It´s a quick drive from Lancaster to the southern part of the Lake District and so we did a little day trip to Bowness at Windermere. “mere” = lake
Windermere (the lake not the town) is the largest natural lake in England, formed by a glacier and one of Britains favourite holiday destination. It was busy in spite of the rain – but the one thing I learned quite early on: Look at the sky and just say “It´s clear up!” – and it always does. (just takes a little bit longer sometimes)
There are different cruises available on Windermere, we just took the shortest one from Bowness around the islands and it started a little bit wet and gloomy.
Authors seem to like the area, William Wordsworth wrote poems about the lake, there was a series of children’s books by Arthur Ransome, tv shows and movies are filmed here and then there is Beatrix Potter, who seems to be an icon and important figure for the Lake District.
And it cleared up right after getting off the boat and in time for a little picnic along the shore.
Tarn Hows – The Tarns
It was time for a little walk around this beautiful spot near Coniston.
It is a beauty spot that must not be missed, yet is not entirely typical of the local landscape, for the tarn is partly artificial, being three tarns joined together in the 19th Century, and most of the trees surrounding it are conifers. (Visit Cumbria)
Beatrix Potter bought the Tarns in 1929 and gave it to the National Trust, like many other areas in the Lake District. Enjoy a walk around this little lake.