Last month, my husband and I took a trip up to the Lake District in Northwest England, which is renowned for its beautiful scenery. In fact, the Lake District is considered a must-see as one of the most beautiful places in England. We stayed for three days and three nights, soaking it all in, through mist and rain and sunshine and overcast skies. With the ever-changing weather, the landscape looked different from moment to moment.
In the photo of Lake Windermere above, you can see a hint of sunlight hitting the far hills. For perspective’s sake, you might also notice the boat cruising across the lake in the top left.
This is a close-up of the hilly area in sunlight mentioned above. Here, at the north end of the lake, you can really see the mountains climb quickly in the background. We’ll be venturing into those mountains in a future post, but for now, if you look closely you can just see Wray Castle (owned by National Trust) on the far bank on a hill. I wish I could have taken a closer picture, but my zoom can only do so much.
Lake Windermere (more specifically Bowness-on-Windermere) served as our home-base for two of our three days in the Lake District. We stayed at Fayrer Garden House Hotel, which was wonderful and has a restaurant that served us one of the best dinners ever. This garden is the hotel’s front yard. I was so excited by the exquisite surroundings that I had to take pictures just after we arrived in the early evening. The back garden also had a view of the lake (but pictures of the lake in this post were taken from a scenic turn-out just north of Bowness-on-Windermere).
As did this hellebore. What a cool flower, yes? I did not know what kind of flower this was until I got home and looked it up. I read that hellebores are sometimes referred to as Christmas Rose, Lenten Rose, or Easter Rose even though hellebores are not in the rose family. I don’t know if these common names attach to varieties different from the one pictured here, so I’ll just stop at hellebore.
Lake Windermere is lovely and peaceful, but we chose it as home-base because of its central location. Although we had planned to take a lake cruise, we never did and only caught glimpses of the lake as we traveled farther afield to even more picturesque locations, which I will feature in upcoming posts.