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Lake District, Cumbria, England: Spring Visit, Stunning Scenery, Lake Cruises and Train Ride; Inspiring Literature

Updated on September 16, 2019
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Ann loves to travel at home and abroad. The British Isles have so much to offer from South to North, from East to West.

The Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Lake District National Park
The Lake District National Park | Source

Spring Break

In the Spring of 2019, we visited The Lake District. ‘Good luck with the weather!’ they all said.

The Lake District, also known as The Lakes or Lakeland, is England’s largest National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It sits in the northwest corner of England, in the county of Cumbria, close to the west coast. The west of England tends to have more rain and any mountainous region will also attract precipitation. Therefore, we didn’t expect to have wall to wall sunshine.

Well, we got it! Our April week was sunny and warm so we were privileged to see the mountains and valleys in all their glory, free of mist and bathed in varying yellow hues from sunshine to shade.

One of the spectacular sights of this region in Spring is a bright yellow patchwork of daffodils, my favourite flower. The large trumpets nod reverence to the sun and lift the soul. They abound in hedgerows, woods, fields and verges. They jump out at you round a bend, maybe in someone’s garden or as ready-made bunches in the grass.


Wordsworth's Host of Golden Daffodils?

Daffodils 'neath the trees by a babbling brook
Daffodils 'neath the trees by a babbling brook | Source

Mountains, Valleys and Lakes

As a result of geological activity over the ages, the Lake District has a varied landscape of U-shaped valleys and steep, sharp ridges. It has England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and its deepest and longest lakes. The ancient volcanic rock does not allow seepage, so the valleys (formed from glacial activity) have stored large volumes of water.

‘The Lakes’ are individually named ‘lake’ or ‘water’ or ‘mere’ and the smallest are referred to as ‘tarns’.

In fact, there is traditionally only one Lake - Bassenthwaite. It’s the most northerly of the Lakes and one of the shallowest.

Of the 16 main lakes, Windermere is the largest and longest. Wastwater, a glacial lake and the deepest in England, has its surface 200 feet above sea level and its bottom over 50 feet below sea level! (the ‘wast’ is pronounced with an ‘a’ as in ‘was’ and with a soft ’s’)


Rugged Mountains, Sweeping or Plunging Valleys and Deep Lakeland Waters

Across the Lake to Rugged Scenery
Across the Lake to Rugged Scenery | Source

Ambleside

Ambleside is a small town at the northern end of Lake Windermere. It is a cosy, friendly place, with granite stone architecture and open spaces, all sheltered by cradling steep crags. Amble down to the Lake or stroll around the shops. A museum, library and art gallery enable the visitor to learn about the town and its surroundings from Roman occupation up to the present, including watercolours by Beatrix Potter.

Another literary figure, the poet and writer William Wordsworth, occupied the post of Collector of Stamps for Westmorland and had his office in the Old Stamp House on Church Street. His job was distributing official stamps for legal documents and collecting the excise duty on their sale. This gave him sufficient means to be able to continue writing his poetry.


Scenes of Ambleside

Town nestled in the Mountains
Town nestled in the Mountains | Source
Ambleside Church
Ambleside Church | Source

Hawkshead

This is a pretty village and one of its claims to fame is that Wordsworth, along with his brother, went to Hawkshead Grammar School between the ages of 9 and 17 (1778-1787). It was then one of the best schools in England. Wordsworth carved his name on one of the desks, still there for all to see.

Wordsworth was born in the Lake District and kept it close to his heart, returning to live and work there.

Beatrix Potter lived near here, in a cottage called 'Hill Top', a couple of miles from Hawkshead. Here she wrote her Tales of Peter Rabbit and others, using the location for many of those stories. She illustrated these herself, being not only a writer but also an accomplished artist, as mentioned above.


