Last weekend we went to the Lake District for three nights – child free I might add! We were blessed with fantastic weather, a lovely place to stay and basically, just good times. We were staying in the hamlet of Troutbeck in the southern area of the Lake District. It is sort-of equidistant between Ambleside and Windemere so we had the perfect location and lots to do. My parents were watching the children and they must have been laughing – teenage me hated this kind of thing – frizzy hair and hiking – but now I really love it.
The longest walk that we did was in Ambleside, hiking Loughrigg Fell. It is a 6 miler and fairly steady. We wandered off course slightly so I think we walked for nearer 7 miles (or maybe it just felt like it)!
We had a few more local, and shorter walks, nearer to where we were staying, including a wander to the local church and a National Trust property. I don’t know what we would have done if it had poured down with rain! We seriously lucked out.
I really enjoyed a trip to Bowness-onWindemere. There was a lot to do and looked in all the cute little shops in the area. There was an amazing chocolate cafe called ChoccoBar where we went for lunch one of the days – it was amazing! The hubs got a pannini and I just had to try the brie, raspberry and nutella toastie. Yes, really. It was so tasty! We then shared a nutella waffle – good job we had been doing all the walking!
We also visited the World of Beatrix Potter, just a short walk from Lake Windemere, and it was really cute. I couldn’t help but think that the kids would have really loved it. We were only there for an hour really (after a long mooch in the gift shop) – you get through these things so much quicker when the kids aren’t there. I probably wouldn’t go again though, without the children at least.
I think my favourite thing that we did was hiring a boat out on Lake Windemere. Most places had stopped renting out boats / kayaks the day before we wanted to do it (typical) but we found one place that stays open for the winter. It was £30 for an hour on the lake with a motor boat and it was brilliant. The sun was shining, the lake was super quiet – it was just perfect! So relaxed. I want a boat and a lake house now please?!
I would love to go back to the Lake District! It would be nice to go with the children but it was really relaxed this time just the hubs and I – just what we needed. Have you been to the Lake District? Where abouts did you stay?