72 hours seemed to be a very long time to stare continuously at my laptop screen so a three day long bank holiday looming at the horizon spanked me into instant action last week. Discussions, Google maps, suggestions from the natives and an exhaustive search on the Internet helped me to create a rough sketch of what I wanted to see in the Lake district. Although I must confess that “Lake District” does not require such detailed Internet surfing but I like to have the details before I start. πŸ˜‰

Lake District(also known as LakeLand) is an area in North West England famous for is natural beauty and its 20+ lakes and natural reservoirs. It is a very popular tourist destination and has unsurpassed and untouched natural beauty. Its a place where many poems of William Wordsworth were born and where he was finally buried.

We got up early, made some Subway styleΒ chickenΒ sandwiches and picked up our car from the Airport and set out to explore the “real” Europe, as SRK famously said in DDLJ. I was sure that our path would keep us on the highway most of the time but we were in for a big surprise.

Our first destination was WastWater, which is the deepest lake in the district and stretches to 4.6 km. We were initially on the highway, but suddenly our path turned towards small two way roads on the hills. For an hour, we were not even sure that we were going in the right direction and blindly followed the GPS. It was thrilling and the weather added to the effect by being misty. Finally, when we reached WastWater after driving through the lush green hills, the first thing which hit us was the “untouched” natural beauty. No human intervention except for the road.

Wast Water

Someone just forgot to commercialize this beautiful lake and I was thankful. The lake was surrounded by high mountains covered in mist(this line is getting repetitive. Isn’t it?? 😐 ) with small streams of water running into it from the mountains. There were hardly any people around and we savored the quietness.

A stone bridge at WastWater, Lake District

We walked around the lake, took deep breaths and some nice shots and moved to our next destination – Grasmere.

While snaking through the hills towards Grasmere, we passed through a few small villages where we couldn’t see a single soul but a lot of animals and through pathways covered with dense trees blooming with flowers which at times swirled down as the car passed through them. Believe me, you would love to get lost in such a place. And yes, just for fun, we terrified a goat sheepΒ too!

Shocked Goat

Grasmere is a village(the most beautiful one you can ever see) which has a lake by the same name. It became famous because of its connection with the Lake Poets and because of William Wordsworth, who lived here for 14 years and was finally buried here at the St Oswald’s Church. By the time we reached Grasmere, we were dead hungry and so after parking the car, we were searching for a place to have our lunch when my eyes fell on a perfect place to eat.

The restaurant where we had our lunch

Ducks and Grasmere

It was a small restaurant with a stream running besides it. On the other side of the stream was THE Church. I found the spot incredibly romantic. πŸ™‚ Here is another shot.

Grasmere, where we had our lunch

We roamed around in the church after having our lunch and saw the graves of the Wordsworth family. I even bought a small handbook of poems by the famous poet.

The graves of William Wordsworth and family

We ambled around the village for sometime and the lake(where I found my dream house)…

Views around Grasmere Lake

…before moving towards our final destination – Windermere, the most commercialized lake in Lake District and England’s longest lake. Frankly speaking, I was not expecting much because I like places when they are untouched. But surprisingly, the place was not that bad. I liked it for exactly the opposite reason for which I liked Wastwater. It was crowded, with people, yachts, lakeside restaurants, ducks and boats all around. It was almost 5.30 when we reached there and there was no boat tour to Ambleside for the day, but there was a lake tour on 6.30. We took that tour and I must say that this lake has the most picturesque surrounding you can ever imagine. Check out the pictures if you don’t believe me!

Looks very romantic

Views around Weindermere - 3

Views around Weindermere - 2

Wishful Thinking

The plants are taking over!

Old fashoined wooden boats

We finally had a quick bite before moving back to Manchester at around 8. The best part is that now a day, there is daylight till 9.30-10.00 pm and you can utilize the whole day. It was a day filled with incredible beauty and all of us loved every second of it.

p.s. I am sorry for armageddon-ing you with so many photos, but I really couldn’t make up my mind about which ones should I remove. πŸ™‚ Oh! There is one more! πŸ˜›

Birds Inline

Over and Out!

