I made a trip to the Lake District a week after my solo London vacation. And this time I managed to drag someone along with me. hahaha
Windermere was our destination, and it took us roughly 3-4 hours by train. It was rather annoying how our first train arrived late (at Oxenholme, I think? Can’t quite remember) and we missed our connecting train by something like a minute or two. Ended up having to buy new tickets and catch the next train.
I realised I forgot I take a photo of the B&B where we stayed. Meh. Anyway, we settled in then headed out for lunch before returning to the room to make a rough game plan for the next few days. The fairly heavy rain was not conducive to attempts to do anything besides hide indoors. After deciding in general what we’d do over the next couple of days, we then… decided to take a nap. 8D It was nearly 4pm by then and there isn’t much to do in the evenings/nights (not to mention the fact that it was still raining). But our ideas of “nap” clearly differ – one slept for 20 minutes, the other for 2 hours. Guess which was me. ha.
When I got up, we went to find dinner and then strolled around town in the rain for a bit.
They provide coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the rooms. Being the chocolate lovers that we are, we chose to have hot chocolate while we played simulations of 8-bit games on a netbook (my friend’s netbook; I don’t have one). Or rather, I attempted to play them. But I’m rather awful at them. hahahaha I think I’m basically only good with Tetris.
Breakfast at the Ashleigh Guest House is served at 8.30a.m. We were usually the first to come down for breakfast somehow.
I had scrambled eggs every day. Lazy to change. hahah But the breakfast was fantastic. Best three breakfasts in the UK for me. Baked beans, ham, mushrooms, a sausage, a hash brown, and good ol’ bread and butter. I’m not too concerned about the eggs and the tomato, but the rest of it was so sooo nice. ♥
After breakfast, we walked to Bowness-on-Windermere, the town right next to Lake Windermere. Bowness is a little bigger and busier than Windermere itself. A short stroll, about 20 minutes.
View from the boat. Also, there was a family on the boat who were clearly either from Singapore or Malaysia – that accent is unmistakable. hahaha (I keep on wondering if I’m going to sound different to everyone once I get back…)
We didn’t make it to the actual Stock Ghyll Force, but it was an enjoyable walk despite the muddiness and everything. We decided that we’d had enough when we came across a gigantic puddle in the pathway that would have required us to squelch through what looked like a 2m-wide puddle of mud. Not an entertaining thought.
Then it was on to the World of Beatrix Potter attraction! Apparently we both have mothers who adore Beatrix Potter, and we’re not too far off on the Beatrix Potter appreciation scale ourselves either (and we think rabbits are cute and fuzzy) so, this was a must-see.
There was a little garden area, which I quite liked – mainly because at least my photos there would turn out decently. The pics indoors mostly came out blurry and were very grainy because I had to use the highest ISO. :/
Gosh, I miss those pillows… I sometimes wonder if the fact that I have only one flat-ish pillow in my room is the reason why it’s difficult for me to get to sleep occasionally.
And super-long post ends here. whew!