Ambleside is a small town in the center of the Lake District. It is located at the north shore of the Lake Windermere and an excellent location for day tours. I show two pictures here which were taken in Ambleside. One shows the unusual bridge house, which was painted by Kurt Schwitters. The Dadaist lived for his last two years in Ambleside, where few of his works are shown in the Armitt museum.
On the first excursion I made a brief stop at the Skelwith force, just three miles west of Ambleside. The road leads along Elterwater to the wide Langdale, where I took a picture of a lovely meadow. The road winds up towards the Side Pike with an elevation of just 360 m, but the mountains here look much more rugged than what I am used to see in the much higher Black Forest where I live. A circular hike towards the Side Pike reveals magnificent views across Little Langdale with the nearby Blea Tarn. Slightly behind the Little Langdale Tarn the old Slaters’ bridge crosses the Brathay, which continues to the Skelwith force I visited before.
The Hodge Close quarry was the final distination of this day. Getting there by car takes a little detour, but a circular 5 km walking tour passing Slaters’ bridge is also possible. The quarry is very deep with steep slopes, a paradise for climbers.
In the evening I took another picture in Ambleside. Flocks of birds were resting on the roofs, but suddenly they left and settled again shortly after. It was a little spooky, and I waited for quite a while to take a picture illustrating this. While waiting, I thought of Kari Bremnes’ song “Birds” – I love her voice and the message in this song.