Back in early May we took a trip to The Lake District.
We camped for the first two nights and treated ourselves to a B&B for the last night, all in all we were there for 3 nights and four days.
Our first day/night was spent towards the north of the Lakes, near Keswick. The moment we got there we went straight into a hike up Skiddaw (summit of 931 m above sea level – making it the fourth highest mountain in England).
Baring in mind we were there early May – I was completely taken back becoming foot deep in snow towards the top. We found the hike a great but also a challenge, the top is never too fun due to the high wind but we made it to the top and back down in roughly 3 hours. Views are incredible on the way up – I did find this hike harder than when I climbed Snowdon, however my boyfriend felt differently. I seem to find it easier to walk using steps upwards (which might be why I found Snowdon easier) however Skiddaw seemed to keep a solid (pretty much) flat path the whole way up. For the rest of the day we took it easy, looked around some of the art/photography galleries and headed towards Derwentwater – the beautiful lake next to Keswick.
We were looking forward to a BBQ next to the tent but that wasn’t looking likely due to the weather so instead we headed to the nearest village and enjoyed soup and chips (a strange but cheap combination!).
The next morning, after a terrible night of high winds and constant rain we didn’t have the most relaxing wake up call. However we got our stuff together and headed back into Keswick to grab some breakfast, we ate at Mungo’s Deli and I enjoyed a pile of bacon, blueberry and maple syrup pancakes.
After another stroll around Derwentwater we decided to get on the road and head to our second destination, stopping along the way at Grasmere – where we took a walk around Grasmere Lake and Ambleside. More beautiful settings, and the sun was finally beginning to shine for us.
Our second campsite was situated in Chapel Stile, Langdale. So after a pint at the local pub we set up camp for the night at Baysbrown Farm Campsite – the setting was breath-taking. Mountains surrounding you completely, it’s incredible. The only issue was that although there is tons of land (so we didn’t have to be too close to another tent) if you pick to pitch on lower ground in the campsite – which we did to try and keep the wind away as much as possible – then you are a pretty long walk away from the one block of toilets they have. Other than that, it did the job and we finally managed a successful BBQ.
Waking up happy and well fed, our third day consisted of a long hike around the Langdale Pikes. This hike is probably one of my favourites so far. We decided to make our way up to Harrison Stickle which meant climbing up a flowing waterfall. The waterfall lead us to Stickle Tarn – when I reaching this lake the beauty surrounding us and the peacefulness was like no other. Little did I know we were still a fair hike from the peak of Harrison Stickle (736 m above sea level). But the view was 100% worth the long hike up. Definitely recommend. I wish we’d had more time there, the Pikes seemed like they went on forever and I would have loved to explore them some more.
For our last night we stayed in a B&B at the bottom of Lake Windermere. We had a gorgeous 3 course meal at The Swan Hotel and Spa, Newby Bridge and luckily only a 5 minute walk over a bridge from our hotel.
Our last day at the lakes we took a peek at Lake Windermere (but with the weather being so bad it wasn’t nice to even leave the car.) With hope that the weather would pick up we headed to Grizedale Forest park where we decided to hike Carron Crag. The weather stayed wet most of the day but as we were reaching the top the sun began to come out which helped for a beautiful view over Windermere and surrounding areas.
All in all The Lake District is a stunning part of the country, and I’m already desperate to go back. The weather let it down a little but most people I’ve spoken to all said the same, and that’s that it always rains in The Lakes, no matter what day or month of the year.