A Little Green…Playing in Sheep Pastures

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The green sheep pastures of the Lake District in England were so stunning that they actually caused me to go into spontaneous dances of joy. I mean, if you know that you’re completely and truly alone with only a sheep as witness is there really anything else you could do?

I reckon not. I made a pact with myself at the beginning of the trip that I was going to teach myself a cartwheel by the end of this year of traveling. I still can’t do it (drats!) but I spent a good while frolicking in the pastures practicing and it was lovely to simply be in this gorgeous area.

Sheep Love

This region of England inspired poets such as William Wordsworth; Beatrix Potter of the Peter Rabbit stories also lived here for most of her life. Potter donated all of her land in the Lake District to the National Trust and it is thanks, in part, to her generosity that tourists like me are able to wander through the lightly marked paths zig-zagging the countryside and enjoy the lakes. Her home is now a museum and pristinely preserved; definitely worth visiting even if you don’t have kids – you can just imagine that Peter Rabbit is about to pop out of the gardens around the house!

The tourist information office is spectacularly helpful and well organized because of the huge volume of tourists that come through every summer. A short visit to the office and I had a handful of classic walks to take ranging from easy-peasy to walks that really got my blood pumping.

Sheep Pastures

The Oyster Head walk had some of the most stunning views in the Windermere region and the start of the walk is just a short distance from the Windermere town center. I packed a lunch for the hike because after making it to the peak the helpful woman at the information center recommended a lightly signposted path back to town that does a large lazy loop through the surrounding farms.

Love the Clouds

View from Oyster Head

She issued the six words I love/hate to hear: “Don’t worry, you can’t get lost.”

Well, I assured her that I could and would and that it doesn’t bother me in the least. With an apple, water, and boiled egg and cheese sandwich packed into my daypack I set off to explore the rolling green hills and gently sloping mountains around Windermere.

A word of caution: although the walk to Oyster Head is short and close, take directions from the hostel/hotel/information center because it is not well marked! Even with my directions I backtracked several times before I got there.

The view was stunning.

Really stunning.

Sheep field and Lake Windermere

I sat down and ate my lunch from a small stone bench at the top and then had a grand time winding my way back through the green fields, baa-ing at the sheep in their pastures the whole way back to town. Although the Lake District area is crawling with tourists I didn’t see another soul once I hit the pastures.

Check out the rest of the Lake District National Park Series:

Take a Video Tour of Lake District – A short three minute introduction to this gorgeous region!

Cruising the Lake District – Boating on Lake Windermere

Charming Walks in England – Exploring Ambleside and the nearby waterfall

…and more photos from the Lake District region

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10 Responses to A Little Green…Playing in Sheep Pastures

  1. Bill A. September 16, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    I would have to jump up and down in fields so green as well. In fact I once did, although, when I did it, there was an entire bus load of other people around me, too, but I didn’t care. There’s a picture somewheres….

  2. Dave and Deb September 8, 2009 at 8:01 pm #

    Looks absolutely beautiful! Good luck with learning the cartwheel:)

    • Shannon September 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

      Thanks! I am still fairly terrible but sadly/fortunately my 9 yr old niece is eager to fine-tune it when I get back! So that should help :-)

  3. Amy @ The Q Family September 8, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    The view is just stunning!! And I probably couldn’t resist doing the cartwheel either. The grass is just begging you to do so. :)

    • Shannon September 9, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

      That was just precisely my thought :-) I am sure you’re kids would have agreed too! Because of the rainy climate (drats!) it was just so lush…but I had to watch out closely for sheep droppings because they were everywhere!!

  4. Cassie September 7, 2009 at 8:28 am #

    The photos are so beautiful!

    • Shannon September 8, 2009 at 1:51 am #

      Thanks Cassie – it was just so stunning I couldn’t even believe it :-)

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