After a delicious breakfast overlooking the lake I hit the road. I had two soft targets for today: visit Ambleside and retrace the train trip between Windermere and Oxenholme for photographs.
I walked to Bowness-on-Windermere as that's where the cruises leave. Ambleside is at the top of the lake whereas Bowness is midway down. I wasn't sure what to expect in Ambleside but I knew the landscape in the north was more mountainous.
In Bowness, these boats were tied up near the piers for the cruises.
The cruise takes about 25 min each way.
Ambleside is a mile inland from the lake. On the way I spotted these sheep under the cover of the bushes. Not sure what they were taking cover from as it wasn't raining at the time.
Ambleside is pretty. Lots of buildings made from slate and some great views of the surrounding hills and mountains.
This two room building over a stream was curious.
I passed a small gallery with some lovely local paintings and prints. They had a series of prints which were a good size for my place so I bought a couple.
Other than that I did anything BUT amble around Ambleside. I had it in my mind to get to part two of my day and I knew that was kind of dependent on catching the 1:05 boat back. So I kept up a rapid pace. In hindsight it might have been nicer to wander.
Anyway, I made the boat in time. On the way back it started to spot with rain that became constant by the time we docked. Faced with the prospect of getting a little wet my resolution to continue on disappeared completely. After checking timetables I found a bus was due in a few minutes that would take me past the hotel. Bargain.
So, even though it's only 3:00 I'm staying here in front of the fire in the bar. I've had some warming soup. Time to relax.