Finally, here is the promised post on the Lake District.
So here’s a little run down of what I did. Me and my partner went there this year for a week. It was my first time going, and we decided to camp. We stayed 3 nights at one campsite (Kestral Lodge), 2 nights at another campsite (Gill Head Farm) and out final two nights at a third campsite (Harbour Lights). The idea was to do a mini tour, but the first two campsites were North as we couldn’t get anything near Windermere or the center of the Lake District when we booked. Harbour Lights is South West – I’m not sure if it’s technically IN the Lake District but it’s near enough, either way.
We went at the end of August to the beginning of September. I’ve been camping many times before, but at festivals. We were NOT prepared for ‘proper’ camping! We’d borrowed a 4 man tent off a friend (I thought I had a 4 man, but two days before realised it was a 2 man, which I had the sense to know wouldn’t be big enough!) a 4 man without a porch is NOT big enough for ‘proper’ camping.
Let me just say here that by ‘proper’ camping, I mean with our own stove, plates, pans etc. A table was very useful too. All of this stuff we’d borrowed off my sister to save money. When you have two people in a tent, a blow up bed, bags of clothes (taking up more space than usual because we camped for cold weather – we got cold weather!), a crate full of cooking and eating utensils and another crate of food, a 4 man tent without a porch is not big enough. I’d say we over-packed, but I don’t feel like we did. We got through most of the food, I certainly got through all the clothes I took and it’s nice to have a little bit of room to move. So yeah, unless you’re one of those insanely camping-savvy people who have learnt how to pack a weeks worth of clothes, food and cooking stuff into one giant back pack, get a bigger tent! We ended up buying a bigger one on our second day with a porch, and we are SO glad we did. It would have been miserable otherwise, particularly because the first tent was very cheap and not 100% waterproof! You can wing it at a festival, there’s usually a friend you can crash with if it all goes tits up. You can’t do that with ‘proper’ camping!
We got to Kestral Lodge, and the area was beautiful. I forget all of the names of the places we went so I’m gonna add in some map shots. The drive up there was wonderful and refreshing, and even the 24 hour rain didn’t stop us going on a local walk through a lovely forest.
After a long drive and setting up, we were quite tired, so that was it for day 1. On day 2, We grabbed that new tent, set it up and then went off to Dodd Wood. It’s not too far form the campsite, we weren’t really sure what to expect but it was fantastic. It was a great little visitor center and we ended up going all the way to the summit. There’s several different routes, some easier than others. Our trek was quite tough, but so worth it! It took about 2 hours to get to the top – it was a lot quicker coming down, but we stopped at an Osprey viewing point. We saw an Osprey! Anyway, here’s some photos showing it’s beauty. It really was an incredible walk, and a great unexpected way to kick off the holiday!
On the second day, we went to the Lake District Wildlife Park, and then for what should have been a relatively short walk from the campsite down to Bassenthwaite Lake. The Wildife Park was good, much bigger than we were expecting. Not all enclosures were as big as I’d like to see, but a great morning out nonetheless. The walk to the lake was fantastic, though! We got lost, and walked down tiny little paths next to rivers, through fields, over huge areas of puddle (we’d worked out my shoes weren’t waterproof so there was lots of jumping and lifting), and eventually found an incredibly peaceful, secluded and beautiful spot on the lake. The sun had come out for us, and it was bliss to sit there for half an hour. If we’d gotten there earlier (as we should have done), we would have stayed longer, but we were concerned we’d get lost again and the sun was setting. Well worth it anyway!
On the third day, we moved over to Gill Head Farm. We didn’t realise how close Gill Head was to Kestral Lodge until we set the sat nav up, but we went for a wonderful detour on the way there.
I’m going to have to make this a two-parter because I’m cutting into Uni work time now. I have a research proposal due this month in preparation for my dissertation, which I’ll be doing on Rewilding, but I have nowhere near enough research to focus on one area yet! It’s a huge subject with lots of things to consider. It’s also a relatively new subject, which is nice!
Enjoy the images, there’s more to come! 😀