Ambleside marks the beginning of England’s “Lake District”, where folks rent cottages and spend their weekends enjoying stunning views whilst touring the local Rydal Mount and Gardens, or the popular mock gothic Wray Castle, but the real treat of Ambleside is that it is the best places to visit to see all the autumn leaves change colour.
In Cumbria, North West England, Ambleside boast hundreds of miles of hiking trails throughout the mountainous region. When the fall colours were at their peak last year, I decided a visit was in order, so I packed my duffle bag and booked a room at the local Waterhead Hotel. Seeing as how I am now a “seasoned” hiker, I came prepared with proper footwear and a windbreaker, and early on Saturday morning I was up and out, feeling the gale winds upon my face.
I decided on doing the easy and circular five kilometre loop called the Wansell Pike for my first day. I packed some water, an apple and banana from the hotel and made sure my phone was fully charged for hiking tunes and an occasional photo. Was I concerned I might get lost in the wilderness? Sure! But what is life without a little adventure? Also, the very helpful hotel concierge informed me that the trail was very well used, so perhaps not a huge risk…
I cannot properly put into words the beauty that is autumn in this Cumbrian countryside. Colours ranging from deep burnt oranges to crisp pale greens, and everything in between, making the hills appear alit with flames. It was important to me that our Ambleside bouquet is full of taste of the splendours I witnessed during my short visit. Trying to capture those precious days of seasonal change, our Ambleside bouquet offers butterscotch colour roses with burnt orange beech foliage. Deep purple blooms and dwarf pampas grasses bring an elegance to this truly autumnal arrangement. I hope you enjoy this bouquet as much as I adore this magical and transformative season.