life without a car for 48 Hours

48 Hours Without A Car At Lingmoor Guest House

Roads through the Lake District

Day 1: After a tasty breakfast in our delightful dining room, take a leisurely walk window shopping the village of Windermere and onwards down the new lake road passing the other bed and breakfast’s and hotels until you reach Bowness. Descending the hill, view the lake in the distance and drop down browsing the shops or saving them for later to break the journey back up the hill to Windermere.

At the bottom of the hill bear left along the cobbles of Ash Street and at the other end to your right, you will see the quaint church of St Martins on your right. Cross the road towards Rumours pittza and pasta restaurant and a few more minutes walk will have you at the boat pier. Now you need to decide, north for Waterhead at Ambleside, Borrans park, Stockghyl falls and Bridge House (you will not believe that a family once resided here ). Take tea at the Glasshouse, the Apple pie shop or Lucy’s on a plate.

Alternatively, go south to Lakeside and the aquarium or the Haverthwaite steam trains. There is a cafe where you can get a refreshing cup of tea whilst you view the lake.

Back in Windermere sit a while on the lake shore by the boat piers or along the flat walk of Cockshot Point off Glebe road.

Stretch your legs and stroll back up to Windermere taking time for a little retail therapy or catch a bus or taxi back to the guesthouse.

Having returned to the guesthouse in the late afternoon, relax with a book from the bookcase or borrow a dvd and rest a while before venturing out for your evening meal at any of the many varied restaurants.

The fresh air having knocked you out and putting some colour in your cheeks, will help you sleep and rest ready for another full day ahead.

Day 2: After a full English breakfast get ready for a trip further north. Pop in to tourist information around the corner from Lingmoor and on route to the coach and train station for very experienced help, pick up a bus time table. Buying an all day ticket for the bus from the driver you can travel to Ambleside and spend time shopping or have a go at the pitch and putt.

Travel on to Grasmere and stroll around this delightful Lakeland village, stopping to buy the famous Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread. The walk around the lake only takes one and a half hours and is relatively easy with only one smallish ascent. You could stay longer here and walk through to Rydal or after a cup of tea back at the garden centre, get back on the bus and travel on to the market town of Keswick. With the views of the mountains at the back of the town, it is a pleasant place to shop and we would particularly recommend the pasty shop at the top end of the town and Friar’s sweet and chocolate shop.

If you have time and the energy, walk down to Derwentwater and take a 10 minute stroll along to Friar’s Crag, stay a while and marvel at the tranquility and view. The scenery along the A591 from Keswick to Windermere is beautiful and you cannot appreciate it if you are driving. You will see lovely whitewashed cottages, Lakeland stone house’s and inn’s nestled in the foothills. Waterfall’s and lakes which still look spectacular on even the dullest of days.