At home Christmas lunch would be at four in the afternoon. Since we were dining at The Rothay Manor Hotel and lunch was at 12:30 we only had time for a short, brisk walk before lunch - if you call six miles short.
Possibly the National Trust's smallest property: the Bridge House in Ambleside.
Once out of Ambleside we headed uphill with countryside looking pretty as a picture.
Where are we now?
More babbling brooks, you can't move for rushing water in the lakes. This one at Rydal Hall - a spectacular country house and gardens.
The far point of the walk - Rydal Water. The return route was back down the west side of the River Rydal valley.
Back at the apartment there was time for a quick shower and change ready for the full Christmas lunch at the hotel - only 10 minutes walk away. The rest of the day comprised eating, drinking and party games.