The long drive to Cumbria/ Lake District doesn’t take away the excitement of finally being in Wordsworth country. Appleby on the border of Lake District as well as the Yorkshire dales gives an ample view of the dales and the lakes. It was fascinating to see the adorable looking 🐑 sheep , a few wandering into the road. ( I do know it’s very stinky if you go near them….. throw back of New Zealand days)
The ride from Pooley bridge to Aira falls is breathtaking. The Ullswater Lake is huge and curves gently into the far distance. The ride to the falls is along the lake .
The hike to see the falls is through the old woodlands and landscaped glades before reaching the spectacular stone arch bridge spanning the 65 foot waterfall. The magnificent waterfall looks like Butterscotch cascading into many rapids. We were following Wordsworth ‘s steps on this circular walk which weaves up through the trees and over bridges, below and above the tumbling waterfall. There is an intriguing path to explore if you walk further and higher than the falls. The Red Squirrel native to Cumbria are apparently found in these woods.
Kirkstone pass is enroute to Windermere. The ride is not only winding but steadily ascending. Surrounded by endless rolling meadows, along with the winding roads makes you feel that you are on a roller coaster . Once you descend , it gives way to sheer fellsides and , the picture post card town of Windermere greets you. It’s popular throughout the year with access to Lake cruises, shops, pubs and cafes.
We took a short cruise in the Windermere lake, from Bowness to Ambleside. Formed 13000 years ago It is the largest natural lake in England ( 17 kms) and surrounded by mountain peaks and villages. The cruise is a great way to see the lake and the lovely lake shore properties.
Little fun facts: Did you know that the two towns of Windermere and Bowness were the second area in England to get electric street lighting.
The railway arrived in Windermere in 1847 and it heralded mass tourist activity in Lake District. Many local people including Wordsworth opposed the expansion of the railway lines into the area as they did not welcome the prospect of large numbers of visitors coming in by train. He wrote” is there no nook of English ground secure from rash assault? How can this blight endure…….? I do wonder what Wordsworth would say if he were alive today? Not just Lake District but England itself.