We were away in the south Lakes for the weekend, with John, Steph & Sierra, taking advantage of a cheap room and dinner offer at Ambleside YHA. There was a nice sounding walk along the western shore of Windermere in our south Lakes ATP walks book, which we decided to go and do today with Isabel in her rucksack carrier.
We set off walking in the sunshine, from a car park approx 1km south of Bowness town centre, at around 11am and wandered the few hundred metres down to the ferry slipway, stopping en route for John to get his caffeine fix! The ferry was on the far side of the lake, so we admired the views of the lakes, complete with many boats and a lone swan, whilst we waited.
After what has to be one of the cheapest ferry crossings in the country at only 50p per person, we arrived on the western shore, where there was a helpful sign quoting a phone number to ring in case we get stranded on the wrong side! We followed the road for a short distance before picking up a path around the edge of a harbour filled with boats.
|Looking N along Windermere from near the Ferry House|
|Harbour on Windermere near the Ferry House|
|Boats by Windermere|
|Uprooted dead tree on W shore of Windermere|
|Beach on Windermere's western shore|
|Woodland track along W shore of Windermere|
|Small stream in Belt Ash Coppice|
|Stone path covered in fallen leaves|
|Track back down to the lake|