Britain 09 - Day 17
Today the weather dawned fine and cool with a scattering of clouds. I took the opportunity to take the walk from Bowness up to the top of Brentfell, the high point behind the town. On my return we had breakfast then queued for the car ferry across to Near Sawrey and Beatrix Potter country. We had lunch at Hawkshead then drove on to Grasmere and Dove Cottage.
Walking up to Brentfell
The hill immediately behind Bowness has a steep walking track that climbs first to Knott Top then on to Brentfell. In the early morning there were a few walkers, mostly with dogs, but these all stopped at Knott Top and none went on to the real top at Brentfell as I did. The whole walk took me 47 minutes and I climbed a total of 127m vertical distance. From the top there are extensive views across Bowness and to the head of each arm of Lake Windermere.
Across Windermere on the Car Ferry
After breakfast, we headed for the car ferry to go across the lake to Sawrey and Hill Top Farm. I had long been longing forward to this crossing, firsly because I like car ferries and have sailed on them in many parts of the world. Secondly, this one has a webcam, and I had been watching it over the past year or so, I was interested to see the ferry in real life. The webcam can be found here. This ferry is also unusual as it uses a pair of cables run across the lake as its means of propulsion.
Hill Top Farm, Sawrey
From the car ferry it was a short drive to Near Sawrey and Hill Top Farm. There is a small car park at the entrance to the famr, but this was full, so we were directed to a public car park about 300m further along, and this still had several spaces. We walked back, paied our money for tickets to the farm and then wandered through Near Sawrey to the farm. The tickets are timed - you have a 10 minute window during which you can enter. There were knowledgeable guides throughout the property, and as you exit there is a well-stocked souvenir shop. From the farm, we drove on to Hawkshead for the Potter Gallery, in theold Heelis law offices. We found lunch at the Kings Arms Hotel, and recommend their smoked salmon salad and the Ploughman's lunch.
From Hawkshead we drove on to Coniston for a quick look at Coniston Water of Donald Campbell and "Bluebird" fame, before continuing on to Dove Cottage at Grasmere.
Dove Cottage and the Lake Poets
We followed the A591 past Rydal Water and Lake Grasmere. It was late afternoon, and the weather had cleared up nicely with a fine sunny afternoon. We took the guided tour through the Cottage and then went through the museum with its wonderful collection of materials.
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