A Long Weekend In The Lake District.

Having recently returned from a 3 night break in the lovely Lake District, I would love to show you some photos from my stay. As per usual Wil and I were accompanied by our labrador Hugo. We stayed once again in Keswick, where we engrossed ourselves in country walks and awesome food. If you have a dog, then this Cumbrian town is super pet-friendly. Hugo must have been given a treat, everwhere we went. Luckily he had plenty of opportunities to run those tasty titbits off!


Friday ~ Snowy Thirlmere.

As we wouldn’t get the key to our accomodation until the late afternoon, we had planned a walk from Harrop Tarn to Thirlmere. The little country roads in the area were pretty icey though, so we scrapped that plan and parked at Station Coppice on the East side of Thirlmere instead. From here we took the underpass to Swirls Car Park . This is a popular starting point for the trek up Helvellyn. If you prefer a gentler stroll ( like me! ), there are various trails up into the woodland, including a Red Squirrel trail. We found a fresh white world ,the whole area was very Narnia like, under a blanket of snow. Hugo pounced in the drifts, I flung myself into snow angel shapes and a solitary herdwick , watched us with mild curiosity.

After enjoying the peaceful woodland we headed to the lake, where Hugo had a bracing paddle. Thirlmere is actually a reservoir ,created from the original smaller lake and the flooding of two hamlets Armboth and Wythburn. The industrial demands of Victorian England meant that Thirlmere was needed to supply water to the growing mill population of Manchester. To this day the 95 mile Thirlmere Aqueduct carries water to Manchester and beyond.

Around Derwentwater.

Saturday ~ Around Derwentwater.

Saturday dawned a fine bright cold day, the perfect weather for a winter walk around beautiful Derwentwater. A scenic ten mile waymarked path ambles round the shoreline , taking in stunning snow-capped mountain vistas, often reflected in the lake itself. What I particularly loved about this walk were all the interesting landmarks on route. Starting at the Friar’s Crag Viewpoint just after the Keswick Launch and Jetties, the path will regale you with many photographic opportunities. Look out for The Hundred Year Stone at Calfclose Bay, the Lodore Falls behind the Lodore Falls Hotel, The Chinese Bridge over the river Derwent inscribed with a Winnie The Pooh quote and the giant hand sculpture ‘Entrust’ near Portinscale. There are plenty of refreshment opportunities on route. We stopped off at Mary Mount Hotel for a coffee and a beer and The Lingholm Kitchen near Portinscale for a late lunch. From February The Keswick Launch reopens so if you do try out this circular walk, you can incorporate it with a cruise on the lake too.

Sunday ~ Chilled day in Keswick.

Yummy Breakfast at Jaspers in Keswick.
Eyeing up Eggs Benedict.

Sunday was a typically wet Lake District day. We decided to mostly chill in warm dry places. 😁 There was the happy discovery of a new pooch themed cafe Jaspers Coffee House on Station street, which does amazing breakfasts ( see above) and has cute doggy decor.

Hugo at The Pencil Museum.

Did you know that Keswick’s Pencil Museum is home of the first pencil! The newly refurbished collection is a fun place to spend an hour out of the weather, especially if you get competitive doing the ‘Whats the point?’ Pencil Quiz. 😉

Four legged customer in the Dog & Gun.
Leisurely Lunch at the Square Orange.🍊

There are lots of great places to eat and drink in the town, many are very dog friendly. We always frequent the characterful Dog & Gun on Lake Road and finally managed to fit into the tiny tapas & cafe bar The Square Orange for a leisurely lunch. Definitely worth the wait!

Wet Sleddale near Shap.

Monday ~ Soggy Wet Sleddale.

Today we left Keswick and stopped off at Shap near Penrith. Again I had plans , this time for us to walk round Wet Sleddale Reservoir. But the lane down to Wet Sleddale looked pretty hazardous, so we parked in Shap and walked the 3 miles there. Maybe it is always wet and bleak here ( hence the name! ) but we didn’t make it round the reservoir. 😐 Still I am up for a return visit! We saw lots of Buzzards and kestrels and the area has a connection with a cult British film. Sleddale Hall was a film location in back comedy Withnil and I.

Where have you visited in January? Or are you enjoying a spot of hibernation. 😁

25 thoughts on “A Long Weekend In The Lake District.”

  1. We’ve had a few trips to forests but mainly have had very busy weekends. Love Derwentwater. I swam from Caldclose bay two years ago 😁 would love to see some snow but just never get the chance. Great post and happy memories for you xx

  2. Thanks Christine. Forest walks sound a great idea in this weather. Have you ever swam in Thirlmere? I cannot remember, you have done so many! I really liked the walk round Derwentwater. Xx

    1. Hi Sharon. Thirlmere is a reservoir so swimming frowned on, but it did look so inviting, perhaps if future there’ll be a clandestine swim 😉 We’ll have to do the derwentwater circular one day xx

  3. I’ve only been to the Lake District twice, time I went back, you have whetted my appetite on many fronts, but maybe wait for warmer weather.
    Lovely pictures, especially the foodie ones.

  4. You should be on commission with their tourism department! We are definitely keen to go too! Hugo is so well behaved to pose untethered! Ours would be off like a shot! The scenery makes me wonder why we spend money to go abroad!

    1. Thank you. 🙂 Yes we are lucky in this country. So many gorgeous places. I have barely covered most of them yet! Since we got Hugo we haven’t been abroad. The last time was in 2014 when we were between dogs. We thought about going this year, as we do have someone nice who could look after him. Then we booked the outer hebrides! Riley and Harvey would love the Lakes. X

  5. I always feel envious of how often you get away for a few days, haha! It looks like you had a great weekend. The Pencil Museum has long been on my wish list for places to visit – one day I will get there!

  6. I love the Lakes in the snow! Our first trip up this year was to Keswick this weekend. As a non-dog owner I love that there are dogs welcomed everywhere! (I’m the crazy lady that wants to pet them all!)

  7. Looks fabulous, as do your dogs. you can’t go wrong with the Lakes…and Labradors. I very much want to get back up there this Spring with my hapless companion, Dudley the Choc Labrador. As the star of my blog, he needs some new material. I will check out some of these places for sure. Thanks for the tips

  8. Thank you for the follow and the comment. We have just the one dog and his name is Hugo.The Lakes are so dog-friendly especially Keswick. Hope you get to visit there soon!

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