About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016. Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping. He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

86 Comments

  1. Apar May 31, 2009 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Wow!!!! Beautiful! Breathtaking!! I can totally understand how you could not choose which pic to leave out!! I would have probably posted everything in an online album and given the link here πŸ˜€

    • Amit May 31, 2009 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      Yes, its a very pretty place.
      Yes, online albums is also an option but I am too lazy to do that. πŸ˜›

  2. Elithraniel Arawion May 31, 2009 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    nice pics man… they look like scenes out of LOTR πŸ˜› hey.. can u mail me the pic with the wordsworth graves??

    • Amit May 31, 2009 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      Even the places are named that way. Cumbria, Cheshire…and so many such similar names. πŸ™‚
      Mailed the pic. πŸ™‚

  3. Nick May 31, 2009 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Awesome pics buddy! Especially WastWater Lake πŸ™‚ …I could almost see myself in each of the photos πŸ˜‰

    • Amit May 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      Thanks Nick. πŸ™‚

  4. Smitha May 31, 2009 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Lovely Pics, Amit! You covered far more of Lake District that we did – the side effects of travelling with a child:) But we have remarkably similar pics of Windermere πŸ™‚ You seem to explored a lot of quieter parts of Lake District too! Beautiful!

    • Amit May 31, 2009 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      We were planning to cover at least 5 lakes, but then we spent so much time at one that it was impossible. Initially, Thirlmere and Ullswater were also in the picture but then we had to drop them. I preferred going to Wastwater because I found it more picturesque. πŸ™‚
      So, you had a two day trip, I think?

  5. Rofl Indian May 31, 2009 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Enchanting! The sheep look too picturesque to be true.

    • Amit June 1, 2009 at 12:56 am - Reply

      Thanks! Ha! Yes, it had these wide eyes and an open mouth as if saying – How dare they take my picture?!? πŸ˜†

  6. kanagu May 31, 2009 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    Each and every photo is really beautiful Amit… I have seen such places only in Wallpapers πŸ™‚

    I loved every one… its really hard to believe such places are in earth as I am sweating in this hard summer πŸ™‚

    • Amit June 1, 2009 at 12:58 am - Reply

      Thank you Kanagu. I am glad that you liked them.
      Even I had seen them only in wallpapers till the last year while sweating in the heat. πŸ™‚
      So, keep your fingers crossed. You never know where life is going to take you. πŸ™‚

  7. Smita June 1, 2009 at 12:02 am - Reply

    I posted a comment saying

    I envy You!!
    I envy You!!
    I envy You!!
    I envy You!!
    I envy You!!

    And your blog rejected it…humph!!!

    With a heavy heart I say, lovely pictures and beautiful locations…so beautiful that…

    I envy You!!
    I envy You!!
    I envy You!!
    I envy You!!

    • Amit June 1, 2009 at 1:00 am - Reply

      πŸ˜†
      Please don’t envy me. Nazar lag jayegi. πŸ™‚
      Yes, its beautiful and I can understand your sentiments. πŸ˜›
      And your previous comment ended up in the spam folder. πŸ™‚ Don’t know why!!

      • Smita June 1, 2009 at 3:53 pm

        I know why it went there…may be because I had just pasted the same thing na!!!

        Chalo I will not envy you, u see am nice girl πŸ™‚

        But seriously lovely locales and specially the lake side restaurant …

        Beautiful!!!!

      • Amit June 1, 2009 at 11:37 pm

        Aree even the way to the lakes was awesome. We were not able to stop anywhere and take snaps as it was a two lane road and cars move at quite a speed here. πŸ™

      • Smita June 2, 2009 at 11:22 am

        Thats bad no? It is in times like these that we miss the disorder & total lawlessness of sadda India πŸ˜‰ jahan mann kare ruk jao apni road hai πŸ˜€

      • Amit June 2, 2009 at 11:37 pm

        No, I don’t miss that part. Believe me! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

  8. Final_Transit June 1, 2009 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Hi Amit! Oh what a charming place indeed! Several WW or Charles Dickens’ writings describe the locations and your pictures make it totally enjoyable. I had never seen pictures from this area before, but I always had an image in mind. Thank you so much!