Cottages in Hawkshead

Wordsworth Street, Hawkshead
Wordsworth Street, Hawkshead | Source
A Village of Pretty Cottages
A Village of Pretty Cottages | Source

Kirkstone Pass to Ullswater via Brothers Water

Returning from Hawkshead gives you the opportunity of going via Kirkstone Pass. A narrow road over the mountains, often shut in winter, it has breath-taking panoramas, dips and crags. The road can be hazardous and upwards from Ambleside it is known as 'The Struggle'!

Kirkstone Pass is so called as there is a stone which resembles a church steeple on the roadside near the inn at the top of the pass. 'Kirk' means 'church' in old Norse. It is the Lake District's highest pass open to vehicles, having a gradient in some places of 1 in 4 (1 foot incline for every 4 feet in length).

It winds its sometimes weary path up and over, down to Brothers Water and eventually to Ullswater. Narrow with passing places, it's not a road for the faint-hearted.


Kirkstone Pass Descent to Brothers Water

Through to the Other Side!
Through to the Other Side! | Source

Bowness on Windermere

Take a stroll around busy, friendly Bowness. It's alive with visitors and traffic and the breeze off the lake brushes your cares away. The quayside is buzzing with steamers passing to and fro on Windermere, entertaining us all and providing unique views of this splendid region.

Bowness

Bowness town....
Bowness town.... | Source
... and Jetty
... and Jetty | Source

Steam Cruise on Lake Windermere, down to Lakeside

The steamers are traditional wooden boats with funnels to direct the steam up and away. They chug along the waters and, provided you have suitable clothing, you can enjoy the breezes and occasional spray off the lake.

They take you back to the days of Arthur Ransome's 'Swallows and Amazons', full of romance and nostalgia. There is a canopy to shelter us from wind and rain but today it's glorious, the sun bathing the crags, hills and shoreline, sparkling on the lake, accentuating the ripples from the bow and the frothy wash from the stern.

It's a round trip of about 45 minutes, with varied scenery; some shore-line houses and several vistas of deep valleys and high crags offering stout walking or lazy fishing on the perimeter.

Impossible not to touch the polished tan wood of the rails and decoration of this transport. It has an architecture of its own, carved, inlaid, moulded and curved with love and skill. The metal funnel belches a little as it provides our energy; energy to carve the waves and energy to watch, listen, take in a whole panoramic vista, our brains awash with vibrant scenery, birdlife and life-sustaining, deep waters.


Steam Boats

Steam Cruiser 'Tern'
Steam Cruiser 'Tern' | Source
Small Private Steamer
Small Private Steamer | Source
To the North of Lake Windermere
To the North of Lake Windermere | Source
Looking South
Looking South | Source
Curved glossy wooden rails
Curved glossy wooden rails | Source

Steam Train from Lakeside to Haverthwaite

Steam engine Repulse was waiting for us at Lakeside, with its red and cream carriages inviting us to an afternoon's leisurely journey to Haverthwaite Station.

The Victorian carriages have such charm with their intricate decoration. You're in a timewarp as you trundle along and view scenery likewise unchanged since those times. Only the grand holiday folk would take a steamer or a train then but we were the lucky ones now, to travel in their footsteps.

Majestic steam engines belch steam to surround the trees in fleeting mystery, and toot their way past brook and meadow, shouting at those witnessing the scene to watch and stand back to remember the past, revel in what it brought us and wonder at its technological, surely more beautiful than more modern rail transport!

More daffodils nodded 'good day' from the shade of copses and river banks, wishing us safe arrival at our stately destination.


Lakeside Station, 'Repulse' and Journey to Haverthwaite

Steam Train waiting at Lakeside Station
Steam Train waiting at Lakeside Station | Source
Steam Engine 'Repulse'
Steam Engine 'Repulse' | Source
Out of Lakeside Station
Out of Lakeside Station | Source
Reflective Scenery
Reflective Scenery | Source
View of Haverthwaite from Train
View of Haverthwaite from Train | Source
Arrival!
Arrival! | Source

Keswick

Keswick is a market town which nestles in the mountains within the Lake District National Park. It hosts the Cumberland Pencil Museum, its own Museum and an Art Gallery. Derwent Water is to the south of the town.

