Lynette, James and I set off into Ambleside, strolled past the old church. across the stone bridge and along the quiet road that runs next to the river. The river had swollen its banks and was rushing rapidly through the valley.
Our walk then took us uphill to a very large and picturesque cave. From there, the path meandered around the hills above Rydal Water and Lake Grasmere. The views were lovely, but would have been much more beautiful had the sun been shining.
It took us a few hours to reach the town of Grasmere. Here we had some refreshments before catching a bus back to our guest house. Michael and I then strolled back into Ambleside to buy some supplies for our evening meal which we enjoyed with Lynette & James in their somewhat larger room and more salubrious room situated in the main building. (Our small room was located in the ‘Hideaway’, a smaller building at the back of the complex.)
Our bread and tomatoes, accompanied by smoked salmon, olives, and salad with chicken and bacon, was followed by some delicious little custard tarts. Carrying ones own cutting boards and cutlery does come in handy!
Our meal over and dishes rinsed, it was time to head off to bed. The weather forecast promised warmth and sunshine in the coming week — great for our time in the Peak District National Park and London, but too late for our stay here in Ambleside. Still, the area is still stunningly beautiful in rain or shine.