On Monday, our second full day in the L.D., we opted for a bus trip to the north to see Grasmere and Ambleside, and get some nice views along Windermere (the lake) as well. There is a bus route that caters to tourists and has open-topped buses. Once again, we were treated to perfect weather. Full sun but not too hot.
We enjoyed the ride up to Grasmere and when we arrived, we stopped for a snack and a wander in the little park next to the bus stop.
It is breathtakingly beautiful here. It is surrounded by high, craggy fells. The town itself is absolutely picture-perfect, with grey stone walls and buildings, quaint shops, delightful tea rooms, a babbling river with picturesque bridges, a beautiful church with poets in the churchyard, and lush green foliage everywhere.
The poet, Wordsworth, and his whole family tree, are buried in the churchyard here.
Could this gravestone have been the inspiration for the “Lancelot Fleming” (“Flem”) character in Monarch of the Glen???
After visiting the church and the churchyard, we had to try the famous Grasmere gingerbread from Sarah Nelson’s shop just outside one corner of the churchyard.
It went down a treat. Best gingerbread cookies we’ve ever had!
Seattle’s Best in Cumbria???
This river is so beautiful, and carves such a lush and peaceful green area through the town.
Stone walls everywhere here, just like in the Yorkshire Dales.
We walked along the river footpath back to the playground next to our bus stop. It was a perfect way to get out of the sun for a bit and enjoy the lovely babbling river.
We got close to some lambs and their mothers. They were so frisky and cute!
Time for a play and a snack before hopping back on the bus…
We caught another bus, this time headed for Ambleside. Gorgeous scenery along the way.
And some up-close and personal experiences with the foliage…
Grasmere (the lake, not the town)
The intrepid photographer.
Ambleside: a large Lake District Town on the northern section of Lake Windermere. Very hilly, and very attractive. We enjoyed our afternoon there wandering through the streets. (Notice the very blue, very cloudless skies!)
Might have to buy a jacket like this for Charlie when we visit Harris…
Stunning mountain views at the end of almost every street.
Ambleside also had a sweet babbling brook running through town.
Once again, a nap was needed. Shortly after Charlie fell asleep, we jumped on the bus again and headed back to Windermere. Tonight: fish and chips from The Little Chippy in Windermere. The chips were nothing special, but this was definitely the best battered and fried haddock I have ever had. SO yummy!