A Lake District Lunch Stop

We'd planned a quick getaway as a delayed birthday present for my other half, primarily consisting of a day at Alton Towers but we opted to make the most of our stops on the way.  And what better place to take a lunch break than in the Lake District National Park.

I'm not a fan of rollercoasters, in fact I don't do rollercoasters at all, but  as a birthday adventure we headed off to Alton Towers none the less and I'm just happy to have a few days away and since we converted some airmiles into tickets, it didn't cost the earth either.

So we started out trip down to Stoke-on-Trent nice and early in the morning and, as it's a five hour trip from our Glasgow home, we planned a lunch stop in the Lake District. Having thought ahead I had booked a little boat cruise and researched a quick walk at both the stop off points of the cruise but unfortunately when we arrived it was tipping it down. On parting up at Bowness-on-Windermere we swiftly abandon the walking plan, opting to stay dry for the rest of the drive down rather than risk getting drenched.

It wasn't a great first impression of the Lake District with the torrential rain, an overpriced car park and then being charged 40p to use what turned out to be a truly horrid bathroom with only one sink.
Despite this we ended up having a nice lunch, albeit in the car, before heading on our little boat journey taking us across Lake Windermere.

The view back toward Bowness-on-Windermere

The rain did go off and it was a nice little trip from Bowness-on-Windermere to Ambleside and back again. Nice views but we both agreed that we weren't overly impressed with the Lake District based on our little tour boat. Perhaps we are spoiled for view in Scotland or maybe the gloomy day altered out perceptions but nice as it is we couldn't really see what all the fuss is about. While Windermere may be the hub of the Lake District I suspect the key is to go a hike and look back over it from a vista somewhere rather than the lake itself.

The view towards Ambleside
Lake Windermere from the Bowness Pier
So after a very quick excursion in the Lake District we head onward to our budget hotel which is outside Stoke-on-Trent in the Trentham Estate. We arrive for dinner time but only after some quite frightening roads around the Stoke area. How do such badly designed motorways exist? And are all English drivers as crazy as those in Stoke?

After heading out for little wander around before dinner it's an early night for us ready for rollercoasters in the morning. Luckily, we had made sure to buy lunch for the following day as we had almost forgotten that everything is shut on Sundays in England.

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