    • Amit June 1, 2009 at 11:39 pm - Reply

      Its a very nice feeling to actually go and see places about which you have just read in books and have seen pictures of.
      You are welcome!

  9. R.D.B. June 1, 2009 at 3:50 am - Reply

    Tremendous pics Amit. But hope u savoured the journey and were not too engrossed in taking pics..;) [pun intended..]
    Nice post. Plan ur nxt trip to NI . Am sure we’ll b treated to some more picturesque post then..

    • Amit June 1, 2009 at 11:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks R.D.B. Oh no! I absorbed everything like a sponge. πŸ™‚ Don’t worry about that.
      Now what is NI? Hmmmm…Northern Ireland?
      Actually, its a shame that I haven’t visited London yet. So, hopefully, I’ll be going there. πŸ™‚

  10. Vee June 1, 2009 at 6:08 am - Reply

    Good use of Bank Holiday… You make a hell lot of a photographer. Try putting them for contests vagairah..

    • Amit June 1, 2009 at 11:43 pm - Reply

      Yeah! And I also went to Blackpool. That was awesome too! Will write a post about that too! πŸ™‚
      I dunno. I think I am pretty average. Its the place which is so good. πŸ™‚

  11. monikamanchanda June 1, 2009 at 9:23 am - Reply

    wow those pics are breathtaking…. i am so J…

    enjoy man… and that header pic gorgeous

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 12:58 am - Reply

      Thanks Monika and welcome to my blog! πŸ™‚
      Don’t be jealous!!! πŸ™‚

  12. Nita June 1, 2009 at 9:35 am - Reply

    wonderful pictures and I think you are truly exploring your new home! All the pics are beautiful.

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 12:59 am - Reply

      Thanks Nita. New home!! Ha! I don’t know till when I am here. Its quite unpredictable. πŸ™‚

  13. Solilo June 1, 2009 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Amit, A-W-E-S-O-M-E. 2nd and 10th pictures are just breathtaking. You can use them as your header. So blissful! I am still searching for words.

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 1:01 am - Reply

      T-H-A-N-K-S Solilo! πŸ˜›
      I know! Even I am searching for words! πŸ™‚

  14. Indyeah June 1, 2009 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    beautiful!as so many have said..
    absolutely gorgeous pictures..enchanting and more..one will run out of adjectives..

    *sigh*
    all that greenery is soothing to the eyes of a Delhiite πŸ˜€

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 1:02 am - Reply

      Thanks Indyeah! See, you can help Solilo for searching some words. She ran out of them! πŸ˜›
      Areee…Delhi is quite green too. Its another story that it is many other things too. πŸ™‚

  15. vimmuuu June 1, 2009 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    awesome pics buddy ! Like what Vee said, you should be entering some competition with these pics ! and yeah, thats a beautiful house among those trees. wonder if they have cable and broadband there πŸ˜€

    I was in Uk too, but just for 3 days. Visited London and stayed in sheffield ! Didnt go out much, I was down with fever and cold, that too thrice during my holidays ! way to go, huh ! LOL

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 1:06 am - Reply

      Thanks Vimmuuu. I am thinking about it but I am not sure. They are quite common…you know…the wallpapers type. Anyways, I am trying to enter one. πŸ™‚
      I have to explore London properly. I have been there just for a day on some official work. Did not see a thing. πŸ™
      That is the worst thing!! Hahaha! How do people fall ill when they are on vacation? Its an art I haven’t mastered yet! πŸ˜›

  16. hitchwriter June 1, 2009 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    I posted a comment saying

    I envy You!!
    I envy You!!
    I envy You!!
    I envy You!!
    I envy You!!

    I think i ll copy paste from Smita !!

    those pictures are sincerly awesome… ! and what a place.. I love the pic with all the trees !!! awesome man…

    just a place to sit and watch with ur feet up… and (a cigarette in hand) sorry but this place looks like a place for soota !

