From Skelwith Bridge to Ambleside….

Well pretty much as forecast, this morning dawned foggy and grey but it will take more than that for us to change our plans! We parked up in the same place as yesterday but this time walked in the opposite direction towards Ambleside. Rather than taking the direct route along the main road which was too busy we set off in the opposite direction and wandered along the lanes via Skelwith Fold. It was a very peaceful walk but unfortunately the views were somewhat diminished by the low lying mists.

After a couple of miles (mostly up hill) walk without seeing a soul we started to descend back down to the River Brathay at Clappersgate about half a mile shy of Ambleside.

From here it was a roadside path to the centre of the village. Well what can I say about Ambleside – busy, pretty slate shops and houses, lots of pubs and cafes – oh yes and very busy! Nice atmosphere and if you fancy a bit of retail therapy (mostly of the outdoor pursuits kind) or something to eat and drink – look no further. For us though a bit too busy, so after a wander around, a look at the Bridge House, we set off for home.

By now the weather has really closed in and so the walk back was damp with even less to see but still peaceful. 7.5 miles.

Two thoughts of the day:

  • Did you know? The Bridge House started its life as an access point across the beck for the landowner and his land and an apple store but has also been home to a family of 8!!
  • Mizzle – nobody’s friend – you get damp and can’t see anything!
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