I didn’t know much about the Lakes. I never heard of Penrith or Ullswater. But I picked up a cottage in Penrith, very close to Ullswater. It turned out I love Ullswater!
Before I went, Anne told me weather would influence how beautiful the Lakes could be. Of course everybody would prefer to go during good weather, but, as some of my British students said, ‘oh, you love the Lakes when you tour around the Lakes, but you’d kill yourself if you live there because it rains almost everyday.’ As I’m usually very lucky, weather-wise, when I travel. I’ll see whether it rains everyday. (p.s. actually, I don’t mind it rains everyday, as long as it doesn’t rain between 11am and 3pm, I’ll be very happy!)
Day 1: I went to Carlise. It was quite boring, so boring that I didn’t even take any photos. But hey ho, it’s only the first day. The weather was not great, drizzling all the time.
Day 2: Heather joined me. She’s a dear friend and came to the Lakes to keep me company and showed me around. It’s great that I don’t need to drive or worry about where to go. With her introduction to the Lakes, I started to see the beauty.
Weather started OK. We went out quite early, before 9 or 10am, I think (?).
But weather in the afternoon started to turn really awful. The wind almost blew our car away on our way back.
Even though the weather was not great, even though I didn’t take many good photos, Heather showed me many good places where I would go again! So, I’m not as ignorant of the Lakes as before. :)
Day 3: I wanted to go around Ullswater via A592, as Heather took me. Weather was great in the morning, but the road was closed because a lorry had an accident and blocked the road. By accident, I went to Pool Bridge, where I found the steamer. My landlady told me steamer was great and I should go, so I’ll know where to go for steamer if I want to go. Later on today, I went to Grasmere, also another place Heather took me. I loved this little village! I think I came here about 10 years ago when I came with Michelle on a English Host ‘programme.’ Found the Sarah Ginger Bread place. But the weather started to turn in the afternoon.
Day 4: A lovely, lovely, lovely day!
Ullswater on A592. Sun was coming out!
National trust: Aira Force and Ullswater. It took me a while to find it. TomTom was not very reliable. Just when I was giving up, I saw the signs leading to Aira Force. I was so glad that I found it. It was just lovely, no other words for it.
The view coming down from Aira Force.
On A592, by Ullswater. These are my favourite photos so far.
A very characteristic pub on A592. I wasn’t very hungry, but I so needed to use their facilities. So, went in and found a little lovely place by the fire. I think I’ll come back to this pub again!
The Lakes don’t just have lakes, also peaks. Yes, that’s right, that car is mine, hehehehe :) I quite like their road design because I can stop to appreciate the view without walking too hard :P (Yes, I know, I’m lazy.)
Just a random view on A6 on my way back home.
1. 自己一個人也能很享受 (只是走路不敢走太多, 因為怕走丟, 更怕跌倒沒人救你, 因為這裏很多地方都沒有mobile phone signal)
2. 我終於找到可以喜歡iPhone的理由了, 那個panorama的照像功能真不賴!!
3. 我回來後找了找road trip的tips, 所以明天要explore另一條路B5289, leading to Buttermere :)
I used this website together with the National Trust website to find where I wanted to explore.