It’s time for another travel post and this time it’s a bit closer to home.
The Lake District has got to be one of my favourite places. I first visited in May last year where I fell in love with the area and said I would definitely go again. Fast forward to April this year when I returned for another stay. I thought I’d do a post combining the two visits.
First up is in and around the Ambleside region. I visited in May 2016 just after I had finished my degree and stayed in a B&B called Norwood House (see photo below) in the centre of Ambleside which was great for a base location.
We stayed for a few days so we had time to explore the town and also to get out on some long walks.
See above for photos of Ambleside Waterhead which was a perfect place to walk post dinner and it was made even better as we timed it to watch the sun go down.
One of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District is the Bridge House which stands over Stock Beck in the middle of Ambleside. A tiny building, originally an apple store for nearby Ambleside Hall, was built over Stock Beck to escape land tax. It has since been passed to the National Trust and tourists can now visit free of charge.
The first big walk we did was an 8 mile walk and a 350m climb up Loughrigg Fell. The views were pretty great! This walk starts from Ambleside and takes in Rydal Cave (pictured above).
There’s lots of choice for eating out in Ambleside. I’d definitely recommend Matthew’s Bistro, really tasty food at a reasonable price. The pudding pictured above we had in an Italian called Tarantella- it was white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, chocolate mousse and a shot of caramel (I’m pretty sure it was caramel…) milkshake. It was SO good!
The next big walk was a 450 metre climb to get to the top of Wansfell Pike. This walk also incorporated Troutbeck and Skelghyll Woods. I really enjoyed it as it had a mix of terrain and absolutely stunning views along the way. It was better weather on this day with lovely blue skies meaning you could see for miles over Windermere.
As well as walking, we kayaked on Lake Windermere which was a lot of fun.
Tarn Hows was our stop before we made the journey home. It was a lovely spot to do some light walking (basically all on the flat), it seemed a doddle in comparison to all the climbing we’d done the previous couple of days. You still get to see some great views, particularly on a sunny day like it was here.
So that’s a quick roundup of Ambleside. It was a great trip and the area is really lovely. Read on for my most recent visit to the Lakes.
In April this year I went to Braithwaite near Keswick. I had actually visited Keswick before as we stopped there on our way to Ambleside last year but apart from seeing the town I hadn’t done much exploring around that area.
We stayed in a really nice B&B in Braithwaite. See the photo above for the view from our bedroom window!
Whinlatter Forest Park was where we stopped on our way into the Lakes. It has lots of different trails so we picked one and set off. If you like cycling then you’d enjoy this, there are plenty of routes for mountain bikers.
Always photo ready…
Pre dinner drink… it’s definitely one of the nicest views I’ve had whilst drinking prosecco!
Again, we were very lucky with the weather. The sun was shining which made for some incredible views. On this day we did a 9 mile walk starting from Keswick and incorporating Walla Crag and Ashness Bridge. The views we got from the top of Walla Crag were something else. They really reminded me of Queenstown in New Zealand!
Ashness Bridge, another very photographic spot in the Lakes. If you ever see a Lake District calendar, this photo is sure to be on it!
The second half of the walk took in Watendlath.
The next day we started another walk in Keswick and explored Castlerigg stone circle (see photo above). Consider it the Lake District’s Stonehenge…
The stone circle was constructed as part of a tradition during the Early Bronze Ages. From within the circle it’s possible to see some of the highest peaks in Cumbria including Skiddaw and Helvellyn. We didn’t quite have the blue skies we had the day before making it a little more tricky to see as far.
I made a little friend along the way…
So that sums up my two visits to the Lake District. I really enjoyed exploring Ambleside and Keswick and I definitely plan to go again in the future. I love being surrounded by mountains and lakes, two things there are plenty of in the Lake District!
I’m very grateful that on both of the visits the sun was shining. I even came away from Keswick with some sunburn!
Have you ever been to the Lakes?
Thanks for reading!