Enjoying the Freedom of the Lakes

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AS Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame once wrote: “Believe me ... there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”.

I couldn’t agree more and that is why I take every opportunity to go boating.

One of my favourite places for a boat cruise is Windermere. I find the lake utterly magical and it always lifts my heart.

Although it was wet and windy, I headed to Windermere on Sunday. The violent weather had obviously put some tourists off but I think the atmosphere of the lake is even more spine-tingling when the elements are at war.

As my husband Sparky (Mark) was on holiday in France with his mum, I went to the lake alone.

I didn’t mind this one bit as it gave me the opportunity to soak up the splendour of the lake in complete peace. It was an opportunity to witness the last vestiges of summer and drink in a taste of autumn.

I picked up a return ticket to Ambleside at the Windermere Lake Cruises ticket office. The friendly staff welcomed me aboard “Miss Lakeland II” and I could feel the excitement building. Most of the passengers opted to sit on the heated lower deck where refreshments could be purchased but I chose to sit on the upper level which was open to the elements.

See The Visitor (14-09-11) for full story.