This is our last full day in the Lake District. The weather has been perfect every day and although today is supposed to be a bit cooler at about 15C, it was a bright blue sky and sunny. After a good ‘bacon butty’ for breakfast, we headed off for today’s destination: the Grizedale Forest.
Once again, we took the ferry across Lake Windermere, through Far Sawrey, Hill Top and Near Sawrey and Hawkeshead, before arriving at the Grizedale Forest. This is a huge conservation area that is maintained and operated by the National Forestry Commission. The forest is logged and we even saw a double loaded logging truck winding through these narrow roads. Unbelievable!
At the Visitor’s Centre, we found out that there are 3 walking trails: easy, medium and difficult. We opted for the easy route. There were interested sculptures along the way – animals carved out of wood – and big, brass keys in the trees that you could wind and they played music, sorta like winding up a music box. Well, some of them played music. We stopped for photos along the way, mostly of each other, but also a very idyllic pasture scene: a large maple tree flanked by 2 huge copper beech trees with sheep lying under them. Mike and I had to climb down a bit of an embankment to get an unobstructed view.
On the way back to the parking lot, I discovered that I had lost my sunglasses. I’ve taken to putting them on the brim of my hat, while I’m taking photos; generally they stay there, but they slipped off. Since they are prescription glasses, I backtracked to find them and find them I did, on the embankment that we climbed down to shoot the trees. So, no big deal.
By this time it was 3:00 and we were all quite hungry, so we drove into Hawkeshead to find a pub for lunch. We stopped at the Red Lion Inn, a very nice little pub that was quite busy. The menu, the service and the food was great. We had sausage and carmelized onion on ciabatta, ham and cheddar on ciabatta, excellent chips and some tasty onion rings. We stuffed ourselves then rolled to the car for the drive back home.
We had planned to stop at the St. Peter’s Parish Church, in Far Sawrey on the way back. We had driven past this awesome looking building a couple of times, so we weren’t going to do it again without checking it out. As is typical in these small towns, we had to search for the road to the church and found a very narrow 1-lane road leading to it. As all churches around here, the cemetery is on the grounds all around the building and the architecture is awesome. Building of the church was finished in 1869 and is between Lake Windermere and Esthwaite Water. The church was open, so we went inside for some photos. Continuing on, we stopped on the road above the church to get some distant photos of it as well.
We arrived back at the ferry pier just as it was leaving, but no big deal….it goes every 20 minutes and it’s a very short ride.
We didn’t bother with dinner tonight, but just relaxed by reading, playing on various mobile devices and processing a few photos. I haven’t put a lot of them on the blog yet, but plan to over the next day or so. If you’re reading this, come back for another look.
It’s 10:38 and time to call it a night. We have to pack up in the morning and be checked out by 10:00 AM for the 5 hour drive back to St. Neots.