2013 - June - 06
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It was a time-honoured route that most of us took from London. Start at Euston and change at Preston, Lancaster or Oxenholme, as the timetable requires. However, travelling can also be a pleasure; the countryside, rolling past one's eyes, forms an ever changing tapestry of landscapes and the human imprints thereupon. Finally, Windermere - whose branch line is still going strong in a quasi act of defiance to Beeching - is in our sights and our Lakeland destination is not far away.
From the various parts of the home counties we all gradually descend on the hostel which will be our home for the next few days. The hostel is indeed very conveniently situated for downtown Ambleside with its shops and bus connections. A nice warm-up walk awaits the early birds. A visit to a local eatery and watering hole nicely rounds off our first day.
It was nice to get our feet used to the crunch crunch of the Lakeland slate. John E. had a nice 4 mile (6.5 Km) walk in store for the early arrivals. The walk gave us a total ascent approaching 300 metres, and took in some of the typical lush green countryside that - at this time of the year - nestles at the feet of the Lakeland mountains. The weather was well behaved - a good omen!
John E. chose our hostel on the basis that it would offer us the flexibility regarding eating out in the evening. Tonight, the White Lion, in downtown Ambleside, is in our sights. A good choice. The White Lion will also receive our custom on some subsequent days.
Our first day's walk, ably arranged and led by John E., was about 4 clockwise miles (6.5 Km) long, and gave us a total ascent approaching 300 metres. This was a nice warm up in preparation for the days ahead. Here you will see the map and heights relating to this walk; for data on all our walks, please click here.