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 1:07 am - Reply

      Areeeeee…copycat! πŸ˜›
      Thanks. I am happy that you liked them.
      Well…err…I feel that its a place to sit and read a book. πŸ˜›

  17. Reema June 1, 2009 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    oh my god!!! awesome!! its like heaven and like Smita I too envy u!

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 1:08 am - Reply

      Yes. Awesome! That’s the word. And enough people are envying me. Don’t increase that list. πŸ˜›

  18. Vamsee June 1, 2009 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Hey,
    I came to your blog via Priyank.com
    I have been wanting to visit the lake district ever since I watched the BBC Pride and Prejudice mini-series and your blog post gave me a very good overview of it.
    Lovely pictures…am glad you posted so many of them. More pictures is always good.

    Keep writing about your travels in England and elsewhere.

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 1:17 am - Reply

      Hi Vamsee! Welcome to my blog!
      I am glad that you liked the photos. πŸ™‚
      Its a beautiful place. You must visit as soon as you get a chance. I have heard that it is very beautiful during the fall.
      Keep coming!

  19. Harsh June 1, 2009 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    It looked like a trip to heaven …. such lovely scenery …. I am jealous πŸ˜›

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 1:18 am - Reply

      Yes it was. πŸ™‚ Oh no! Not another one! πŸ˜›

  20. Dev June 1, 2009 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Well done! Thanks for taking time to post these beautiful pictures..
    Though must say that when I first see them, I get angry at myself for sitting on my ass since long and postponing visiting beautiful places such as these for my -never ending- excuses.

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 1:20 am - Reply

      Haha! Thanks! Well, you must get angry and should definitely not sit on your ass. πŸ™‚
      Infact, I will be doing that for some time as I have burnt holes in my pocket. πŸ™‚

  21. sakhi June 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    To be frank i haven’t read the text.. but the pics are awesome πŸ™‚

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 1:21 am - Reply

      That is the negative effect of adding photos. People don’t read the post! πŸ˜›

    • Smita June 2, 2009 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Even I didn’t πŸ˜‰

      • Amit June 2, 2009 at 11:40 pm

        Thats heartening! πŸ˜›

  22. Vijaya Bharat June 2, 2009 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Although I have seen these pictures of yours already, I just now had my another travel plan in U.K πŸ™‚

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 1:22 am - Reply

      So you can come right now. I can save some of your accommodation money. πŸ™‚

  23. Ordinary Guy June 2, 2009 at 5:18 am - Reply

    This is again wonderful dost!!!!!
    great snaps……………..
    so you saw the wordsworth grave……. πŸ˜›
    He was a great poet…………..
    Now I seriously need to visit england after seeing all your snaps………. πŸ˜›

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 11:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks OG! πŸ™‚
      Haha! Seriously, have you ever read Wordsworth?? πŸ˜›
      Yes, please do. The way I am attracting tourists here, they should make me the Tourism minister or something. πŸ™‚

      • Ordinary Guy June 3, 2009 at 3:48 am

        yeah, I have read a few of his works……………..

        and yes, I will sign petition for you to be the minister for tourism πŸ˜›

      • Amit June 4, 2009 at 12:33 am

        Aree..just pulling your leg! πŸ˜›
        Yes, please! That would be appreciated. πŸ™‚

  24. some body June 2, 2009 at 7:59 am - Reply

    amit:

    visiting via amreekandesi.

    nice photos.

    – s.b.

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 11:46 pm - Reply

      Hi Somebody. Thanks and Welcome to my blog! πŸ™‚

  25. Ashwathy June 2, 2009 at 11:31 am - Reply

    heartbreaking gorgeous!! reminds me of the time we friends rented a 7-seater in Switzerland and toured across the place. we came across a valley in Lausanne that was very similar… untouched by commercialisation… and we went beserk clicking pics. but it was too frigging cold to step out (it was in Nov-Dec) so we quickly dived back inside the car!
    nothing like europe’s scenery… makes me wanna head back! wahhh πŸ™ lol

    lovely pics dude! keep clicking away πŸ™‚

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 11:52 pm - Reply

      Yeah, I know!!
      I am not even thinking about crossing to the other side of Europe. There are soooo many places to see there that my head starts spinning. πŸ™‚ I have to go but from where to start?
      Anyways, I am not going anywhere for at least two months now. Need to save some money. πŸ™‚
      Thanks! I will!

