As I mentioned in a previous post
, this has been a really hard year, so a couple of weeks ago I took a week off, which has done me the world of good. We hired a car for the whole week and had a few day trips, including a drive out to Ribblehead for a walk by the viaduct. Another day we packed the bikes in the boot and headed up to Ripley and cycled into Harrogate along the greenway for lunch. Then back to Ripley for an ice cream and a bit more cycling, it was such a sunny day, really lovely. Then we had a little trip up to Grassington with my mum for a wander around and a fancy meal, then home in time for pub quiz!
On Wednesday morning we packed the car and headed across Yorkshire and over to the wonderful Lake district for 3 nights. On the way we made a little detour to stop off at RSPB Leighton Moss, the sun came out and we had a lovely walk around, we had lunch in the woodland picnic area with the bullfinches, nuthatches and coal tits. Then we wandered around a bit, we got some great views of the red deer, a nice view of a water rail, there were a few waders around too and it was a lovely day. We then headed up to Ambleside, our base for the next few days.
On Thursday we got up for an early morning swim and sauna, then headed out to Langdale for a walk. The weather turned out to be really great and we had a brilliant day, stopping off at Grasmere on the way home to pick up some gingerbread, making it back in time for another swim and a dip in the hot tub before going out for dinner.
On Friday we were expecting the weather to be bad, we had our morning swim and then headed up to Grasmere for a little walk (and a failed attempt to see some red squirrels!). We drove up to Keswick for some lunch, stopping at Thirlmere for a little walk where we spotted a big frog! After Keswick we drove down via Ullswater and stopped off for a little drink at the Kirkstone Pass Inn, before heading back to Ambleside.
Saturday morning we checked out and headed back to Grasmere for coffee with some friends, then we went down to Tarn Hows where I freaked out when we came across a MASSIVE bull! Afterwards we set off home, getting back to Otley in time to go out for our friends birthday. Here’s some waterfalls (I love waterfalls!!!)
The Lake District was the perfect place for our relaxing trip, the landscape was absolutely beautiful and I came back inspired and raring to get back to work. I’m hoping to soon be able to add a Lake District print to sit alongside my Yorkshire Dales one.