Aira Force & Ullswater, the Lake District
The minimum amount of nights we were able to book and pay for at Windermere View was five. We’d originally planned to come home on the Tuesday, but after some uhm’ing, ahh’ing and checking whether we could take January 2nd as annual leave at our workplaces, we found ourselves with an extra day!
If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that the mine and Dave’s night was full of fun at the lodge. With it being a late night – and us being not as young as we were, thus, unable to handle it! – our New Year’s Day started off nice and slowly.
A full English and couple of coffees later, our fluff-filled heads were feeling a little more awake and we were ready to face the day. And what better way to blow away the New Year’s Day hangover cobwebs? A brisk walk in the countryside on a chilly but bright winter’s day.
The drive to Ullswater Lake was, like with Buttermere, very pleasant with some stunning scenery. Our first port of call was the National Trust’s Aira Force falls.
I’m a sucker for a waterfall and thought it was great! However, the trail was teaming with people! Plus, having to pay £5 for 2 hours of parking meant we were a little disappointed with the trip. Like I said, the falls were great but our experience was not so much. Perhaps if we’d gone on any other day than January 1st, we may have come away saying something entirely different!
On the way to Aira Force, the road snaked close to Ullswater Lake and I was itching to stop and get photos. As most of the lay-bys were on the opposite side of the road, we waited until our return journey. And I’m very glad we did!
Nabbing prime position at the top of the lake, Dave pulled in to a small lay-by that had big views. It. Was. Stunning! I could have happily stood there for hours and the truth be told, it made our trip worthwhile.
You’ve got to a love a sunny winter’s day!
Once we’d returned back to the lodge, I could see a sunset emerging and hastily made my way down to the lake shore.
Staying for about 30 minutes, I watched the sun get lower and lower in the sky, before disappearing behind the horizon. It was an impressive view! With the sun’s warmth gone and ducks settling down to sleep, I went back to Dave and joined him in the hot tub for our final evening.
Although the Aira Force walk was slightly disappointing, we had another excellent time! But we were certainly not looking forward to leaving Cumbria the next day!