Sunday, 20 September 2009

Windermere to Keswick

Up early again today as it was moving on day. We said goodbye to the Windermere site and made our way up to Ambleside where we parked up as we wanted to investigate the town. We’d read in a booklet about the Stock Ghyll Park waterfalls and so we followed the route given which began at the Salutation Hotel …

Making our way up the road behind it we found ourselves at the entrance to a wooded area and we had the river running down beside us …


After walking uphill for a short distance we came to a viewing platform and could see the falls …

We went on up and reached the top where there was a pool …

and then returned to Ambleside. After walking through the town we saw a sign which said one mile to the lake and as it didn’t sound too far we set off. It seemed to take forever and both Hamish and I were very glad when eventually we arrived at the lakeside. A coffee was called for and so we stopped at a lakeside cafĂ© for a break. It was a beautiful morning and we had a lovely view …

Hamish made friends with a cute little dachshund called Lily …

and then posed with his dad …

For our bit of Ransome today we’re at the place which was the North Pole in the book Winter Holiday …

After coffee we walked around to the park and looked down the lake …

back to where we’d had coffee …

We’d noticed that an electric bus ran from the lake into town so decided to take the easy option and got a ride back …

Not cheap but worth every penny! It was then a short stroll back to the RV passing this lovely little house on the way …


It was now time to take the road to Keswick which passed some lovely countryside and the lakes of Grasmere and Thirlmere …


We finally made it to the site at Keswick and checked in. We’ve been given a lovely pitch which has a view of Derwent Water if we look through the other vans …

The whole site is liable to flooding if the weather is dodgy so I’m quite pleased that we’re not too near the water! After lunch we went for a circular drive which took us over the Whinlatter Pass stopping at the viewpoint on the way up …

More dramatic scenery …

Then we got to Cockermouth and crossed the River Derwent …

We drove on to Maryport which sounded a lot better than it was! On to Workington which was very industrialised …

The main disappointment was that we couldn’t get to the beach as there was a railway line between the sea and the road. So it was now the homeward stretch on the A66 and back over the River Derwent …

before reaching Bassenthwaite Lake …

and returning to the campsite. After a cuppa we took Hamish for a walk to the water’s edge and looked down the lake …

and then as we made our way around we could look across …

Finally we turned back and this is the backdrop for the site …

2 comments:

Joanne said...

Fantastic views and scenery - you make a good argument for buying an RV !

melanie said...

wow..stunning, love the last photo especially..amazing patchwork..I also want to live at Bridge House, how cute was that!!