Thursday, 19 May 2011
Lake Windermere, at the southern end of the Lake District, is the largest natural lake in England, over 10 miles long by a mile wide. It is what's known as a ribbon lake: a long, thin stretch of water sitting in a trough gouged out by glaciers in the Ice Age, which then filled with meltwater when the ice retreated. There are three small towns around the lake - Ambleside, Bowness and Windermere - and the area is extremely popular with tourists. The lake is very crowded with boats - over 10,000 registered there! In addition there are ferries and pleasure cruisers making frequent tours.
I stopped off there on my way up to the North Lakes, just to have a look around. As you can see, the sky was dark and there was heavy rain most of the afternoon. In the end I retreated indoors.... to visit a wonderful house called Blackwell, built in 1900 in the Arts and Crafts style by M H Baillie Scott, as a holiday home for a wealthy Manchester brewery owner, Sir Edward Holt. It's absolutely delightful, a real joy; wonderfully preserved and exquisite in the detailing. As a bonus, there was an excellent exhibition of beautiful and evocative photos of the house. (No photos on this blog. I didn't take many because there was no light outside and photography wasn't allowed inside. I might put a couple on my other blog in time.) If you're interested, take a look at the website or, better still, visit if you can - I highly recommend it.