25th November was my and Hubby’s 24th wedding anniversary. Coincidentally, a couple who arrived to stay with us on 24th November for two nights were also celebrating their wedding anniversary on the 25th – except that they were toasting 25 years of marriage. As a treat, we upgraded the couple two room price ranges up free of charge instead of our usual one room price range up because it was their anniversary. (Often, we offer our guests a free upgrade to a room of the next price range up from the original room type they purchased subject to availability on arrival.)
Anyway, our guests were very kind and told us to go and enjoy ourselves on our anniversary and not bother with servicing their room. They were heading to Grasmere, Keswick and Ambleside, whilst we decided to take advantage of a mostly free day to visit Buttermere. It was a fine day, and Hubby and I were looking forward to a jaunt without regard to a timetable. What a treat!
By 10:45 am, we had packed the dogs, Maddi and Zack, and ourselves into our trusty 4×4 and duly headed north on the A591. Just before Keswick, we turned off onto an unmarked road, which we now know is the Newlands Pass. The fells seemed to close in on us as we drove along the narrow pass – a rather lonely spot where we only saw three other vehicles on the road.
Buttermere is a tiny hamlet. We enjoyed a light lunch at the local cafe and then decided to take the short 10-minute walk to Buttermere Lake. We knew that Maddi would never make it to the Lake due to her arthritic hind legs which have also suffered much muscle wastage; so Hubby walked Maddi near our vehicle just to let her stretch her legs before lifting her back in.
Zack, on the other hand, was game for a walk. How happy he was traipsing along the muddy paths that led to the Lake. When we got there, he decided to walk into the first 2 or 3 inches of water, surveyed his surroundings, then backed out. I had been hoping that some of the mud would wash off his coat, but . . . no such luck! A walk to Scale Force, close to the Lake and the Lake District’s highest waterfall, saw more mud adhere to Zack’s already dirty coat.
On the way back, we decided to take the Whinlatter Pass towards Lorton and Keswick, thence returning to Bowness-on-Windermere via the A591. I am really glad we took the road as we would be driving past Crummock Water, which, like many waters in the Lake District, is very beautiful. A lay-by opposite Crummock Water enabled us to park our vehicle and enjoy cups of tea whilst absorbing the peaceful serenity of the Lake.
We were back at Blenheim Lodge by 4 pm, and pottered around until dinner time when Hubby and I did a quick recce of the restaurants in Bowness and Windermere and plumbed for an anniversary meal at a local Chinese restaurant five minutes’ walk from our house. It was a happy experience. The lady there remembered us from previous visits and we were able to order authentic off-the-menu dishes which both of us very much enjoyed.
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