Oxenholme – #AtoZChallenge2016

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A village and a train station by the same name,‘Oxenholme – The Lake District’!

More than the village, it is the railway station, which is located two miles from Kendal in Northwest England that has now become a suburb of the town. The train station at Oxenholme is a gateway to the famous Lakes that lie within the region. The station, designed by the architect William Tite (builder of the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange in Threadneedle St., London) therefore assumes great importance, for all visitors entering the Lakes area.

Between 2002 and 2004, we made two short trips to Windermere which has the largest natural lake in England. The station is small but beautiful. Windermere is a popular holiday destination, famous for its’ lakes, forests and mountains (or fells) and its associations with the early 19th century writings of the famous Romantic poet WilliamWordsworth along with the other Lake Poets.

Historically forming part of the border between Lancashire and Westmorland, Oxenholme is now within the county of Cumbria and the Lake District National Park. The railway line here was opened in 1846 but electrified only in 1974.

In the summer of 2002, after handing over my submissions towards the completion of my postgraduate degree, I was in desperate need of a place to relax. It is a trip that I especially recall with fondness, having built happy memories of the time spent, waiting to catch the train for Windermere when I first saw the beautiful blooms hanging in pretty baskets all throughout the station. The memory has stayed with me even now and continues to tempt me for another much-needed and long-awaited trip to the Lake district yet again.

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  • the bespectacled mother

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    I know Oxenholme as a station having been to Windermere once by train. Twice that we visited Windermere, those were only a day’s affair. Staying there overnight and waking up to the view of hills and woods would have been so splendid. By the way, your train must have passed through Preston on the way to Windermere.

    • Esha Mookerjee Dutta

      Of course, we did go through Preston! Yes, if you went to W you would have travelled by that line too…such a pretty station. I thought it was right out a picture postcard. Unfortunately, I don’t have all the snapshots taken from those times. Had to make do with only one!

  • Parul Thakur

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    Wow! Seems like you have traveled the world. Would love to know more about you someday 🙂

    • Esha Mookerjee Dutta

      Life is a journey, Parul! I have enjoyed every trip I made so far…nothing fills me with happiness more than to travel! Heartfelt gratitude to the Almighty for that!!!

  • Rajlakshmi

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    I know one place in Australia with lakes around it. Reading about Oxenholm reminded me of that. It must be amazing to have witnessed the beauty that inspired poems.

    A Whimsical Medley
    Twinkle Eyed Traveller

    • Esha Mookerjee Dutta

      Thats interesting! Would love to know more on that place! Yes, Wordsworth county is a verdant gem of a place!

    • Esha Mookerjee Dutta

      Yes, truly Rajlakshmi! Beauty in the Lake District area is to be seen and felt…it is divine out there…no wonder the poets got impressed and gave us amazing verses to cherish later.

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