Our first day of exploring the Lake District started off easy. Mike and Jackie are up about 7:00 each morning to take the dogs out for a walk. I was up shortly after 6:00, but didn’t go for a walk. I thought I’d save myself for the rest of the day. 🙂 Bonnie celebrated Mother’s Day by sleeping in a bit longer.
After breakfast and Jackie making sandwiches for lunch on the road, we loaded up the roof box with our camera gear, etc. and loaded Binx and Tazza into the boot. Off we went for our first tour of The Lakes in the sunshine and forecasted temperature of 24C. Final destination: Pooley Bridge, at the north end of Ullswater Lake.
The drive took us east of Lake Windermere, through Kirkstone Pass, where we stopped to take in the awesome view. There’s an inn there, the Kirkstone Pass Inn Free House, which was established in 1496!
We continued on through Hartsop, Patterdale and Glenridding. Just outside of Glenridding, we pulled over to stretch our legs and give the dogs a bit of a run on the rocks above the lake.
Just a little way down the road we took a short side trip to the waterfall at Aira Force. After getting a few photographs, we continued on through Watermillock to Pooley Bridge at the north end of Ullswater. We walked along the lake for a while, took a few photos, made our way back to the car for the drive home.
Back in Windermere, we made a stop at Tesco Express to pick up a few groceries, including burgers for the BBQ. The rest of the evening was spent taking it easy, bed by 10:30 to be ready for another day in The Lakes.