2013
07.25

To Ambleside by bike and boat

Sunday 7.

Up and away in good time after another hearty breakfast and my first taste of black pudding. Not a breakfast taste for me. (Or me, but I have since had it in a derlicious risotto, P)

Rode the 30 kms to Windermere, but the road got narrower and the traffic got heavier, so we moved on to plan B and caught the boat up the lake to Ambleside. Best decision, only 25 minutes, not long enough, it was calm and superb. The Lake is 12 miles long and a mile across at the widest point. It is dotted with little islands, was that Wildcat Island?  It was good having a commentary to point out the amazing pikes and fells and high peaks – all such incredible shapes.

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On lake Windemere

As we were negotiating our way up the steep hill through Ambleside, we were hailed by a cyclist wearing the same Australian Audax cycling jersey as Peter! It was Julian who lives here and had been to Melbourne to do the GSR last year. There was a lot of chortling, they will meet again on the LEL.

The Howes BnB here is lovely with a beautiful garden and a magnificent dogwood in full bloom at the front door.  It is on a quiet little road, we saw little robin redbreasts when we were walking in to go to dinner. Ambleside is amazing, lots of old slate colored stone buildings. Had a wonderful meal and bottle of Spanish white in the courtyard of a fine restaurant where it was still warm and sunny at 9.00pm

Jane

PS/ At the restaurant we were discussing pre-dinner drinks. Jane scored the most spectacular Pims, c freshly chopped fruit and mint picked by the waitress on he way to fulfill the order.  I had a local beer – not bad either, P

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