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December 2018

September 11, 2018 — Bowness on Lake Windermere

We took the train to Lakeside and transferred to the ferry continuing to Bowness.

Swan nesting across the road from our cottage.

Swan nesting across the road from our cottage.


A leisurely start to the day since our train didn’t leave until 10:45. I even had time to take some pictures of the swans nesting on a pond across from our cottage.

Haverthwaite Station and the rest of our train

Haverthwaite Station and the rest of our train

Owls at the Haverthwaite Station

Owls at the Haverthwaite Station


At around 9:30 we headed to Haverthwaite Station, an easy drive up the A590. Arrived, parked and got combined train and ferry tickets to Bowness on Windermere. We boarded and found seats where we could watch the activity at the station and soon an owl rescue group showed up with four owls, small, medium and large that were put on viewing perches. They were very peaceful, well-trained owls. Fun. We watched them through our train window until we left the station.

Our ferry coming in to the train station at Lakeside

Our ferry coming in to the train station at Lakeside

The train left and since we had only one stop, we were soon at Lakeside. There was commentary but an unhappy baby in the compartment covered it completely. The parents may have been worse than the children, but so far we’ve noticed the British don’t seem to listen to commentary; they just keep talking . . . loudly to be heard over the commentary. One hates to make generalizations but we've seen this too many times on our several trips to England. Perhaps they've done the trip many times and know the commentary already but we haven't and wanted to hear it.

*****

Lake Windermere from the ferry

Lake Windermere from the ferry


We arrived at Lakeside and raced for the ferry managing to get upper-deck water-side seats. The sun came out and it was a glorious ride up Lake Windermere to Bowness where there was a tourist frenzy. Tourists were feeding tame swans, Canada Geese, ducks, gulls and several other birds. It was odd to see swans begging . . . They are not always so pleasant. Our son was bitten by a swan many years ago. Fortunately he didn't hold it against the swan who was defending "his" bridge.

Sailing on Lake Windermere

Sailing on Lake Windermere

From the ferry on Lake Windermere

From the ferry on Lake Windermere

Scenery from the ferry on Lake Windermere

Scenery from the ferry on Lake Windermere

Feeding frenzy at the ferry landing in Bowness on Lake Windermere

Feeding frenzy at the ferry landing in Bowness on Lake Windermere

Bowness from the ferry landing

Bowness from the ferry landing


We got a town map and started looking for lunch. We checked several menus and went in one restaurant, but inside it smelled so bad that we walked right back out and continued our search finally ending at The Albert, a very nice pub where Ed got the sea bass and I got a lamb shank. It was very good but wasn’t quite as good as yesterday. Yesterday in Coniston was quite special. Must admit there was more ambience here though. There is nothing like an ancient building . . .

The ferry landing at Bowness on Windermere - feeding swans

The ferry landing at Bowness on Windermere - feeding swans

Walking up from the ferry into Bowness

Walking up from the ferry into Bowness

Walking around Bowness

Walking around Bowness

The Albert, our choice for lunch in Bowness

The Albert, our choice for lunch in Bowness

Peter Rabbit is all over town

Peter Rabbit is all over town

*****

We walked up to The World of Beatrix Potter but Ed refused to go in so we looked through the gift shop and left. It never occurred to me that he didn't grow up with Peter Rabbit. Sigh . . . We found a nice art gallery and then visited Roly’s Fudge Shop for dessert. We have passed up Roly's Fudge Shops in several places and now realized what a mistake that was. It tastes just like homemade fudge, not tourist shop fudge. We quickly became addicted. Unfortunately, it was the last Roly's we saw on the trip.

I took pictures all over the cute, touristy town and we stopped at the Parish Church of Saint Martin that had amazing decoration on the walls. In addition to stunning stained glass, every inch of wall space is covered with scripture and sayings accompanied by artistic embellishment. There were very few tourists there and it was a real shame since the church was magical. Click here for the Church of Saint Martin official web site

*****

Crag Brow - view from The Albert Pub

Crag Brow - view from The Albert Pub

Caffe Riva in Bowness-on-Windermere

Caffe Riva in Bowness-on-Windermere

Parish Church of Saint Martin in Bowness-on-Windermere

Parish Church of Saint Martin in Bowness-on-Windermere

Parish Church of Saint Martin in Bowness-on-Windermere

Parish Church of Saint Martin in Bowness-on-Windermere

Parish Church of Saint Martin in Bowness-on-Windermere

Parish Church of Saint Martin in Bowness-on-Windermere

Parish Church of Saint Martin in Bowness-on-Windermere

Parish Church of Saint Martin in Bowness-on-Windermere



Feeding swans at the ferry terminal

Feeding swans at the ferry terminal


Back to the pier to watch swans and tourists until our ferry left. It was cold and windy but utterly beautiful on the way back. Arrived Lakeside and walked to our waiting train. We were home in no time!

