Thursday, June 07, 2012

Walking in the Lake District 2012 - Day 3

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.

Troutbeck Valley - Windermere
Troutbeck valley

We then turned back on ourselves and down across the valley to the village of Troutbeck on the other side.

Troutbeck Valley - path
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.

Troutbeck - Queen's Head Hotel

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.

NT Townend Windermere - House

The barn was built built in 1666 which is an impressive piece of historical architecture despite its humble purpose.

NT Townend Windermere - Barn

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.

Troutbeck valley - woods

The home straight took us back through the most delightful woodland. Another good day's walking.

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