I love visiting a town on market day. The positive buzz of activity is fun and vibrant. This one was a mixture of local produce and tourist souvenirs, good quality ones.

On a clear day it's at full capacity as vendors and visitors alike make hay while the sun shines. I'd bet that twice the amount of money is made in good weather. Most areas of any county have their local specialities, be they grown or hand-made. That's what makes a souvenir so special; seeing it on a shelf at home or finding it in a drawer takes you straight back to that place on that day, to relive part of your holiday and make you smile.


Keswick Town

Keswick Market Place
Keswick Market Place | Source
Keswick Town Centre
Keswick Town Centre | Source

Steam Cruise on Ullswater

Our journey took us on a winding country road to the far end of Ullswater where we waited for the steamer to take us back from steep valleyed mountains to ever more open water by broad fields down to a level shoreline. The waters broadened and civilisation came closer. I realised I wasn't keen to become part of it again, at least not so soon.

More scenery to make us gasp, to inspire the inner soul; more depths of water to lull us into a dreamy trance. It left us not wanting to reach the far jetty where we would have to step from the ever-moving craft onto terra firma and thus leave our tryst with nature, our time suspension, to resume our lives which hold us to the here and now.

As the mountains became a misty grey background, so the waters broadened, the vista became brighter, greener, more lush in the pastures which allowed homes, boat-houses by the shore and clusters of yachts, the latter tacking on the calm lake, just enough wind to keep them moving.

A long jetty came into view and all too soon the journey was over. Such an experience, though, is not forgotten as it fades from view. You can dream on the Lakes, you can fancy you're in 'Swallows and Amazons', exploring the unknown, you can be bold, brave and adventurous. You can also just drift and lose yourself in the very heart of an ancient land, in the power of the elements and become one with your history.


Alluring Ullswater

Two Types of Steam Boats
Two Types of Steam Boats | Source
Inside the Steamer
Inside the Steamer | Source
Designs Astern
Designs Astern | Source
From Gentle Shores...
From Gentle Shores... | Source
... to High Crags
... to High Crags | Source
Strata to Shore
Strata to Shore | Source
Sailing under Sweeping Skies
Sailing under Sweeping Skies | Source
Map of Ullswater showing route of Steamer
Map of Ullswater showing route of Steamer | Source
Jetty to the other end of the Lake!
Jetty to the other end of the Lake! | Source

Inspiration

The Lakes have inspired many a writer, famous or not. The three who are most connected with the area, for me, are William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome.

I have already mentioned Wordsworth and Potter so let's find out a little about Arthur Ransome. My favourite of the three, he wrote 'Swallows and Amazons', 'Secret Water' and others. He was at school in Windermere and learned to sail on Coniston. His stories are based around a group of children sailing on these lakes.

Before that, Ransome was also a journalist, an autobiographer and a spy! As a foreign correspondent in WW1 he covered the Russian Revolution and was recruited by MI5 as a spy to provide information on the Bolsheviks.

He settled in the Lakes in 1925, with his wife. Many of the locations in his stories reflect real places in the area. I read and re-read those books as a child and they transported me to a world of nature, exploration and adventure - one reason why I'd always wanted to visit The Lake District.


Ransome's 'Cormorant Island' on Windermere?

Is this the inspiration for Ransome's Cormorant Island?
Is this the inspiration for Ransome's Cormorant Island? | Source

Wildlife - Red Squirrels

Wildlife abounds in the Lakes. Our hotel was in Shap and situated down a narrow lane, in a sheltered hollow with a scattering of houses, giving the illusion of being in the middle of the moors.

Adjacent was a small forest, also isolated from any other trees in this exposed region. This isolation gave us an unexpected advantage of being able to see the Red Squirrel. Smaller than the grey, this charming animal is now scarce in England due to a disease passed to them by the grey. They can be found in a few protected pockets of the country and this is one of them, due to the expanse of the moor making it nigh impossible for the grey to reach. What a bonus for us!

