Bridge House, which stands over Stock Beck, in Ambleside (in the LakeDistrict) is a very popular tourist spot. It is an iconic building for both Ambleside and the Lake District generally.
Bridge House was built in the 17th Century by the Braithwaites, a very influential family in the area at that time. It allowed them to access their lands on the other side of Stock Beck and also to store apples from their orchards!
Military planes regularly practice flight manouevres over Windermere. It can be a little disconcerting, particularly with the modern jets. The ferocious roar of the engines seems to come from nowhere as they speed along, following the edges of the hills.
This plane wasn’t as noisy as the jets, but it approached our boat at quite a low level before banking at a sharp angle and disappearing into the hills.
I love the Lake District and this short trip has made me realise how much I’ve missed it. I spent a lot of childhood holidays here but, since I’ve been in London, I’ve rarely visited. My last trip, before this one, was over ten years ago. I’m going to start visiting more frequently again. It’s so calming here and the views are so beautiful.
The weather isn’t great this week but, for me, the rainclouds just add to the beauty of the place.
After having the wings of our plane de-iced, we departed Kiev and broke through the snow clouds to be greeted with a peaceful, beautiful scene. How different, how calm, it looks above the snow clouds compared to whirling, swirling scene below them.