  26. Kido June 2, 2009 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    I just LOVE your photographs πŸ™‚ They’re brilliant πŸ™‚ Kudos!!!

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 11:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kido!! πŸ™‚

  27. Vijaya Bharat June 2, 2009 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    I wish it whole heartedly but it may not happen πŸ™

    • Amit June 2, 2009 at 11:55 pm - Reply

      I know! πŸ˜‰ So which country you are working for right now?

  28. Indian Homemaker June 3, 2009 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    I envy you too.
    The pictures are absolutely beautiful… and no wonder the beauty brought out or created a poet like Wordworth! I am glad you did not leave out any of the pictures!!

    The place is beautiful! And so green, and so beautifully green!

    • Amit June 4, 2009 at 12:35 am - Reply

      One more!! πŸ™
      One of my friend who came with me – If I start living here, I too would turn into a poet.
      I think that line sums up the place. πŸ™‚
      Its “lush” green. There is a green carpet everywhere.

  29. Vijaya Bharat June 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    U.S πŸ˜‰ any way onsite at this time is almost impossible. all teams from there are getting ramp down.

    • Amit June 4, 2009 at 12:36 am - Reply

      Aha! Just hang on there. You never know. πŸ™‚

  30. anrosh June 5, 2009 at 5:32 am - Reply

    o my god ..

    • Amit June 6, 2009 at 12:41 am - Reply

      Haha! Yeah I know! πŸ™‚

  31. Rahul June 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Really nice one…I really liked this point of view u shared…
    Adding u in my blog list to read more from you!!!

    My blog is http://rahul-bhattacharya.blogspot.com/ πŸ™‚

    • Amit June 6, 2009 at 12:41 am - Reply

      Thanks Rahul and Welcome to my blog! πŸ™‚

  32. Priya June 6, 2009 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    I so envy you!! But I’m glad you’re in Europe and not America! =D
    Everything is so beautiful!
    And romantic! Which means you need to get a girl soon!!

    • Amit June 7, 2009 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Et tu?!? πŸ˜›
      Yes, I was not very happy initially but everyone tells me that now. So I am happy. πŸ™‚
      Yeah Yeah! I know! πŸ™‚

  33. Vani June 7, 2009 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    This post is a visual treat !

    • Amit June 7, 2009 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks Vani and welcome to my blog!

  34. Destination Infinity June 7, 2009 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    I like the second picture – nice contrast. One more picture is added in my desktop background collection from you.
    πŸ™‚

    Destination Infinity

    • Amit June 7, 2009 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks! But can you enlarge it? πŸ™‚

  35. Maddie June 8, 2009 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    awesome locations beautiful pics!

  36. Dinesh Babu June 11, 2009 at 3:14 am - Reply

    You have the eye for great photographs. They are composed very well. Landscapes have the 3 elements – foreground, middleground and background and your subject placing is interesting and pleasing. Good work. You should discover the world of flickr!

    • Amit June 11, 2009 at 3:22 am - Reply

      Thanks! πŸ™‚ And Flickr! Yeah..some day. I have the account there. Its just a matter of moving my lazy ass. πŸ™‚

  37. Poonam June 12, 2009 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    When are you moving in your dream house then They are awesome pictures. These days I look forward to see photos on your blog. πŸ™‚

    • Amit June 13, 2009 at 1:06 am - Reply

      Hehehe! I don’t think I could ever afford that one. That is why it is a “dream” house! πŸ˜›
      Thanks Poonam! πŸ™‚

  38. Manju Shyam October 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    superb pics… good use of otherwise lazy holiday!

    • Amit November 3, 2009 at 4:20 am - Reply

      Thanks a lot! πŸ™‚

  39. iain carstairs April 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Superb pictures – I like the layout of your web blog page too. I’ve tried to jazz mine up a little but it still looks a bit dull next to this.. hmm!

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