I had the occasion to visit the Southern Lakes – Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside. I made a mistake in my thinking about parking the car. I thought as it was still April and the A591 was closed, these towns wouldn’t be very busy. In actual fact I believe I found the very last parking place in the whole of the region and even then only by negotiating with a driver who wanted to share my space.
I had forgotten how beautiful these towns were; the sun shining on the lake was a bonus. It was almost a 100 mile trip. To get there I chose to go by Ullswater and the Kirkstone Pass. I returned via Kendal, mainly because I couldn’t find the road leading to Ullswater.
The devastation of the December floods was still evident – fields piled high with stones in Glenridding, waterfronts boarded up in Bowness, plus roads and bridges closed. Maybe the news propaganda has increased interest.
Carol in southern Cumbria.