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DAY 1 TARN HOWS TO HAWKSHEAD
We started our journey in East Kilbride, travelled down through the borders to our first destination, the lovely little village of Threlkeld sitting beneath Blencathra in the Northern Lake District. http://www.threlkeld.cumbria.sch.uk/threlkeld_village.htm
Our stop at Threlkeld was for morning coffee in the beautiful little Horse & Farrier Inn which was built in 1688. Coffee over we then travelled past Keswick, Grassmere and through Ambleside to head for the Coniston road which would take us to Glen Mary and the start of our walk to Tarn Hows and over the fells to Hawkshead.
On reaching Glen Mary we set off to climb the short distance to Tarn Hows, as we climbed higher and looked back the way we had come, we were able to see Wetherlam behind us; the conditions were superb, beautiful blue skies, and a blanket of thick white snow on the hills and paths, perfect. On reaching Tarn Hows, we were not disappointed; the views over the tarn were beautiful.
Walking on to the head of the tarn we stopped for our lunch break in these beautiful surroundings, enjoying the views as we ate. Lunch over we headed on over the fells towards our destination of Hawkshead, all the time surrounded by stunning views of the hills. On reaching the little hamlet of Hawkshead Hill we took the footpath to climb the hill, again as we climbed we looked back to see the whole of the snow covered Vale of Estwaite spread out before our eyes.
Walking onwards we turned to take the path down into the lovely old village of Hawkshead. Hawkshead is an ancient township that has flourished since Norse times, it was originally owned by the monks of Furness Abbey. Hawkshead grew to be an important wool market in medieval times and later as a market town after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1532. Poet William Wordsworth was educated in its grammar school, whilst Beatrix Potter lived nearby, marrying William Heelis, a local solicitor in the early 20th century.
Walking through the village we noticed some lovely old buildings, and on reaching the car park we had time for a coffee before boarding our coach to travel to Bowness-on-Windermere and the Windermere Hydro Hotel our accommodation for the next two night. Fantastic walk and company, thank you all.