Date: 29th June 2016
Day 2 Destination: The tourist hotspot of Bowness-on-Windermere. However the highlight was definitely climbing the small hill called Moor How just behind the Park Cliffe campsite.
Day 2 Travel Map
Costs: £3.80 (bus return) + £16 (campsite) + £3 (pasty) = £22.80 ($30)
- Cornish Bakery has good pasties & a huge bargains after 5 PM.
- If you think there are 5 minutes left for the bus, spend them at the bus stop 😛 (We are generally good at this). This is especially true for the last bus of the day where there are only 6 buses the whole day.
It did rain out most of the day as was predicted so I could read up on the Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs by Tristan Gooley, a gift from my lovely wife who wanted me to stay safe. It’s a great book, especially for those wanting to explore the British Outdoors with many great examples to boot. We highly recommend getting it if you plan to camp.
The rain cleared out to give way to some clear weather in time for the last bus to Windermere & back that gave me around 40 minutes to amble in Bowness. As soon as I got off my bus, I saw a bus load of tourists taking selfies & photographs near the lake (Pokemon Go didn’t exist at this time).
What pained me was seeing some unruly kids trying to pet the swans but really were hitting them a little bit. Their parents seemed OK with it as they were taking pics of the “petting” session. Tourists should try to at least respect the culture of the country they are visiting, these kids & parents can clearly see no one else trying to pet these swans.
Many tourists come to Lake District, see Bowness, take a boat trip on Lake Windermere, have some ice cream and mark their visit to Lake District complete. I’ve seen this on Facebook too many times to count. Where this is an entirely valid itinerary to have, I felt it is also the most boring bit of this national park. The next post will give some details on why I have these thoughts.
Attempting to do some budgeting, I spotted the Cornish Bakery doling out a great deal on end of day pasties so got myself a couple of loaded pasties for a measly £3. The day ended on a high (literally) when it became sunny & I climbed the small Moor How hill which was just behind the campsite. One of the things we tend to do when doing outdoorsy stuff is eat meals in picturesque locations. So here is me enjoying my £1.5 Cornish pasty, yum. Took a few decent shots that will be posted on the area writeup, the views towards the good parts of Lake District National Park beyond Lake Windermere were clearly visible.