An excellent week of eating, drinking and walking in the Lakes with our friends Bob and Lynn in our timeshare in Ambleside.
The level of exercise was a bit of contrast from Christmas 2011 when Mary was recovering from her bunion operation and her Mum, as a blue badge holder, was not up to to more than a short stroll. This time we planned to do more walking and so we did.
We arrived on Sunday 22nd after a long drive from London for a quiet evening in. Monday we settled in and Mary and Lynn went for a walk. Tuesday we went for a full walk.
Our route for the day: a big clockwise loop.
The day started off misty but improved later.
There was snow on some of the higher slopes.
We saw a lot of herons this trip - this was the first of many.
The approach to Stockgill Force is, in my opinion, more impressive that the actual waterfall itself.
The day before it had been pretty spectacular when Mary and Lynn did their afternoon walk up to the waterfall.
By the afternoon, as we approached Troutbeck, conditions had turned into beautiful walking weather.
Lunch was a pint and some nibbles at The Mortal Man. Outside the Weather Forecasting Stone provided some drollery.
The last leg back to Ambleside included a view of Windermere from Jenkins Crag.
Back to the timeshare with a cold collation for supper and some fine wines. We were restrained in our eating as we knew we were in for full Christmas lunch the next day.