I came across some old photos of the Lake District and thought it would be fun to compare them with present day photos of the same scenes. I think old photos are a wonderful means of conveying the life and times of days gone by, and offer us a glimpse of what it was like to live and work in the Lake District.

Travelling across Windermere then and now

The Bowness-on-Windermere Steam Ferry: photo courtesy of www.visitthepast.co.uk/lake-district-windermere-steam-ferry.
The Bowness-on-Windermere Car Ferry: photo courtesy of www.visitcumbria.com/amb/bowness-ferry.htm.

The pier at Bowness-on-Windermere

The pier at Bowness-on-Windermere in the 1890s. Photo courtesy of www.oldukphotos.com.
The busy pier at Bowness-on-Windermere, where ferries run by Windermere Lake Cruises ply the waters. Photo courtesy of www.visitcumbria.com/amb/windermere-lake-cruises.htm.

Brockhole National Park Visitor Centre, Windermere

Brockhole was the stately home of the Gaddums family, and was designed and built in the 1890s. Photo and quote courtesy of www.lakedistrict.gov.uk.
The beautiful gardens of Brockhole, now a visitor centre where various events are held throughout the year. Photo courtesy of www.visitcumbria.com/amb/brockhole.htm.

All the photos I have selected are of places within an easy distance of Blenheim Lodge. The pier in Bowness-on-Windermere, is a 7-minute walk from our guest house, Blenheim Lodge, which is also located in Bowness-on-Windermere, but hidden away from the traffic and crowds. Take a ferry with Windermere Lake Cruises to Ambleside, Hawkshead, Lakeside, and Brockhole from the pier. There are also small boats to hire at the pier.

The Windermere car ferry is three-quarters of a mile from Blenheim Lodge. It provides a useful short cut and link by boat across Lake Windermere, cutting out the necessity to drive around the Lake in order to get to the other side of it. The ferry ride is only 10 minutes in duration, as opposed to a 14-15 mile ride in a vehicle.

Brockhole is about 2-3 miles from Bowness-on-Windermere. It caters to visitors to the Lake District with special events throughout the year. There are also activities available for kids to enjoy as well as a cafe and visitor centre. Brockhole can be reached by car, bus or boat from Bowness Pier.

I hope you found these photos of interest. Do come and visit the Lake District for yourself and enjoy the activities it has to offer. Bowness-on-Windermere and other towns and villages in the Lakes are not seasonal resorts but places where people live and work. Come and share our beautiful playground with us!

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