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Lake District Days.

A couple of weeks ago we spent a few days away in Silverdale on the Lancashire Coast. I love the sea and am quite happy pottering about on the beach. But as we were but a hop, skip and a jump away from the Lake District , we decided to take advantage of our convenient location and explore some places in the Lakes as well. 🙂 Enjoy the pictures.

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The  Gothic features of Wray Castle on the shore of Windermere lure you in.

But as we had Hugo with us, we enjoyed the scenery outside instead. The Cabanas above were used in an Art TV show that was filmed at Wray. Quite a beautiful view to paint!

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Nearby Hawkshead has some attractive buildings like this pub ‘The Queen’s Head’.
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And lots of Beatrix potter connections of course. 🙂
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Poppi Red  in Hawkshead is the perfect cafe to pop in for a delicious Almond slice. 🙂
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We headed to the Great langdale Valley and walked from Elterwater Village to the lake of  Elter Water above.
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And we set up the camera to take this shot. Quite surprised that Hugo was actually looking. 🙂

The Langdale Valley , home to the majestic Langdale Pikes was a nice surprise. The National Trust are the most significant landowners here, owning 7 farms,3 car parks, a campsite and a Pub. Sticklebarn is a very family/walker/pet friendly pub that serves meals,shows family films and even has a doggy menu. 🙂

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One way of exploring the Lake District is of course by boat.
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Approaching Bowness on Windermere.

 

A cruise on Lake Windermere is great fun….and nice and cooling on a hot Summer’s Day. Yes we do have the occasional one of those.;)  We enjoyed the 40 minute boat trip from Lakeside Pier at the Southern end of Windermere, to Bowness. Hugo even got his own ticket which was for ‘One Well Behaved Dog’ . Luckily he was a good boy and didn’t jump overboard!  Bowness is pretty but incredibly busy and touristy in the Summer, so only visit if you don’t mind the crowds. See Windermere Lake Cruises.

Hopefully there are a few ideas here for anyone who is considering visiting The Lake District. 🙂

An amble around Ambleside. :)

Sunday, we visited the quaint little town of Ambleside in the Lake District. We were on our way to see family in the North Lakes , so stopped off here for lunch. Luckily the promised showers did not materialize so we bought  ourselves a little picnic  from the ApplePie Bakery and ‘ambled’ our way down to the lakeside. The lake is of course ‘Lake Windermere’ which is the largest of Cumbrias many expanses of water. The area by the lake is known as ‘Waterhead’ and it was fun to watch the world go by from here. We also treated ourselves to some chocolate dipped Icecreams ! After that we strolled back and looked round the town which is full of pretty gift shops, cafes , pubs and outdoorsy shops , all set against a gorgeous mountain backdrop.

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2014-07-13 12.19.50Those Ice creams were amazing! Do you have a favourite village or town to visit in the Lake District? 

 

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