Day 3 Recap: It Finally Feels Like England
So at this point in the journey I’d hiked up the nearby fells… And of course it had started raining quite heavily. But i decided I hadn’t yet been down to lake Windermere, so I threw on my boots and set off in that direction! Again, I continued my habit of dissolving my paper maps in the rain and getting very lost, but eventually I made it over Orrest Head (essentially a big hill) into downtown Windermere. After stopping briefly to reward myself with some chips from the local fish and chip shop, I kept on through to Bowness. Here, my plan was take a ferry around lake Windermere to enjoy its natural beauty… Unfortunately I walked straight past the touring ferry and got on the 50p ferry that takes you straight across the lake… EDIT: after making it to Bowness I was cold and tired enough to I give in and hop on a bus for the first time since I got to Windermere then enjoyed the warm comfort of the Youth hostel, ate a hot meal and slept well
Overall a wet, cold, and not quite as exciting day, but certainly some interesting moments
- Orrest Head - rocky hill thing, with lots of benches on top in memory of people who died and presumably enjoyed the view from atop the hill
- Bowness - town by lake Windermere with all the ferries
- Hawkshead - destination of the not very exciting 50p ferry, but also the foot of a hill atop which author Beatrix Potter wrote many of her books
- Amateur Hiking Crew - a quite enthusiastic bunch of older folks whom ( why does it always sound wrong using ‘whom’? Please tell me of I’m using it incorrectly here) I bumped into whilst absolutely lost on my way up Orrest Head. They laughed at the fact that I was wearing shorts, we grumbled mutually about the weather, and they pointed me in the right direction!
- S - A lady I met on the ferry from Bowness to Hawkshead. She was much better prepared for the weather and seemed to feel a mix of sympathy and amusement at my cold wet state of being. Midway across the lake, S ran up to the captain’s cabin for the ferry, and the ferry came to a halt. She then ran down and to the front of the ferry pulling out a large metal and glass canister which she plunged into the lake…turns out she was testing the water quality for environmental purposes!
- -using hot food to stave of the misery of being cold and wet
- -enjoying being stuck in mud
- -appreciating the lake district’s wonderful views despite the rain
05/15/12 at 5:33pm