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Jake Loves the Lakes.

‘The Lake District’ is a National Park in Cumbria on the western side of North England. It is made up of over 80 mountain lakes, glacial tarns and man made reservoirs. The Lake District is home to England’s highest mountain ‘Scafell Pike’ and England’s deepest lake, ‘Wast Water’ and is classed as an AONB ,( Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Over the years we have visited several times with our dog Jake. Jake has become a bit of a ‘Wainwright Bagger’ of lakes and tarns, insisting on paddling/swimming in as many as he can. So who better to show you the beauty of ‘The Lake District’ than him. 🙂

There are lots of dog friendly camp sites in the Lakes. :)
There are lots of dog friendly camp sites in the Lakes. 🙂

Ullswater lies in the North East of the Lake District and is nine miles long. It is sometimes compared to the lakes of Switzerland.
Ullswater lies in the North East of the Lake District and is nine miles long. It is sometimes compared to the lakes of Switzerland.

Thirlmere is a reservoir serving the city of Manchester. Helvellyn peak looks over the west side of the lake.
Thirlmere is a reservoir serving the city of Manchester. Helvellyn peak looks overthe west side of the lake.

Windermere is the largest lake at 11 miles long.There are several islands in the lake. Jake got chased by some grumpy swans!
Windermere is the largest lake at 11 miles long.There are several islands in the lake. Jake got chased by some grumpy swans!

Wast Water is beautiful and remote.Here is Jake on the banks with his finds, a stick and an oxygen mask!
Wast Water is beautiful and remote.Here is Jake on the bank with his finds, a stick and an oxygen mask!

Ennerdale Water shimmering in the early morning sunshine.
Ennerdale Water shimmering in the early morning sunshine.

Beacon Tarn near Coniston is not accessable by road. We loved this little tarn tucked away in the fells.
Beacon Tarn near Coniston is not accessable by road. We loved this little tarn tucked away in the fells.
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Coniston Water is the straightest  of the lakes, which is what attracted Donald Campbell to attempt the world water speed record in his boat, the bluebird. Coniston was also the inspiration for "Swallows and Amazons".
Coniston Water is the straightest of the lakes, which is what attracted Donald Campbell to attempt the world water speed record in his boat, the bluebird. Coniston was also the inspiration for Arthur Ransoms, “Swallows and Amazons”.

Tarn Hows is actually a man made lake once owned by Beatrix Potter. There is a pretty  path all the way round which is perfect for prams and pushchairs.:)
Tarn Hows is actually a man made lake once owned by Beatrix Potter. There is a pretty path all the way round which is perfect for prams and pushchairs.:)

Brothers Water is a small lake in the eastern region of the Lakes. It is home to a rare species of fish called , the schelly. I hope Jake didn't swallow any!
Brothers Water is a small lake in the eastern region of the Lakes. It is home to a rare species of fish called , the schelly. I hope Jake didn’t swallow any!

Jake surveys his kingdom  from 'Barrow' where you can see two lakes, Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water.
Jake surveys his kingdom from ‘Barrow’ where you can see two lakes, Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water.

Derwent Water is one of the most scenic of the Lakes ( Gorgeous !).
Derwent Water is one of the most scenic of the Lakes ( Gorgeous !).

Of course there are still several lakes and tarns Jake hasn’t crossed off his list yet. Hopefully he may get the chance to do a few more this year. 🙂

Here are a few dog friendly camp sites we have stopped at in the Lakes.


Lanefoot Farm Camp site, Thornthwaite.
Coniston Old Hall camp site, Coniston
Thirlspot Farm, ThirlmereThirlspot Farm
Sykeside camp site, Brotherswaterhttp://www.sykeside.co.uk

Camping in Silverdale :)

Ooooh I definatly need a little bit of sunshine. It is sooo grey out there and at times like these I wonder what can I possibly write about? So I thought I would go back in time and tell you about a lovely chilled camping trip we went on in May last year. I really love the sea side so I thought I would try and find a camp site on our own Lancashire coastline. The camping criteria with us is almost always somewhere that is dog friendly, in beautiful countryside and within walking distance of a pub. 🙂 We found the perfect place! ‘Gibralter Farm’ in Silverdale.
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The very name ‘Gibralter Farm’ conjours up warm sunshiney days and we were in luck! The campsite is situated on a working farm in the heart of the Silverdale and Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural beauty with gorgeous views over Morecambe Bay. We pitched our tent in the lower left field which is adjacent to a little wooded area where you can camp too.silverdale 084
There are lots of footpaths from the site and if you wander through the woodland there is a perfect little cove where we saw Oyster catchers and Shelduck. Ok I was more excited about the birdlife than my other half but yes I am a bit of a bird nerd!