They were fed at 8 o'clock each morning but could be seen often during the day if you walked up the valley and kept a keen lookout. Clever creatures, they've long ago worked out how to get the feed from the cages and their actions are fascinating. Being fairly tame but not over-trusting, several of them allowed us a glimpse - a delight and a privilege.


Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel Russett
Red Squirrel Russett | Source
What's in it for me?
What's in it for me? | Source
Yummy!
Yummy! | Source
Nature's Camouflage
Nature's Camouflage | Source

Pheasant

I spied this hen pheasant in the bushes whilst following the Red Squirrels. At first, it seemed a patch of lighter foliage beneath the trees. It moved and I could see one eye. One second more and she emerged further, maybe catching the confidence of the squirrels.

Not a rare sight anywhere in England but to be closer than usual, and see the hen rather than the cock, pleased me. She was shy, pale and far less significant than the male, but she made me smile and I thanked her.


Hen Pheasant

Peeping from the Undergrowth
Peeping from the Undergrowth | Source

Grey Wagtail

On the last day of our stay, outside the hotel beside the sparkling stream bubbling over the rocks, we spied a Grey Wagtail. Having tails which bob or 'wag', they are aptly named. I had often seen the common wagtail which roosts in small trees in most of our towns but his flash of yellow caught my eye; I had never seen this type before.

He flitted after insects on land and water. He stayed still for just a few seconds at a time. Time for me to 'click' if I was quick! A final delight on our final day.


Grey Wagtail on the Moors

Searching for Insects
Searching for Insects | Source

Not To Be Missed!

I urge anyone to visit the Lake District. It is majestic beauty. It is pure inspiration. It is rugged nature and sweeping open skies. You will be moved, inspired, encouraged to explore further. There are opportunities to walk, climb or take a tour. You can be as isolated or as included as you wish.

This was my first visit and it won't be my last. I revel in the wilderness of such places. I absorb the air, gasp at the panoramas and feed my heart and soul with all the glory of nature.


On the Moors

Shelter by Babbling Brook
Shelter by Babbling Brook | Source
Nothing to Blot the Landscape
Nothing to Blot the Landscape | Source

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    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      2 weeks ago from SW England

      You're welcome, Lawrence. Thanks for reading and for your extra input. I bet it was a great place to have holidays - even more unspoilt than it is now!

      Ann

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      3 weeks ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Ann

      When I was growing up mum and Dad had a caravan sited at Cockermouth in the Lake district.

      Every long weekend we would be bundled into the car and a great weekend was spent there.

      One other famous the person from there was Fletcher Christian (think mutiny on the Bounty fame) who was born in Cockermouth.

      Thanks for bringing good memories back.

      Lawrence

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      Ann Carr 

      3 weeks ago from SW England

      Thank you, Denise. Glad you liked this and, yes, you never know, maybe you'll see it some time. The whole area is certainly worth the visit.

      Good to see you.

      Ann

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      Denise McGill 

      3 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      How I would love to visit the Lake District. I've often longed to see Hill Top Farm. It seems that day may never come but you never know. Thanks for the photos of your journey.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Ann Carr 

      8 weeks ago from SW England

      Hello William. Thank you for your comments.

      I think it's beautiful even in the mists and rain - just a different atmosphere.

      You never know, you might visit one day!

      Ann

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      William Kovacic 

      8 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thank you for the tour, Ann. What a beautiful place! I'm glad the sun was good to you. I would love to visit the area, but I doubt that will happen any time soon.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Thanks, Mel, for your interesting input and kind words.

      Yes, it can look very grim in bad weather, as do most mountainous regions I suppose. The Lake District has the advantage that the land is also broad and sweeping, so the contrast is amazing.

      I hope you do manage to see it yourself one day.

