Off to the Lake District! And no, it wasn’t affiliated with the Hunger Games; trust me, I wish it was. With giant, attacking swans surrounding the area, I felt like I was already nominated to be Tribute; but not really.
The Lake District was extremely beautiful. I mean B-E-A-U-TIFUL. It’s one of those places that you really have to spend a nice, long weekend up there to really see as many sights, and experience many wonders.
After a late night out on the town, I managed to get out of bed at 7am, and catch my bus at 8:30. The bus ride was approx. 2 hours and on the bus ride there, I met some new friends; which is always awesome. We arrived to a cloudy, misty, and yet gorgeous view of Lake Windermere. The Lake District is so vast, with so many little towns, hills, and sights to see that we were only able to venture around Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere. This was potentially the most touristy place to visit.
After chilling with some giant swans, we began our trek from Bowness-on-Windermere to the town of Windermere. The pubs didn’t open til 12, so by the time we walked all the way to Windermere, the pubs were open, and we all got lunch. We ended up meeting a Canadian and an American at the pub, who were pretty chill and eventually travelled with us for the rest of the day.
Being the tour guide of the pack (since I do a bunch of research of the places I visit, and write down all the places I want to see), I led everyone to a mountain/hill called Orrest Head, where I read that the view was said to be absolutely amazing. The trek up the hill was honestly a walk in the park, and with the leaves changing colours, the paths up the hill felt like I was back home in Ontario. This time of year at home, I would be going on nature walks with my dogs and family. Just going through these nature trails in England made me feel great that I was experiencing my traditional nature walks, but at the same time, missed my family and animals.
As we hiked up the hill, we came to a path where a Donkey was waiting to be given attention. We called hime Eddie, and quoted lines from Shrek; he was adorable.
~Sometimes life is so busy, you don’t have time to stop and smell the leaves.
This is a quote that really hits close to home. This was finally a day to relax from my busy life style and really enjoy the scenery. A time of serenity. And It was.
We reached the top of the summit, and were all just taken back on how gorgeous and awe-inspiring the view was. This was another time where you just feel on top of the world and feel infinite.
Before we trekked up the hill, my friend Kristen brought up the idea of summit brews, which is basically buying alcohol and bringing it with you as you climb the summit. Once you reach the top, you crack open the brews and celebrate! This is exactly what we did. We’re classy like that.
Once we took everything in, we journeyed down the hill and through the countryside, eventually walking along Lake Windermere back to Bowness-on-Windermere to do one more thing that we wanted to do while at the Lake District. And it wasn’t to play with the swans; even though we ended up doing that.
WE DECIDED TO BUY A BOAT!
Well… rent one for an hour. But still.
We had our own boat to drive on Lake Windermere, which was just phenomenal.
Because there were 8 of us, we had to split into two boats, which was an awesome idea, because we spent that hour racing, playing chinese fire drill (where you hop out of one boat and switch into the other one…without falling into the water), and pretty much playing bumper cars. It was an fun time, and a liberating experience.
Who gets the chance to drive boats in England? This kid!
Of course we broke into song a few times, especially with I’M ON A BOAT!
We could have paid £7.50 for a boat cruise around the lake, but instead got a really good deal with driving boats ourselves, which was only £6 and a lot more fun!
The day was short, but the spectacular views and good times made at the Lake District that day were memories I’ll remember forever.