A little cove.
A little cove.

Windswept tree.
Windswept tree.

Even he was impressed that Gibralter Farm has its own resident Green Woodpecker. I spent a lot of time trying to capture its vivid colours on camera but the best I could manage was this siluette shot.
Green Woodpecker.
Green Woodpecker.

We wandered into the village of Silverdale a couple of times. It has a convenience store,a butchers, tearooms, an Indian restaurant and two pubs ‘The Royal Hotel’ and ‘The Woodlands.’ If you like your real ales and somewhere a little different try ‘The Woodlands'( If you can find it!) which is run by the villagers in an old manor house.It is kind of a bizarre place which also had a pop up victorian tearooms in one of the downstairs rooms when we visited. 🙂
We also had lunch at ‘The Wolf House Gallery ‘ across the road from Gibralter Farm.It was a little expensive but the food was good.

Silverdale itself is in Lancashire and neighboring Arnside only two miles up the road is in Cumbria.Both are well worth a visit. Arnside is a pretty village facing the estuary with a tiny promenade of cafes and gift shops.We took our dog Jake here for some walks on the beach and he made friends with a local dog. 🙂

Arnside Estuary.
Arnside Estuary.

Sat outside the Fighting Cocks with views over to Morecambe Bay.
Sat outside the Fighting Cocks with views over to Morecambe Bay.

If you love your wildlife make sure you take a walk round the RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve where you can see all sorts of water fowl in the reeds. Unfortunately as we had Jake there were not to many areas we could take a dog.There is one public walkway where you can walk the hound,on a lead of course.

Tufted Duck in the Reeds.
Tufted Duck in the Reeds.

And a stay here is not complete without sampling the local delicacy ‘Morecambe Bay Potted Shrimps’ which are caught in the shallow waters of the bay. We tried some in the nearby seaside town of Grange Over Sands.
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Gibralter Farm Campsite.
Gibralter Farm Campsite.

Hopefully we will try and head to Gibralter Farm again this year for a nice relaxing camping trip by the sea. 🙂

Camping in Wales.

Just got back from a few days camping at Manorafon farmhttp://www.manorafon.co.uk/ near Abergele in North Wales. This basic family friendly and dog friendly campsite was just the thing for us ( 2 adults, a tent and a dooog) with its hot showers, distant sea views and only £13 a night.

I don’t know about you but I always like to take a good book camping–especially one I’ve been meaning to read forever and never got round to. The crumbling ruins of Gwrych castle looked over the site so my choice of Mary Shellys gothic horror ‘Frankenstein’ proved to be an inspired choice : )

On our first day we headed over to Anglesey. The beautiful fishing port of Beaumaris is definantly a must visit with its lovely castle and gorgeous craft shops and tearooms.

Then we went over to Benlech with its gorgeous and happily dog friendly beach. Jakey was very happy to go for a paddle. : ) Someone had even carved this welsh dragon in the sand.

The following day we drove inland to the mountains of snowdonia National park. Betws-y-Coed is a picturesque mountain resort crammed full of outdoorsy shops and gift emporiums as well as a railway museum and minature steam train.

My favourite place that we visited was the delightful Conwy ,a harbour town encased in the ancient city walls of Conwy castle.We loved the Quay area especially the ‘smallest house in Britain’. How cute! Being a shorty i could actually live here quite happily I reckon!


Kids and er Bigger kids will love crab fishing from the Quay. A bucket and bait can be bought from Conwy Mussel Museum for £3. Its such good fun and very addictive. : )

Food in wales is yummy too. Two of my favourite places to eat this week and both are short drives from the campsite are The Old Stag at Llangernyw http://www.theoldstag.com which has a very olde worldy decor and The Tides cafe bistro based at the Beach caravan park inbetween Abergele and Llandulas.

All in all we enjoyed a fab camping trip in wales. : )