      Ann

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 months ago from San Diego California

      I was recalling a line from a Smiths song - "Hopes may lie in the Grasmere, but honeypie you're not safe here," which made me research what Grasmere was, which it turns out is a town connected with Wordsworth and also Walter Scott, who used to meet at a place called The Swan. Until your article I didn't know this was in the lakes district, which looks like a lovely place. It also looks like a place that could be very foreboding when shrouded in mist, like some prototypical Gothic horror movie.

      Great travel guide you have provided, I hope to see it with my own eyes someday.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Hello, Dianna! Good to see you.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the journey with me. We certainly did have a great time. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

      Ann

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      Dianna Mendez 

      2 months ago

      Thank you for taking us on this beautiful journey. You must have enjoyed every moment.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, John. Glad you enjoyed travelling along with me and I appreciate your kind comments.

      I'm still trying to pen some articles regarding my trip to Oz in February (including Darwin!) but I can't seem to get into it either - too much to write about. That sounds silly but I just don't know where to start. I'll get there in the end!

      Looking forward to reading about your trip anyway - how about starting with what inspired it and go from there?

      Ann

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ann, what a delightful journey you took us on. Your words were descriptive and a joy to read, and the photos of the Lakes District just call one to visit. Thank you for sharing about the famous writers who lived there as well. A wonderful article.

      I'd like to write about my recent six-week road trip to Darwin and back but for some reason, I just haven't felt the required inspiration to start yet. I know it will be a big undertaking.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Hello Glenis. Yes, weather was superb, unexpectedly! There wasn't a drop of rain and not many clouds. I was so pleased.

      Glad you liked the wildlife pics.

      Thanks for the visit. Good to see you.

      Ann

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      GlenR 

      2 months ago from UK

      Weather looks good. No rain? Nice wildlife pics x

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Chris, for such a wonderful comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this journey. The wild countryside in many parts of Britain takes us away from all the 'aggro' at the moment! The natural perspective calms us and makes all else seem insignificant.

      Hope you're keeping well.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      You're welcome, Jo. I hope you have a fantastic trip and that your granddaughter enjoys it too. Tell me if you're around Somerset at any time!

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Hello Cynthia. Thank you for your kind comments. I do hope you get to see it up close and personal one day. It's definitely worth the trip!

      Ann

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      Chris Mills 

      2 months ago from Kettering, Ohio through January, 2020

      Anne, my friend, you just keep tempting me with the beauty of your countryside and mountainsides. This is well written and descriptive. Who can ignore phrases such as, "The large trumpets nod reverence to the sun and lift the soul." I followed you to the highest crag and the lowest depths of the lakes. Thank you for this marvelous journey.

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      Jo Miller 

      2 months ago from Tennessee

      Thanks, Ann, for that info. We're really looking forward to our trip. Bringing one of our granddaughters with us.

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      Cynthia 

      2 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Everything about the Lake Country seems very familiar to me, although I've never been. Must be all that Wordsworth that followed me lonely as a cloud from early school years through University? Or maybe the Beatrix Potter books I tried to get my boys to love when they were small. In any case, your photos and descriptions are very aluring, and someday I might actually make it there to see myself!

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Linda. I'm glad to inspire you to visit and I hope you manage to do so one day. I'm surprised I left it so late to visit the Lakes as I've lived in England all my life. So many of us concentrate on going abroad when we have so much here on the doorstep. We intend to do more exploration of Britain now.

      Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Thanks, Flourish. I'm glad this brought back good memories of your holiday. Yes, the animals were a delight. Didn't see any birds of prey, which was a little disappointing for me as I thought there might be a few over the moors and crags!

      Good to see you here.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Liz. Sadly, the photo of the island is the only one which isn't mine, as I didn't have one of an island linked to Ransome. It certainly is a great photo, right down to the symmetry of the clouds!

      You're right - this is THE place in the sunshine.

      Thanks for the visit.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Hi Jo! Glad you liked this. We were lucky to see it in solid sunshine.

      There are no shortages! However, there is a lot of scaremongering and Parliament is in turmoil. The average man or woman in the street is going about life just as they always do. We are all fed up with the shambles though!

