On a damp December morning we set off for a Christmas walk with Evie’s new baby friends (Bella, Willow, Oliver and Evan) and their mummy’s (Helen, Paula, Claire and Lou).
Parking at St Peters Church in Martindale, with the normal faff factor of multiple mums and babies, we set off down towards Howtown with the wind and rain on our backs.
What used to be one of my favourite easy off road runs makes a nice easy walk with a baby in a pack and lovely views without going up, perfect for wet weather days.
The other nice thing about this walk is it’s circular. On nicer days there are a number of gorgeous picnic and swimming spots and even a cliff jump into Ullswater. Maybe save that for when this bunch are a bit older!
Of course a damp walk must be rewarded with a nice cafe for a warm up tea and food! Granny Dowbekins in Pooley Bridge fulfils this job very nicely, especially with a big table and multiple high chairs.
This is where the Christmas outfits could finally be shown off !
A great place in North Wales for an easy walk with stunning views, starting from the car park just up from Loggerheads.
The sun was out so a family walk on this beautiful day was a must, with the sun bringing out the best of the colours.
Evie was fast asleep and snoring in my ear for the first part of the walk, but then woke up to enjoy the top
Arriving at the busy top, where there is a great 360 degree view from the tower for miles around
Time for a much deserved snack for Evie (having made it to the top awake!)
Then back down through the trees that are all turning
And back to the car across the wibbly bridge! Nice playground for when Evie is older….
We woke to a beautiful sunrise and a forecasted amazing day.
How to make the most of it (apart from drying 3 loads of washing?!).
I decided to get out the bike and Chariot and cycle us to Penrith to get the food shopping and, most importantly, take Evie to Rattle and Drum, a session she seems to love.
Even better, whilst I was enjoying the biking and the colours, she had two good morning sleeps!
Then (after more washing), I met up with Jess and her Osh, and we walked along Haweswater to the Forces.
We had a nice picnic and I believe the bubas enjoy each other’s company, Evie slightly frustrated that she can’t yet walk to chase Osh around. A great place to enjoy the autumn colours and listen to the deer rutting.
Then onwards, we said bye to Jess & Osh and Tim came and met us at Pooley Bridge for an amazing sunset.
He and Evie chilled
I swam (brrrrr – getting cold in there)
And then after a lot of excitement in one day, it was time for home, bath and tea!
With just a couple of hours to get some fresh air and not the weather for going up, the path along Haweswater from Burnbanks often hits the spot. And at this time of year the colours are beautiful even when the weather isn’t!
All prepped in warmth and waterproof, we are now very much into using the rucksack
However, I’m finding I need to use different muscles (my glutes +++) to the sling so we are steadily building back up again with distance and inclines. This path is again perfect for that, as it gently undulates with beautiful views.
Today we only went to a bit beyond the forces
Enough to see the tops were in cloud anyway (always makes turning around easier!)
And home for tea as we now need to think about actual food for Evie….. life is moving on too rapidly!
It’s all about timing!
I did well on timing the foraging outing on the bike with Evie’s sleep. I did badly (by at least two weeks) of timing the fruit picking. The rosehips are softening and I only found a handful of blackberries.
We started out and took every opportunity to pick fruit, meaning that Evie could help with the rosehips and elderberries!
Then with the eye rubbing, it was time to tuck her up and do some cycling to get her to sleep
Continuing along the way, the bushes were abundant in elderberries and crab apples
The Chariot was useful for carrying the jam pan to collect the fruit in, in the ‘boot’ with the nappy change bag!
Though the wind was strong, the views were gorgeous. Definitely feeling autumnal
Quite tired when I got home, well timed as Evie woke up!! Ready to make the hedgerow jelly jam when I get a spare moment!
Summer has definitely cleared of, but the desire to continue swimming in the Lakes hasn’t!
However the days of just going to the lake have gone as now I need to follow in the steps of my friends and organise my swims around my baby. So today this meant going with someone happy to look after Evie whilst I swam, and then swap!
You would think this happy little bundle wouldn’t mind me going for a dip, especially when she had Josie as a doting babysitter!
However, hopefully just a ‘stage’, but apparently she cried for most of the time I swam….
Back to shore and a very quick change (it’s got cold) before consoling an upset Evie whilst trying to warm up.
But once she realised I was back to stay it was all smiles again! We all squeezed in to the much needed pop up wind shelter (I think I need one of these in my life) for a picnic
And it was laughs and giggles once more
Then sadly time for home, what a lovely way to spend a day, getting stupidly cold and catching up with friends!
I have been going up Knipe Scar, from Bampton or Bampton Grange, since I was a little girl. It’s a great hill if you want one a small one to do when carrying a baby. It doesn’t take long to get up, yet you know you have done some exercise getting up it, and it has fantastic views from the top.
There are a number of ways to get to the top, but from the knipe road beyond Bampton Grange, this signpost takes you up a guaranteed wet path!
Its a fairly steep ascent towards the top, the path winds through the bracken to the left of the stone wall.
From the top you can see south to the Howgills, across to Haweswater and High Street and over to Blencathra in the distance (Scotland on a very clear day)
Once again Evie bean missed the glorious views!
The limestone scar on top is where you need to be careful that monsters don’t jump out of the cracks as you are playing on them!
There is also a stone circle up here, but didn’t have time on this day to go & see it.
Making it a circuit, you go down the steep side towards Knipe, then cross the Knipe road to the rather fun wibbly wobbly bridge (but be careful of the trolls that live in the pipes!)
Then back along the river to Bampton, which often has beautiful reflections to enjoy as you wander back along it .