2013
07.25

Ambling around the Lakes.

Monday 8th.

Slept well, bit still wake up soon after 6.00am because it is so light. Had a good breakfast in our room and set off to ride the unladen bikes to Lake Grasmere. 

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Road a bit busy but countryside is gorgeous. After several stops for photos, we reached Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy, then his wife Mary and 3 of their 4 children. He used to walk in the country, or sit in the garden and compose his poems in his head. Then he would come on and dictate them to Dorothy or Mary, because he hated the handwriting process. Then there was the editing. It is amazing such a tiny 17thcentury little stone cottage still exists.

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Home made Dursley Pedersen clone

Spotted this very homemade Dursley clone at Dove Cottage. Obviously well used – P

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Dove Cottage

After lunch at the cafe there we rode on and up and up until we reached the Drunken Duck pub at the top of the hill. It was time for a welcome pot of tea and rest in the shade. I was surprised at how warm and humid it had become.

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We pressed on and up and finally reached Hill Top Farm, where Beatrix Potter used to live. She left the cottage and its furnishings to the National Trust, so it is a gorgeous little time capsule from the early 20th century. (Actual building is 17th century).

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Hills near the Drunken Duck

The garden was lovely and there were bunny rabbits in the home field much to the delight of all the Japanese tourists. A generation ago Japanese children were taught to read English from BPs little books.

Finally, we sped down the last hills to Hawkshead where we caught the ferry across the lake to Bowness-on-Windemere. Peter was strong and decided to ride all the way back. I was tired and caught the next ferry back to Ambleside. He got back first!  Only a 40k day of riding forJane.

We went out to dinner at a different restaurant; nice,but the Pimms wasn’t as good as the Glass House the previous night. Really enjoy the walk up the hill through the woods to The Howes B & B.

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Woodland approach to Howes b&b.

Jane

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