River Cruise in France travel blog

The bus stop from our dining room window

Relaxing in our house garden

Taking the boat from Bowness to Ambleside Pier

Our return boat was like this

Lake Windemere shore

Lake Windemere shore

One of the "small" homes on the lake

Approaching Ambleside Pier

We took a shuttle bus into Ambleside village on streets like this

Ambleside Market Hall


his morning was a lazy morning for sleeping in and a leisurely breakfast. Afterwards April, Gwen and Otis spent several hours wandering around Bowness and stopping for scones at a small bakery. While they were doing that, I spent the morning reading in the sunshine outside our front door. The house owner (Georgeene) “popped” in to say Hello.

Our English river cruise friend (Joan) and a friend of hers arrived at noon today from their home in Formby which is a couple hour train ride from here. They are staying at a B&B that is a very short distance and 2 minute walk from us. After a rest and cup of tea, we caught the local bus which stops right in front of our house and went to the Bowness Ferry Dock. Since the weather continued to be sunny and jacket weather, we decided to take a short boat ride on Lake Windemere to the small town of Ambleside. After a 30 minute ride admiring the lake and the big houses along the shore, we arrived at the Ambleside pier and then took a shuttle into the village. We just wandered around for a bit, had an ice cream cone for Margaret and then went back to the pier for the return ride home.

Joan & Pat went to check in and then met us at a restaurant which is right across the street. We had a great meal and Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert (it's so good, this is the second night in a row we had it). An early night for all as we are going to catch a local bus in the morning to two small villages (Grasmere – the home of ginger bread and Hawkshead. This will take us ½ way cross to the other side of the Lake and back.



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