Day 3 in the Lakes. Tue 05-Jun-12. 10 mile walk from Windermere to Troutbeck and back, taking in Townend, a historic 17th century farmhouse. Lovely rolling countryside, easy walking, about 4.5 hours.
The walk started up the east side of the valley for a view of Lake Windermere from Orrest Head.
We then turned back on ourselves and down across the valley to the village of Troutbeck on the other side.
View across the Troutbeck Valley
Lunch was at The Queen's Head Hotel. Mary with a pint of Dizzy Blonde, and an XB for me.
Next stop was the National Trust property, Townend House. A fascinatingly unspoilt house dating back to the 17th century with much of the interior furnishing untouched since the early 1800's.
The barn was built built in 1666 which is an impressive piece of historical architecture despite its humble purpose.
The Lake District is full of what I call "proper" woods: mixed deciduous trees, dappled shade, mossy boulders, babbling brooks, ferns, autumn leaves crunching underfoot.
The home straight took us back through the most delightful woodland. Another good day's walking.
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