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The Lake District, is a mountainous region in North West England. It is a very popular holiday destination, and it is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains. The Lake District National Park was established in 1951 and covers an area of 2,362 square kilometres. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017.
We went for a weekend getaway in 2016 which doesn’t even start to cover everything that there is to see and the beauty of this place!
We departed from Cambridge, and it took us around 8 hours to arrive at our little cottage in the middle of nowhere. Funny anecdote, when we put the address of the cottage on the Sat Nav it actually brought us to an empty field. So we had to go back and read the hotel instructions to be able to find it.
Because we arrived late the only thing we were able to do that day was to find a pub to have diner and then go back to our cottage to rest.
Waste Water Lake
The next morning after a full English breakfast, we were on our way to explore the area. Our first stop was the Waste Water lake.
Wast Water is a lake located in Wasdale, a valley in the western part of the Lake District National Park. The lake is almost 3 miles (4.8 km) long and more than one-third mile (500 m) wide. It is a glacial lake, formed in a glacially ‘over-deepened’ valley. It is the deepest lake in England at 258 feet (79 m). The surface of the lake is about 200 feet (60 m) above sea level, while its bottom is over 50 feet (15 m) below sea level.
We found a place to park the car, and we took some of my favourite photos of all time!
National Trust Wray Castle
Wray Castle is a Victorian neo-gothic building at Claif. The house and grounds have belonged to the National Trust since 1929, but the house has only recently opened to the public on a regular basis.
I will admit that I didn’t do my research and I thought that it was a medieval era building, but it was actually built in 1840 for a retired Liverpudlian surgeon, James Dawson.
The castle turned out to be very family oriented, so we decided instead to go for a beautiful walk along the lake.
Claife Viewing Station
We then stopped for a cup of tea and visit Claife station.
Claife Station is the ruins of a residence overlooking Windermere, notable, for the fact that each room was glazed in differing coloured glass to give the effect of viewing the landscape in the changing seasons.
Bowness-on-Windermere is a tourist honeypot due to its position on the banks of Windermere. It is the most popular holiday resort and has, off course, an excellent centre for boating activities.
And this was the end of our visit. We found a nice restaurant in Bowness-on-Windermere and then headed up back to our cottage and in the morning we were on the road back to Cambridge.
It was an extremely short visit for a place that has so much to offer. But, we will be back soon!