I love Autumn in the Lakes. Rich reds, dark oranges, shades of yellow, and earthy browns paint the fells and footpaths around us. Right behind our guest house, serenely overlooking Old Bowness and Lake Windermere, is beautiful Brant Fell, where we often take our rescued dogs for walks. Trails lead from a farm gate through open fields and woodlands to vistas that many do not discover unless they make the effort to do so. The result is that we can so often can find ourselves having the whole place to . . . well, ourselves. One can literally hear the silence, but for the distant bleating of sheep or the yapping of dogs unseen.
It is early November 2019, and we are now right into the Autumn months. This is the time when we see more shades of sunburnt browns mixed in with some of the still leafy greens of late Summer. As I sit here in our guest lounge at Blenheim Lodge composing this post, I can still see the verdure of late Summer upon our hedgerows. Yet, many of its older neighbours are already displaying signs of Autumn’s cold-fingered grip. A month hence and we will likely see but the sere reds, yellows, and browns of dry leaves as they drop in ones and twos or clutches upon the ground.
Yet mid to late Autumn brings with it such beauteous glory and innocent joys. They are what I am looking forward to. The zing of fresh Autumn air against the face; the tingle of chilled fingers cupping a mug of hot milky tea or coffee; walks strewn with carpets of gorgeously coloured leaves crunching underfoot – and tarns, lakes, streams and rivers reflecting brilliantly dark and blue under dappled sunshine.
The winds have begun now. I can hear them as I write. Strong and singing their songs, they grow silent all of a sudden – as in an orchestra – but do not stop altogether; instead, they ruffle the tops of trees and riffle through the outer leaves of our hedges. They speak and tell their perennial story of the changing seasons.
Blenheim Lodge is ideally situated in the Lake District National Park to observe the always fascinating effects of the four seasons upon Lake Windermere, which our Bowness B&B overlooks. Sit yourself down at our picture windows in our guest rooms and lounge, and look out over England’s largest lake. Its ever-changing moods are always mesmerising. Better yet, our guests can join in the action by sailing on, walking beside, or taking part in activities on Windermere, which is a mere 5-10 minutes’ stroll from Blenheim Lodge Bed and Breakfast.
Enjoy the Lake District National Park. Be part of it!
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