Feeling nostalgic as I write this post, friends from the UK skyped us last night on the occasion of their 30th wedding anniversary. I was best man at their wedding and my wife was chief bridesmaid. They live in the UK in the same place as they got married and have lived for most of their lives, Windermere, Cumbria; technically a town, not a village but my blog so I get to change the parameters! Situated on the edge of the largest natural lake in the UK, Windermere is in an area of unqualified beauty, known as the Lake District. This area is the most popular British National Park, with all year round visitors from all over the world. The area is awash with history, poets, painters, photographers and writers,think John Ruskin, Beatrix Potter, Wordsworth. The craggy mountains, beautiful and in a lot of cases remote, tarns and lakes make an area awash with nature and beauty. Hikers, campers strollers it is a nirvana for them.
Windermere itself is set back a little from the lake but as it has grown it now is not a far walk. Around the lake there are some lovely hotels set in their own grounds that run down to lake edge, it is at one of these we had our friends wedding. A steam boat travels around the lake stopping at the small towns of Lakeside and Ambleside, both worth a visit and sailing on the lake is such a pleasure – don’t try swimming in it though it is freezing whatever the temperature! Another attractive way to travel around the lake is via the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Heritage Steam Railway a really fun trip especially with the grandkids. The town lends itself to the many visitors with attractive shops that if modernised have been kept to reflect the towns heritage, many being made from the local slate. The walks are amazing and for me Windermere is quintessentially British and somewhere I make a point of visiting whenever we are over. In fact looking to return there next year, considering what are the options? The wife wants to be over there for a good 2 months as feels we getting a bit long in the tooth to do this sort of journey in 2-3 weeks, huh she can speak for herself, I am as young as I think I am and today after writing this, thats about 25!!