When one thinks about the Lake District National Park, the mind conjures vistas of high fells and beautiful lakes, but rarely of green woods fed by tinkling streams. Well, here are some pictures I took yesterday of our walk at Common Wood, a mere 5 minutes from our front door at Blenheim Lodge, our Bowness on Windermere Bed and Breakfast. I have also posted a video related to this BLOG post on our Facebook Page. The video takes us through the peaceful environs of this woodland, with birds trilling happily and calling loudly. It really is a wonderland of fields and fields of fresh Spring greens, gorgeous bluebells, ancient moss-covered drystone walls, accompanied by the tuneful calls of birds and natural notes of a tinkling stream.

Here is a series of photographs depicting our progress through Common Wood.

Starting from a farm gate that warned, ‘BULLS, SUCKLER-COWS & CALVES MAY BE AGRESSIVE [sic]’, we walked through a field leading uphill towards Common Wood.

This gate opens onto fields, with one of them leading to Common Wood.

Walking through this gate led us up a well-trodden path across one of the farmer’s fields.

The views of Lake Windermere and the town of Windermere itself as seen during our walk up this well-trodden footpath.

At the top of the hill, we entered through another gate, where a footpath led to huge banks of lovely bluebells. I have put up a video on Facebook showing our progress past these beautiful wildflowers.

Then, we came to a small pool of water, in which stepping stones had been strategically placed for walkers to negotiate across.

Chunky stepping stones kept our feet from getting wet in this pool of water at Common Wood, Windermere.

Walking on, we came to a crossroads. We chose Common Lane.

The sign at a crossroads in Common Wood.

Common Lane is NOTHING like what one would expect a lane to look like. Here is Common Lane:

Common Lane, a footpath in Common Wood.

Common Lane was far from common! It is a sweet little track bordered by beautiful wildflowers, overgrown shrubs, tall trees and foliage in the first flush of a youthful Spring. Accompanying all this was the lovely trilling of birds (which must have been hiding in foliage as we saw not one of them!).

Banks of budding bluebells grace Common Lane. What a perfectly beautiful woodland pathway!

The path led us to a stream, which we crossed via a wooden platform.

A wooden platform that provided a means of crossing this little stream at the foot of Common Lane.

Crossing the bridge took us to another crossroads, one of which would have taken us out of the woods to a busy main road. We backtracked on ourselves and made a circuit instead, walking through more verdant woodland with moss-covered stones and rocks and via ever more stunning displays of bluebells.

Here we are making our departure from Common Wood. In Spring, swathes of delicate bluebells greet and wave walkers and Nature lovers hello and goodbye in this hidden gem within the Lake District National Park.

If this walk through the woods with us has inspired you to visit the Lake District National Park, please do NOT hesitate to do so. It is so beautifully stunning that words cannot quite express its pulchritude nor the serenity that is to be found in many of its hidden spots. Where our guest house is located, that same peace and beauty – whilst not altogether its doppelgänger – may be discovered and experienced by our guests.

We have late availability for the month of May and also for May Bank Holiday long weekend. Come and join us for a Bed and Breakfast break and discover our beautiful landscape for yourselves. We would love to share this amazing and incredible place we call home with our guests!

Blenheim Lodge . . . panoramic Lake views, peace and tranquillity, nestled against acres of beautiful fields and woodlands, in the heart of the English Lake District National Park.’

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