The lake district: Pleasant moments with some not so pleasant moments

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One thing I absolutely loved about my trip to The lake district was getting lost. Well, I wasn’t exactly lost, It just felt like it at the time.

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On my way to Hawkshead the bus journey took me around some of the most stunning lake views which inspired me to jump off the bus to visit on the way back. Although, I didn’t quite get off where I had originally intended.

I got of the bus just outside Ambleside centre and walked along what I now know to be Ambleside road.

The road curves right around this huge beautiful lake and these breathtaking views.

I did not expect it

As I’m walking around what feels like heaven, I unexpectedly hear the loudest aircraft noise I have ever heard, then two aircrafts (like the one pictured above) zoom over my head. They were extremely fast, low, twisting, and doing all different types of mamanoeuvres. All whilst staying very closely together. I completely froze! It certainly wasn’t something I was expecting to see. I come to the conclusion of how it most definitely must be a military training session. Though, this thought didn’t seem to have much of an effect. I still found the whole experience unpleasant and they really made me a little nervous for some reason. I think it was the incredibly loud sound of them and how low and fast they were flying. Nonetheless, I just wanted to catch a bus and get a way from them 🀣. The only thing was, I couldn’t actually find a bus stop.

I walked and walked whilst these planes kept coming. There was not a bus stop anywhere, nor a single soul in sight apart from the odd car that went by. This only intensified my nervousness, as I felt more and more isolated with each step I took. But, I come to a hotel and hope I will find someone to ask where the nearest bus stop was. Well, that was my intention, until I was distracted by most beautiful views I had seen from the bus earlier.

As I walk through the hotel gardens and admiring the lake views, wondering if its a private part of the lake for guests and I’m not supposed to be here. Regardless, I continue in the hopes I won’t be asked to leave.

It was so blissful with not a single person around and finally the planes had stopped flying.

For those interested the hotel was named Langdale Chase Hotel, a beautiful country house hotel.

Oh! And I did eventually find a bus stop 🀣

Thanks for stopping by

Stay blessed πŸ™πŸΎ

Natalie ❀

The lake district: Hawkshead Village/Cumbria

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Hi all! Welcome back to my blog. It’s been a while since I posted about my failed trip to the Lake district, but I’m back today with a post of the more successful visit.

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Unlike the organised trip last time, this trip was carefully planned out. Well, I say carefully planned out, but due to my train being two- minutes late on arrival, I missed the bus to Hawkshead, then had to wait an hour for the next oneπŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ. Nonetheless, it turned out to be one of my favourite trips of 2021.

Location

Hawkshead is a beautiful market village made up of white stone houses, arches and cute tearooms. It is located in Cumbria, England in the South Lakeland area.

Some fun facts about Hawkshead

It was established by the monks of Furness Abbey (The wealthiest and largest monastery in North England) as the main centre for the wool trade.

Beatrix Potter lived only two miles away from here in her Hill top house in a village called Near Sawrey. Her husband William Heelis, a solicitor from Hawkshead worked in the building which is now the Beatrix Potter Museum in Hawkshead. Beatrix also spent many family holidays here in Hawkshead.

Most of the buildings here were built in and between the 17th and 18th centuries.

William Wordsworth schooled here at the Hawkshead Grammer School, he came here in 1779 after his mother passed away. He and his brother Richard stayed here and lived with a local widow named Ann Tyson. His experience of the nature here during his adolescent years inspired his poetry writing.

How I spent my time here

In all honesty, I didn’t spent a great deal of time here, due to me missing the bus. I only spent around 50mims here as I had to take the very next bus back to Windermere. Although, to be fair I think this was sufficient time since there wasn’t many places open due to Covid.

I Strolled around the streets, alleyways and residential areas admiring the beautiful stoned white buildings and houses.

I visited St Michael and All Angels Church

This church and church yard sits on a hill looking over the village, with views of Esthwaite Water, Helvellyn and the Langsdales, aswell as Claife Heights.

It was also the place where William Wordsworth liked to sit and I could see why.

As I mentioned earlier most of the places were closed, but if your thinking of putting this place on your bucket list I have listed a few suggestions of places to visit here.

Places to visit here in Hawkshead

Beatrix Potter Museum

Minstrels Gallery

St Michael and All Angels Church

The Little Ice Cream Shop

The Old Grammar School

Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House

Hawkshead Courthouse

The Chocolate factory

Tips and Advice for travelling to Hawkshead

Car

Travelling by car – Please be aware the centre of Hawkshead is closed to cars as it is a car free zone. There is a car park just on the outskirts, see here for more information and price details.

Public Transport

Travelling by bus or train – Take the train to Windermere train station, get on the 505 at the bus stop directly outside the train station.

Purchase a Hop on and off day ticket for Β£8.50, this can take you all around the lake district. Check here for more ticket options including tickets for children, families and groups.

I hope you have enjoyed my blog today, please feel free to share with anyone you feel it may benefit.

Many thanks for reading

Stay blessed πŸ™πŸΎ

Natalie ❀