Nice to be back in Ambleside, where it all started.
Ambleside is indeed the spot where it literally all started – the place we came to live for a week to register to get married in 1989. I am glad we did.
Good Morning Ambleside
Love the lakes, even on a drab day the light at 4.40pm in february can be surprising…
Ambleside is good – 30 years on!
Nice to be back in the heart of the lakes with some special friends, probably 30 years since we first stayed up here, and at least 25 since we got married up here.
Pintail Cottage is where it all started – above a fudge shop.
In 1989 we had to live above this shop for a week to register in the area and be married at Kendal Registry Office on 19th August 1989.
This little house over the beck is still owned by the National Trust
Our pals booked us all in for a lovely spa day here, we did a lot of nothing and then had lunch, it was good…
Ambleside Coffee shop heaven
Many things in Ambleside don’t seem to have changed, but there are certainly more coffee shops and outdoor clothing specialists than anywhere else I have been recently!
It’s nice here…
As promised, I have some more serious pics today after heading out from Ambleside and the spa, we managed a couple of hours walking towards Rydal Hall and Nab Scar.
Rydal Water and Rydal Hall
Rydal Water is a small body of water in the central part of the English Lake District, in the county of Cumbria. It is located near the hamlet of Rydal, between Grasmere and Ambleside in the Rothay Valley.
Rydal Water from the’coffin route’ above Rydal Hall
The lake is 1290yd (1.18 km) long and varies in width up to a maximum of 380yd (350m), covering an area of 0.12 mi² (0.31 km²). It has a maximum depth of 65 ft (17m) and an elevation above sea level of 177 ft (54m). The lake is both supplied and drained by the river Rothay, which flows from Grasmere upstream and towards Windermere downstream.
The waters of the southern half of the lake are leased by the Lowther Estate to the National Trust, whilst those of the northern half belong to the estate of Rydal Hall. Navigation is prohibited, except for residents of Rydal Hall.
Beautiful light on Nab Scar
Numerous walks are possible in the surrounding hills, as well as a walk around the lake itself, which takes in Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, both homes to William Wordsworth, and Rydal Cave, a former quarry working. At the western end of the lake, steps lead to Wordsworth’s Seat, which is considered to have been Wordsworth’s favourite viewpoint in the Lake District.
We will be re-visiting many of our favourite walks over the coming days, and if the sun looks like shining, I will get out the big camera!
If not, I will be staying in the pub…
A whole new way of tidying up crisp packets…