On our first day in the Lake District we travelled to the beautiful Lake Windermere.
We set off from the historic city of Chester bright and early to head for the Lake District.
Chester was a great city to visit but it was time to head up to the Lake District and Lake Windermere.
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
It was about a 90 minute drive from Chester to our first stop of the day – Lakeland Wildlife Oasis.
This small zoo is home to around 100 different species of insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Probably the most fascinating were the tarantulas, tamarins and marmosets.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it was understandable that the lemur walkthrough was closed.
Even though the zoo is rather small it took us around an hour to walk around it. Definitely quality over quantity.
Brockhole on Windermere
After dropping our bags at our lodge in the southern Lakeland, we made the drive up to the Lake District National Park.
We made a stop in Brockhole on Windermere. This is the visitor centre for the Lake District National Park. First of all we walked up to the 19th century mansion which looks out over the grounds and lakes.
The mansion is home to a bar an restaurant where we enjoyed a pint of Bowness Gold. Also in this mansion is an exhibition and gift shop.
After some food we walked through the beautiful gardens on a hill in front of the mansion.
There seemed to be loads of things to do at Brockhole on Windermere. There was also a zip wire, woodland walks and a kids play area.
We then walked down to Lake Windermere. This is the biggest lake in the England. It’s over 11 miles in length and one mile wide.
We took off our shoes and dipped our feet into this famous lake. The views of the surrounding mountains were incredible.
While on the shores of Lake Windermere we noticed a number of boat trips and rowing boats sailing on the waters.
With the afternoon drawing to a close, we made our way back to our lodge.
We are excited about our next day in the Lake District to discover more about this beautiful National Park.