Lake District 5th September 2016.
A weeks holiday from the office and we headed up to the Lake District for a two night mini break (love a mini break....you actually feel like you have had far more holidays than you have actually had), also mini breaks are meant to be good for you as you think you have had far more holidays than you have actually had! Four hours up via the M50, around Birmingham and then M6, off at Junction 37 and we arrived at Kendal at the same time that the Tour of Britain 2016 Cycling Event (we were aware of this double booking...our helpful hosts at The Beech Tree Guest House had warned us). We parked the car at the Westmorland Shopping Centre at the bottom of the town and headed into the main street for a cup of tea and a tea cake. Revived and on foot we headed along the now closed main streets of the town, the route the bikes would take within around half an hour. The ‘media circus’ was parked right outside our accommodation at Beech Tree Guest House at the top of the hill and they really were right outside, Beech Tree Guest House had completely disappeared from view.
It was quite a hill to finish that days cycling on, but they powered up and then straight off to their support crew for a rub down and ... possibly a cup of tea and a tea cake, although I suspect something far more nutritiously beneficial and ‘technical’. We then watched the presentation of numerous jerseys to the winner and the media circus dispersed to the next town no doubt. We collected our car and headed to the guest house which was wonderful.
We did the tourist trail the next day. Off to Bowness on Windermere and down to Bowness Lakeside, the new school term made little impact on the tourist numbers; it was very busy and very beautiful. We had a boat trip to Ambleside; we disembarked at Waterhead (thinking we were in Ambleside) and thought ‘is this it? It was lovely, but very small. A map in the car park gave directions to the real Ambleside which was a 15 minute walk away, Ambleside was very nice – similar to Bowness, had a look around, a bowl of soup each, cup of tea and the usual tea cake, another quick look around the outdoor shops and late afternoon headed back to Bowness just in time to leave the car park before the parking fee ran out.
Headed back to the accommodation and a lovely Thai meal that evening. Had the next morning in Kendal and really appreciated what a lovely place it was, a beautiful town, a tourist destination, but a real and working town, weather lovely and people friendly...what more could you want?