Continuing our half term in the Lake District after the bank holiday with friends we moved around quite a bit. Allonby for a coastal fix for both toddler and dog (pebble throwing and sea swimming), Whinlatter for some mountain biking (Jamie), Derwent Water for some road biking (me), Keswick for a quick walk up Latrigg for the views and Pooley Bridge for some more walking alongside water in a conveniently ‘on the way home’ location.
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I’ve been thinking back over all our family walks to try and work out what it is that turns a good hill walk into a great hill walk. There are lots of factors that influence this but, beyond ensuring that you’ve got the right skills and equipment, perhaps one of the most important is your choice of hill.
Over the past two years, our open canoeing adventures have been a great success. We’ve canoed in so many places, I haven’t been able to blog about them all: the West Coast of Scotland; the Lake District; and the estuaries, rias, and tidal rivers of Devon and Cornwall.
One of my favourite campsites is Sykes Farm in Buttermere. It’s not the most convenient for us given you can’t drive onto the camping field so it’s tent camping rather than sleeping the campervan, but the location is simply stunning.
It was still very much winter, there was snow on the tops, but we hadn’t been away in the camper van for while so we decided to head for the Lake District, specifically the National Trust campsite at Langdale. Not somewhere we’d usually camp during peak season, but in February it was very reasonably priced! Funnily enough, in what is usually a very busy campsite, we only noticed about three tents, but many camper vans! We don’t have any heating in our camper van, but it’s definitely warmer than sleeping in a tent.
One day last Easter, when the weather really was too bad to contemplate doing anything outdoors with small children, we took them to a climbing wall for the first time. (See ‘Reach for the Sky’ link below)
The wind was still pretty high when we woke up for our second day, so we decided to stay lower down. Blea Tarn is a favourite spot of mine, always good for a photo opportunity when the water is still with that amazing reflection of the Langdale hills in the tarn.
My idea of a great canoe trip is to go on a journey. The boys’ idea of a great canoe trip is to canoe for perhaps half-a-mile, land somewhere ‘interesting’, and spend several hours ‘pottering’ about.
The wet weather this Bank Holiday weekend has made me think about other walks we have enjoyed in spite of torrential rain. One of these walks was along the Keswick Railway Path – which runs for four miles along what was part of the route of the Keswick-to-Penrith railway.