Great day.

Leaving Bowness-on-Windermere on the ferry

Leaving Bowness-on-Windermere on the ferry

This friendly fellow followed our ferry for nearly the entire length of Lake Windermere

This friendly fellow followed our ferry for nearly the entire length of Lake Windermere

Haverthwaite Station - We're home

Haverthwaite Station - We're home


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September 12, 2018 Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth

Wednesday and time for Beatrix Potter's HIll Top Farm and then on to Dove Cottage where Wordsworth lived.

The village of Near Sawrey, home of Beatrix Potter who wrote "Peter Rabbit."

The village of Near Sawrey, home of Beatrix Potter who wrote "Peter Rabbit."

Woke to sunshine and it lasted nearly all day. We ate our breakfast and started for Hill Top Farm, Beatrix Potter’s first farm. Our GPS tried to take us on a ferry that was closed today so we reverted to Google and soon arrived. It is a National Trust site so we parked and entered for free. It was fun to learn about her life and see all the books and paintings. I loved Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit when I was little. We walked through the tiny village of Near Sawrey and then drove to Hawkshead for lunch and to see the Beatrix Potter Gallery.

Hill Top Farm where Beatrix Potter lived

Hill Top Farm where Beatrix Potter lived

Interior of  Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

Interior of Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

Interior of  Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

Interior of Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

Interior of  Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

Interior of Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

Hill Top Farm from the Garden

Hill Top Farm from the Garden

Buckle Yeat B and B in Near Sawrey and beside Hill Top Farm

Buckle Yeat B and B in Near Sawrey and beside Hill Top Farm

Relaxing with Mr. McGregor at Buckle Yeat in Near Sawrey

Relaxing with Mr. McGregor at Buckle Yeat in Near Sawrey

Stone building near Hawkshead Hall Campsites

Stone building near Hawkshead Hall Campsites


We found change for parking and started our lunch search. After checking a few menus, we entered The Queen’s Head Pub and Restaurant. Ed ordered his favorite sea bass and I decided to be adventurous and ordered a lamb tagine made with apricots, raisins, red peppers and almonds. It was fabulous . . . just spicy enough and very tender. Ed got the sticky toffee pudding and I got a Marquise au Chocolat for dessert. Beautiful old building and a delightful lunch.

Lunch at The Queen’s Head Pub in Hawkshead

Lunch at The Queen’s Head Pub in Hawkshead

Interior at the Beatrix Potter Gallery

Interior at the Beatrix Potter Gallery


We visited the Beatrix Potter Gallery . . . also National Trust . . . and then looked through a couple other interesting galleries in town before retrieving the car and setting off for Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage.

Ann Tyson's House in Hawkshead

Ann Tyson's House in Hawkshead

The Red Lion Inn in Hawkshead

The Red Lion Inn in Hawkshead

The King's Arms Inn and greater downtown Hawkshead

The King's Arms Inn and greater downtown Hawkshead

*****

Entrance to Wray Castle on the drive to Dove Cottage

Entrance to Wray Castle on the drive to Dove Cottage

You must take a guided tour of Dove Cottage so we went through the museum while waiting for our tour to start. At Dove Cottage our young lady guide was from Riverside, California and very enthusiastic. We went through the house then explored the garden on our own. The house contained a lot of memorabilia from Wordsworth. He lived here with his sister Dorothy for eight years. When he married in 1802, his wife and her sister joined the Wordsworths at Dove Cottage. In 1808 after the arrival of three children, the Wordsworths left Dove Cottage to seek larger lodgings. They put a great deal of thought into the garden and the National Trust has tried to replicate it in a like style. It is truly lovely.

Wordsworth's Dove Cottage

Wordsworth's Dove Cottage

Jerwood Centre, the William Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere

Jerwood Centre, the William Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere

Interior of Dove Cottage

Interior of Dove Cottage

Interior of Wordsworth's Dove Cottage

Interior of Wordsworth's Dove Cottage

Garden in back of Dove Cottage

Garden in back of Dove Cottage

View from Dove Cottage Gardens

View from Dove Cottage Gardens

Gazebo at the top of the Garden

Gazebo at the top of the Garden

*****

Ambleside Salutation Hotel and Spa

Ambleside Salutation Hotel and Spa

Got the car and drove back through Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness on the way home. Again noted the very tall monument spotted as you approach Ulverston and later discovered it is the Sir John Barrow Monument on the top of Hoad Hill. Built in 1850, it looks like a lighthouse because it is modeled on an earlier version of the Eddington Lighthouse. Stopped in Dalton at Coop for groceries and car window cleaner and then home for the evening. Our very taciturn landlord greeted us and exchanged a few words. Very quiet fellow . . . but very nice.

Sir John Barrow Monument on the top of Hoad Hill in Ulverston

Sir John Barrow Monument on the top of Hoad Hill in Ulverston

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