Pooley Walk

On June 24, 2013, I woke up at 9:30 am.  Ivan was already awake.  I had a great night’s sleep – I think the comfortable bed had something to do with it.

We had breakfast in the Lake View Restaurant.  Lil Dave had cereal with bananas in it.  Ivan and I got cereal, tea and smoked haddock fillet with a poached egg.  It was our first time having smoked haddock and it turned out great.

We used the internet in the lounge for awhile.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I walked to the pier to go on a Ullswater Steamers boat. 

Ullswater Steamers boat

It was cold being out on the boat since it was windy.  The views were green and gorgeous. 

Lovely scenery on our boat ride

Ivan and I each got a hot mulled wine to warm up our cockles.

Me on the stern of the boat

The first stop was Howtown.  Most people got off at this stop since it’s a popular 3 hour hike back to Glenridding.  Ivan wanted to do this, but the weather wasn’t good.  It would have been really bad walking for hours if it rained and you were wet and cold.

The next stop was Pooley Bridge where we decided to get off the boat.  We checked out the cute souvenir shops. 


Ivan and I went to Granny Dowbekin’s for lunch.  We were sat in the tea garden which had a nice view of the bridge.  Lil Dave got a banana and cheese baguette.  Ivan got the vegetable lasagna while I got the tuna pasta bake.  Mine wasn’t good at all – it needed more tomato sauce and cheese.  Ivan was kind enough to let me have half of his lasagna while he ate the rest of my boring pasta bake. 

We walked back to a souvenir shop and we bought a few things.

Ivan thought we should walk to Howtown which is 2.5 miles away.  It would take an hour and then we could have tea and crumpets later this afternoon.  We got to walk along with the sheep which I’ve never done before.  A group of five sheep greeted us, but they didn’t know what to say to us.  Baaaa Ba would have sufficed.

The sheep welcoming committee

The sheep are pretty calm.

We walked for awhile on the road and we saw some cars pass by, but not many.  We chatted about our childhoods and travelling.  The sun kept coming out every now and then. 

It took us an hour to get to Howtown. 

Howtown sign

We were rushing at the end because we didn’t want to miss the boat since it was already at the dock.  I’m glad we got to the boat before it left since I was so knackered (tired) from walking so much.

More greenery on our way back

It started showering near the end of the boat ride. 

We walked back to the Inn on the Lake.  We went to the bar and Ivan ordered Pimm’s with strawberries and cream.  He got it free with the hotel package he booked.  The Pimm’s was very refreshing. 

Pimm's with strawberries & cream

The cream was really nice, not too sweet, and a perfect match to the sweet strawberries.

We used the internet in the lounge.  I worked on the blog.

At 4 pm, Ivan and I had tea with a scone and crumpets.  I love crumpets.  Lil Dave got a banana scone. 

Lil Dave and I headed to the garden for some Daily Dave shots since I’m so behind on it.

Later, Ivan and I had dinner at 8:30 pm in the Lake View restaurant.  We started off with crispy cod cheeks and a leek & wild mushroom tart. 

Leek & wild mushroom tart

Both tasted good, but nothing too incredibly special.

Our main courses were salmon for both of us.  I think that salmon dishes are usually good.  It tasted wonderful.  I did wish that the skin was crunchier though.

Ivan and me at dinner

I was sad that English Sticky Toffee wasn’t on the dessert menu.  Ivan and I shared chocolate panna cotta and duo cheese and biscuits.  The cheese was alright while the panna cotta was so tasty.  It reminded me of a chocolate mouse.


The Lake District

On June 23, 2013, Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 11 am.

Ivan and I had cereal and then packed everything up.  We said good-bye and thanks to Laura at noon.

We were off on our English road trip.  Ivan started driving towards The Lake District which is located in Northwest England.  The weather was overcast and gloomy.

I worked on the blog while Ivan drove.  I can’t drive manual (stick), plus I’ve never driven on the other side of the road.  I think I might crash into somebody if I tried.  The roads in England are very narrow.

Lovely green views

When we started getting close to The Lake District, the views were green and lush.  I noticed a lot of cows and sheep in the grass.  It’s great to see so much greenery since you don’t see much in Las Vegas.

It took an hour and 45 minutes to arrive at the Inn on the Lake which described exactly what it was.  It’s located in the small village of Glenridding.

Our lovely pink flowery room

It was a shame that we didn’t get a lake view room, but we still had views of the nice mountains and the golf course.

View of the golf course

The lady at reception recommended a few places for lunch.  We checked out The Ramblers Bar which is right next to the inn.  Ivan thought their menu it looked good, but we drove to find The Travellers Rest.  The selection was really small at The Travellers Rest, so Ivan drove us back to The Ramblers Bar.

Ivan and I shared bean chili, potato and leek soup and a smoked salmon baguette.  Lil Dave got a banana and chocolate baguette.  The food was really tasty.

Ivan and I took baths in the cute bathtub.  It was really relaxing to lie in the hot water.

The Inn on the Lake from the garden

Ivan, Lil Dave and I walked around the beautiful garden of the hotel which leads right to the lake with a small pond right before the lake.

Pond in the garden of The Inn on the Lake

Ivan and I hoped that the weather would improve, but not really sure since English weather is known for drizzle and being gloomy.  We checked out the village of Glenridding.

Stream in Glenridding, England

It’s quite cute and quiet.

The lobby of Inn on the Lake

The internet was buggy for Ivan and a few other guests at the hotel.  It worked fine for me on my phone and my netbook.

I used the internet in the lobby while Ivan went next door where he had to pay for internet which only worked at The Ramblers Bar.  It wasn’t that much money, but it wasn’t good that the internet didn’t work for him at the hotel.  Routers can act weird sometimes.

Dogs are allowed to stay at The Inn on the Lake, so we saw a variety of dogs.  The biggest one was a HUGE Great Dane.  It looked like a mini horse.

I joined Ivan in The Ramblers Bar.  It was nice that we could use the same internet connection that he paid for and only pay once.  Ivan and I shared a yummy cider.

There was a cute English sheepdog who was hanging out with his owners.  He couldn’t see a thing!

We got ready in the room.  Ivan put on a nice shirt while I wore a flowery dress.  Lil Dave decided to eat his banana dinner in the room.

Ivan and I headed to the Lake View Restaurant for our 8:30 reservation.

Ivan with the cheese mousse

Ivan and I started off with a cheese mousse with beetroot and grilled halloumi and polenta for our starters.  I decided to get the twice cooked shin for my main course which was really tender and tasted great.  Ivan went with the trout which looked like salmon.

For dessert, I thought we should try the English Sticky Toffee.  I’ve never had this dessert before and I had to try it since it’s a popular English dessert.  I’m so glad that it tasted amazing.  The banana mousse we shared was mild, but tasted pretty good.  It was a lovely meal.

There was free tea and little sweets in the lounge area.  We used the internet in the lounge for awhile before going back to our room for the night.

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