. It was a great holiday, a good get-away, and I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it. It is a good example of our more open and rugged countryside.

Ann

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 04, 2019:

Your photos are beautiful, Ann. It sounds like you had a wonderful visit. I would love to explore the areas that you saw and the places connected to the writers. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 04, 2019:

My family was fortunate enough to visit the Lake District and remember it fondly. We especially enjoyed Beatrix Potter’s cottage. I enjoyed both your descriptions and those photos. It takes me back to 10 years ago when we visited. Especially loved the animals!

Liz Westwood from UK on September 04, 2019:

This is an excellent article, showcasing the Lake District at its best. Friends of ours had a good week there later in the Spring. When you get the weather, as you did, it takes a lot to beat this stunning area. Top class photos. The island one especially is prize winning.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on September 04, 2019:

I've visited the Lake District, Ann, and loved it.

I have a question for you: Is it a good time to visit England now? We had planned a short trip soon and are hearing rumors that now might not be a good time to visit because of the political turmoil. My husband just told me about some rumors he'd heard today about shortages.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on September 04, 2019:

Hi Ann - I so enjoyed my armchair visit to the beautiful Lake District. Your photograph of what you like to think of as Ransome's Cormorant Island is especially lovely. Glad you had sunshine!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 04, 2019:

This sounds like an absolutely lovely vacation. I would love to visit the countryside around Lake Windermere, and see the rest of the area you visited. I love your pictures, and traveling over that countryside would be fantastic. I found this article to be .a woderful example of the coutryside in England that anyone would love to see.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 04, 2019:

RTalloni: Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Impossible not to share such a wonderful place!

Good to see you.

Ann

RTalloni on September 04, 2019:

My first comment doesn't appear to have gone through, but I enjoyed this post very much. Thank you for sharing your visit with us.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 04, 2019:

Thank you, Mary. It is such a lovely place, I can't wait to go again. Yes, those squirrels are impossible to ignore.

Thanks for visiting and commenting. Good to see you.

Ann

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 04, 2019:

I was there last Spring but only went through the Lake District as we visited the grandchildren in Scotland where they are studying. The year before, we were there and no matter how many times I have been there, I continue to marvel at its beauty. Maybe next Spring I will spend more time there. Like you, I love the daffodils there and the fact that Spring is earlier than in Canada, it's a great time to visit. Thanks for sharing. Even the familiar red squirrels were inviting.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 04, 2019:

Hello bill! Great to have you along for the journey and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, it's certainly heavenly countryside.

As for the coats, Spring time in the north is seldom warm enough for discarding them but down in the sunny south we often have a chance to do just that! Apart from the breezy lakeside, we did manage it, even there!

We've had an exceptional summer here so I don't mind going back to the cardigans and jackets now. Breezy and wet today - even that has its charm!

Thanks, bill. Hoping that your September is good too and that you have a wow of a Wednesday!

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on September 04, 2019:

Thank you, Lorna. I'm glad you enjoyed this and that it's inspired you to return. I don't think I could ever tire of it, even if the weather is inclement.

Ann

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 04, 2019:

My kind of country, Ann...lakes,stream, mountains, forests, valleys....like dying and going to heaven, me thinks. Thanks for letting me tag along. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip with you.

On a side not,every picture of England I see shows people in heavy coats. Do you people ever have a month when the coats are not necessary? LOL

Loved the journey! Wishing you a brilliant early September.

bill

Lorna Lamon on September 04, 2019:

Such a wonderful detailed article Ann complete with beautiful photos. I visited Lake Windermere many years ago and your article has encouraged me to go back, as it has so much to offer. I think your last three lines perfectly describes this peaceful place. Thank you for the trip.