We had a day out in the Lake District and, heading for Lake Windermere, we arrived in an overcrowded, overcast Bowness halfway down the lake.
There were groups of schoolchildren, serial survey muggers, pouncing on unwary tourists. I was accosted and completed the brief one-page survey:
“where are you staying?” Just here for the day. “Ok, leave it blank.”
“What sort of accommodation?” Just the day. “Ok leave it blank.”
“Male or female?” So much for the transgender debate.
“Age?” There were 4 classifications, the last being Over 45. Pity the poor 46-year old now lumped in with the Forgotten Fifties!
So for the purposes of this survey I’m a homeless male over 45.
From Bowness we drove to the coast at Grange-over-Sands, which should probably be renamed Grange-over-Grass as the river course moved away from the town some years ago leaving a grass meadow.
The lovely promenade stretches for a mile or so along the River Kent to Morecambe Bay.
A picture on the old pier shows how it was in the 19th century.
The Grange-over-Sands Lido, the white structure at the end of the pier, opened in 1932 and closed in 1993. Not so much a lido any more according to the yellow sign.
But the rain held off and we had a pleasant walk along the almost deserted promenade, a far cry from its 19th century heyday.