Week 6 Day 41 – Sunday 3rd May
And so, we reach another ‘rest day’ – although, despite lockdown, the week can still be very busy and Sunday is more of a catching up day. It is good to try and keep the weekends a bit different but in this topsy turvy world, sometimes you have to juggle chores around and take rest opportunities wherever you can.
We thought it would be good to reflect on previous holidays enjoyed in this part of England and the Lake District has to be the one of the most dramatic in terms of scenery.
At a fantastic 912 square miles, there are acres of remote space to discover as well as the more popular areas. Nothing beats the Lake District for dramatic and rapidly changing weather and there’s beauty to be found in every season.
In November 2014 Rosalind and Dave stayed at Bank Ground Farm, overlooking Coniston Lake, whilst training for a walking holiday in the Grand Canyon. Accommodation was in the Loft with lovely views over the lake and a super, cosy wood burner – essential in November! One of the walks was Wansfell Pike, (a regular for Dave and his Marauders). Fortunately, there is a pub for lunch which coincided with a rain shower! After a hot shower and rest by the log burner there was a delicious dinner at a wonderful nearby pub, the Drunken Duck. The next day a drive to Keswick then a walk up Catbells for the great view – this should have been relatively easy but deep snow added to the challenge and of course was a great help with the training. That evening dinner was in the more contemporary setting at Lake Road Kitchen, again delicious food for hungry walkers where you can watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen. Links below for anyone who fancies having a look when this is all over.
Another more leisurely trip enjoyed by Rosalind and David, took them to Cartmel, a real foodie destination and the home of chef Simon Rogan; this was definitely more of an eating focused trip although walking was involved as well. Dinner on the first evening was at Rogan & Co the more relaxed restaurant of the two owned by the chef in the village. Breakfasts were also taken there as the rooms are in a beautiful old stone building adjoining the restaurant. On the second evening a short walk through the picture postcard village (via the pub) led to the second Rogan restaurant, L’Enclume which is a true experience. The picturesque garden faces the Cartmel river and the restaurant’s bakery is housed in an old locksmith building. The food is just amazing, definitely worth some extra exercise!
The village shop is the home of the famous sticky toffee pudding and there is also Unsworth’s Yard foodie mecca with wonderful cheese makers and brewery.
Mary stayed in Troutbeck in September 2007 and enjoyed some great walking – as well as eating of course!
June 2017 another visit was to Coniston Water to experience some of the thrills and spills with her children on an annual activity holiday.
As you can see, you can’t guarantee the weather in the Lake District – but there is never a dull moment amidst the constantly changing scenery.
We are looking forward to the next few days travelling through the Lake District and hope you will enjoy them too.