Lake District Day 1: Windermere and Bowness

During our first full day in the Lake District, we decided to familiarize ourselves with Winderemere (where we were staying) and Bowness-on-Windermere.  The two towns are basically connected, although it’s about a 1.5 mile walk from the centre of one to the centre of the other.

We wandered down the road into Bowness from our house on the north side of Windermere.  It took us about 40 minutes to get all the way down into the centre of Bowness.

Along the way, we saw many pretty things.  The weather was gorgeous, and we were reminded of Oregon and Washington.  The foliage, profusion of ferns & moss, and the fecund quality of the moist air were very reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest.

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And the rhododendrons were just beginning to bloom.

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There was wild garlic in profusion — absolutely everywhere!  In some little forest glens, you could just smell it!

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Into town…

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And down to the lake.

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It was a busy Sunday as the weather was so perfect.  Families were out and about, enjoying the sunshine and warm air.

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These owls were just outside of the Lake District National Park Info Centre.  I didn’t notice where they were from — probably a rehabilitation centre in the park somewhere… they were gorgeous!

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We stopped in the park for some lunch and Charlie and flora enjoyed climbing the big rocks.

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Then a lovely walk through the countryside.

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On our way back up through town, we peeked into the parish church in Bowness.

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The kids had run around so much at the park that they needed a snooze.

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Back up through town to Windermere, on the other side of town.

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A delightful place.  Tomorrow:  a bus ride to Grasmere and Ambleside.

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