Bowness on Windermere- The Lake District

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Park Cliffe Caravan Park

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Yesterday we made our way up to the Lake District. A good trip but of course half way to here it started to rain again and looked like it had set in pretty well. We arrived at the park early afternoon and  settled ourselves once again, also made the decision to leave the sightseeing for another day. Too wet and cold. So we had an easy afternoon watching a bit of TV and getting bombarded with the Olympic telecast. We did not see the opening ceremony the night before due to lack of coverage where we stayed. Never mind the replays will keep us informed.
This morning was a bit better so after breakfast we hopped in the car and had a look around the area. We are staying close to Lake Windermere and drove around most of the lake. First stop was Beatrix Potter territory in Bowness - on-Windermere. Beatrix Potter of course is well know for her childrens stories and lovely illustrations Some of her characters are the very famous Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Mrs Tiggy-winkle  The little books are still popular today both with parents and their children. Beatrix herself was a very interesting woman and lived well before her time. Her story is most interesting, she did not have children of her own and her childhood was not as happy as it might have been. She was also a passionate country woman and a very skilled farmer.We walked through her cottage, everything has , or has been kept exactly as she had it. Great furniture as well. They had lit the open fire and the smokey smell seemd to enhance the atmosphere. Nice to see. The garden was very much like she wrote about in her stories and you could imagine Peter Rabbit in there. Great visit.
Our next stop was the Motor Museum, what a surprise that was. Full of beautiful restored cars of all eras, very well displayed and a marvelous collection. They also displayed motorbikes, bicycles, little pedal cars etc etc. Anything realy that concerned mobility on wheels. A very nice way to spend a few hours on a rainy day,
Crossed the lake by ferry on our way home, another experience and gives you a different view of the lake and how big it is. The Lake district is a very nice area to visit and offers lots of attractions, unfortunately we do not have enough time to cover it all but we gave it a good try today.
Despite the weather we had a very interesting and rewarding day.
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