      You should have the advantage of the falling pound against the dollar, so my advice is come and enjoy it all. Brexit is overplayed and not well reported. It should not affect you at all, in my view.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Hello Dolores! Glad you enjoyed this little trip. They say that's the island he used as his inspiration but it's not definite. There are quite a few on most of the lakes, varying in size.

      Thank you for the visit.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Pamela. It was a great holiday, a good get-away, and I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it. It is a good example of our more open and rugged countryside.

      Ann

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your photos are beautiful, Ann. It sounds like you had a wonderful visit. I would love to explore the areas that you saw and the places connected to the writers. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      My family was fortunate enough to visit the Lake District and remember it fondly. We especially enjoyed Beatrix Potter’s cottage. I enjoyed both your descriptions and those photos. It takes me back to 10 years ago when we visited. Especially loved the animals!

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 months ago from UK

      This is an excellent article, showcasing the Lake District at its best. Friends of ours had a good week there later in the Spring. When you get the weather, as you did, it takes a lot to beat this stunning area. Top class photos. The island one especially is prize winning.

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      Jo Miller 

      2 months ago from Tennessee

      I've visited the Lake District, Ann, and loved it.

      I have a question for you: Is it a good time to visit England now? We had planned a short trip soon and are hearing rumors that now might not be a good time to visit because of the political turmoil. My husband just told me about some rumors he'd heard today about shortages.

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      Dolores Monet 

      2 months ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Ann - I so enjoyed my armchair visit to the beautiful Lake District. Your photograph of what you like to think of as Ransome's Cormorant Island is especially lovely. Glad you had sunshine!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This sounds like an absolutely lovely vacation. I would love to visit the countryside around Lake Windermere, and see the rest of the area you visited. I love your pictures, and traveling over that countryside would be fantastic. I found this article to be .a woderful example of the coutryside in England that anyone would love to see.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      RTalloni: Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Impossible not to share such a wonderful place!

      Good to see you.

      Ann

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      RTalloni 

      2 months ago

      My first comment doesn't appear to have gone through, but I enjoyed this post very much. Thank you for sharing your visit with us.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Mary. It is such a lovely place, I can't wait to go again. Yes, those squirrels are impossible to ignore.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Good to see you.

      Ann

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      Mary Norton 

      2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I was there last Spring but only went through the Lake District as we visited the grandchildren in Scotland where they are studying. The year before, we were there and no matter how many times I have been there, I continue to marvel at its beauty. Maybe next Spring I will spend more time there. Like you, I love the daffodils there and the fact that Spring is earlier than in Canada, it's a great time to visit. Thanks for sharing. Even the familiar red squirrels were inviting.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Hello bill! Great to have you along for the journey and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, it's certainly heavenly countryside.

      As for the coats, Spring time in the north is seldom warm enough for discarding them but down in the sunny south we often have a chance to do just that! Apart from the breezy lakeside, we did manage it, even there!

      We've had an exceptional summer here so I don't mind going back to the cardigans and jackets now. Breezy and wet today - even that has its charm!

      Thanks, bill. Hoping that your September is good too and that you have a wow of a Wednesday!

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Lorna. I'm glad you enjoyed this and that it's inspired you to return. I don't think I could ever tire of it, even if the weather is inclement.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My kind of country, Ann...lakes,stream, mountains, forests, valleys....like dying and going to heaven, me thinks. Thanks for letting me tag along. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip with you.

      On a side not,every picture of England I see shows people in heavy coats. Do you people ever have a month when the coats are not necessary? LOL

      Loved the journey! Wishing you a brilliant early September.

      bill

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      Lorna Lamon 

      2 months ago

      Such a wonderful detailed article Ann complete with beautiful photos. I visited Lake Windermere many years ago and your article has encouraged me to go back, as it has so much to offer. I think your last three lines perfectly describes this peaceful place. Thank you for the trip.

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