For as long as I can remember I’ve loved The Lake District. I’ve been to mountains all over the world- including the Scottish Highlands and the Welsh valleys, and the Andes and the Atlas mountains to be more adventurous, and for me nothing comes close to this quiet corner of England. There’s something about these sleepy little lakes that has my heart. I come here at least once a year and when I do it feels like coming home.
This time I went with my family and we decided to climb mount Skiddaw- which my Dad claimed was the 4th highest mountain but is actually the 6th 😉 typical! It was a gorgeous summer day and the views were incredible. Here’s me – half way up and still smiling!
After we climbed Skiddaw we headed back down for a spot of lunch at The Dandelion Cafe in Portinscale. I’d really recommend this place as the setting was ideal. We could walk down by the lake and potter around the country garden (as the cafe operates out of an old manor house)
After getting dressed for dinner (and discovering I got a lovely sock to mid calf tan from the hike-thanks yoga pants!) we then headed to The Coledale Inn for some gorgeous traditional pub food in their garden.
I fell in love with all the summer alpine flowers- they’re really colourful at this time of year!
If you’re going to the Lake District, here are my top tips:
-The Grassmere Gingerbread Shop is not to be missed (its in Grassmere, obvs)
-Neither is Friars of Keswick -seriously like something from Harry Potter and I’m not even being funny…
-Bring sun cream: I did not and I’m now rocking a sock-to-mid-calf tan…not the one!
-Climb something: Seriously just go do it. You may not be a seasoned climber and you may need to start slow, that’s OK. You’ll love it- I promise!
-Bring good walking shoes: Not to sound like your mum here but you’re gonna need them…
-Bring a waterproof: Again, mum alert. The weather in The Lake District is mercurial so be prepared.
-Consider camping as a cheap way to spend the weekend
-Leave Pokemon Go at home and experience some real nature- ya animal!
Have you guys visited the Lake District? I feel so refreshed after my stay-something about the mountains really gives me head space 🙂 It’s quite possibly my favourite place- where’s yours?