June 17 – Today’s task is to get back to the place we left the trail, and complete the Dales Way by walking into Bowness (pronounced Bonus) on Windermere. Will we be able to get on the bus?
As it’s Sunday, there are even fewer buses than yesterday. (Everyone we talk to tells how the transportation services have gone downhill here since the government started requiring them to turn a profit. Austerity is not fun.) We get to the bus station early, and there are already people queued up to board. Luckily, this is a big old double-decker bus, and there is room for all.
Just joking – that is an antique bus on display. We rode in a nice modern one.
The Sunday bus takes us to Staveley, where we can reconnect with our trail. There’s absolutely nothing open on a Sunday morning in Staveley, so we just walked through the little town. Our Emma is interested that French fries are called chips here. Here’s a pic for you, Emma.
Pretty soon, we found the Dales Way marker and were back on the moor. Here’s a sign we hadn’t seen before:
That cow is definitely giving me the side eye!
The terrain is getting rockier.
We’re passed by a farmer giving his three dogs a ride on his ATV, steering with one hand and holding onto the dogs with the other.
By lunchtime we reached Bowness on Windermere.
Is this the lake? No, just a pond…
As we reached the top of the hill, the sun came out!
Our first glimpse of Lake Windermere:
We found the bench that marks the end of the Dales Way. This hike is done!
Walking down to the lake was sort of surreal. We are now officially in the Lake District, a very popular tourist destination in summer.
The lakeshore was packed with tourists, all Chinese. Not what we expected!
We celebrated by having a Chinese lunch, and we were the only non-Asians in the restaurant. We were handed an English menu, while everyone else was ordering off one written in Mandarin. We spoke to several people, all from Shanghai. By the time lunch was over, it was raining again.
The Lake District is where Beatrix Potter spent her summers, and the Lake District National Park was created by her bequest. So there is a tribute to Peter Rabbit here.
Such a pretty lake.
Isn’t this a lovely house?
Lots of places for tourists to part with their money:
After a day of rest, we will start our next adventure: the Coast to Coast!