After gathering up all the strength I could from the waterfall, I headed back to the coach to head to Windermere/Ambleside. It was about an hour’s drive away but I wasn’t complaining! The scenery along the way was just breathtaking. We were driving through valleys in between snow-capped mountains, small lakes and dainty towns. Trust me, there were even times when I’d wanted to ask the driver to stop the bus so that I can go down and just take in the beauty but oh well, that didn’t happen.
It didn’t really matter though cos I was happy to arrive in Windermere early!
It was love at first sight.
It is an absolutely stunning place, despite the gloomy weather (but hey, that’s England for you), and the fact that I was right smack in front of England’s largest natural lake was a bonus!
I felt so….. at peace.
Ahhh, there’s just something about water that does magic for me, I tell you.
I mean, just look at that. How surreal is it to see the snow-capped mountains in the background?
And c’mon, who doesn’t love looking at ducks chilling out? 😛
Anyway, I realised that I couldn’t just hang around the lake for long because I was freezing to the bone so I decided to take a walk up to Ambleside.
I even walked past an old Roman fort, Galava, along the way!
Can you see the slits for arrows? 🙂 Yup, you know it’s old if it has those slits in the walls!
The town’s name is derived from Old Norse Á-mel-sǽtr = “river — sandbank — summer pasture” (source), and I can see why.
I personally really loved the stone facade of the buildings! It just makes the whole town seem like it’s from a different time, y’know. It felt magical walking around. (I’ll be honest, for some reason, I felt like I was like Belle from Beauty and The Beast, walking around town, though I’m pretty sure it was a heck of a lot different in the movie, but whatever. :P)
Every time I enter into these small towns, I always wonder where the school is but then that’s just the educator in me talking.
I mean, if it has a cinema, it has to have a school right?!
There wasn’t really anything much to do in the town, to be honest, except to walk around and step into the (what I have to admit are) quirky shops, such as a bookstore, candy stores, cafes. There’s another 70ft waterfall about a 30mins walk away but I figured I didn’t have enough time to head there.
I found these in one of the stores:
Hehh. Loved it!
Wasn’t a surprise though that I found myself heading back to the lake quite soon after.
I could have just stayed there for hours. Give me a good book, a warm blanket (and a heater, maybe) and some food and I’ll be good to stay the entire night!
How can anyone not fall in love with such beauty and tranquility?
“Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed Ayat (proofs, evidences, signs, etc.) for people of understanding.”
(Surat Al-Baqarah 2:164)