One year we went as far as Keswick. I'd been many times before as my paternal grandparents lived in the area. I felt quite the teenage cosmopolitan as very few others had been to the Lake District previously and for several pupils it was their first visit to England!
A family birthday took us back to the Lakes this weekend.
We started by taking the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway up to the southern end of Windermere:
Then we sailed the MV Teal from Lakeside up Windermere to Bowness and on to Ambleside:
We enjoyed a nice view of the Langdale range:
Things had changed since the days of the "school trip". As well as assorted Brits, I noticed Americans, Japanese, Mexicans, Italians as well as this group of Indians who were enjoying an onboard picnic:
Coincidentally, a group of English girls were studying a travel guide to India.
The rest of the Indians stood at the bow:
while some Muslims were at the stern:
Back ashore I noticed evidence of some of the Lake District's main languages:
At the end of the day I was pleased to see this reminder of those Ayrshire school trips of old:
(Other photos are here.)