Small water walk and swim – 13/08/19

A walk that I did many many times as a toddler and child, it was lovely to take Evie to small water just as she is starting to want to walk.

This time she was happy to stay in the pack for the way up, meaning we got up there with time to spare. Good job as there was an alternative motive as well.

Evie munched some food as both her mummy and her Omi had moments of madness, and on this wet and windy day, went for a dip in the Tarn.

Evie watched on, and then we went for an explore to the sheep houses!

Wellies that fit today made splashing in puddles much easier!! Great fun when the puddles were almost rivers!

Then Bean surprises up both by walking all the way down back the the car (with the odd 1-2-3 swing and occasional carry).

So after all that walking, jumping and splashing she should definitely be tired. I don’t think it made a jot of difference – bedtime came no earlier!

Bowscale Tarn for an evening stroll – 14/08/19

On a cloudy August evening, fed up of being stuck inside after some wet days, we packed a post-work picnic a set off for a walk.

It wasn’t long before Evie wanted out of the rucksack and to join in on some walking action!!

And along with walking came serious rock climbing!

Far too difficult in big wellies – much easier to tackle in socks….

After a good bit of time, and a few protests to being carried to speed the process up, we finally made it to the lovely Bowscale Tarn for our picnic and evening swim.

A refreshing dip for me and a paddle for Omi & Evie

It made a lovely reflection on the water which was even better in the water….

Quite late (past bedtime – what’s that?) we started our descent. Evie really wanted to walk and play on each and every rock. It was a long walk down!!

But eventually the pack summoned and Evie was ready and it was time for going home to bed.

Down at the lake – July 2019

We had a week where after work the weather was so nice that routine was let go and we headed down to Ullswater for some lake fun

One evening was paddling, stone throwing (a swim for mummy) and an unsuccessful picnic; too much going on to want to eat!

Then we had our first venture out solo on the paddle board – not so sure at first – we kept super shallow.

But then Evie settled happily into it so long as she was securely wrapped in my legs!

Hopefully the first of many paddle board adventures to come!

A walk up Penrith Beacon

When we lived in Penrith this was a pre-Evie regular. But amazingly we haven’t gone up it since.

Meeting friends, Paula and Sam, Paula and Willow and Helen and Bella, we set off up the Beacon and soon released our toddling minis to make their way up.

marching their way up, with plenty of rests!!

It’s was slow progress, but they did keep going.

Just for a brief moment they hold hands to walk.

And then finally with a little help….

Their very own summit! They sit still just long enough to capture this before going off to explore the tower.

And here we all are, you can’t expect everyone to look at once!!

It was fun – see you again soon Penrith Beacon!

Warton Crag, Carnforth- 29/06/19

Meeting kind of in the middle, we met Auntie Imo and Cousin Sam at Warton Crag for a walk and picnic.

Setting off from a car park that looked more like a quarry, my expectations were low! However after walking up through a few trees, suddenly the view opened up to a stunning vista and the meadow towers on the crag were beautiful.

A great place with tiny paths for the kids to run around in a world of gassy adventure.

Some scrambling to be had for the bigger kids!! These rocks slightly too big for Evie yet.

Not quite the turret we thought on the top, but a good cairn to sit on!

For those tired moments when the legs have done enough running for a bit, Sam takes a break and rides Auntie Imo’s shoulders!

Then how much more fun can you have than a big pile of sawdust to dance in!

This is the walk when, through playing lots of chase with Sam, Evie learns to ROAR!!! She managed such a scary roar that she even frightened Sam and he thought we were going to eat his mummy!! Towards the end, there were downhill running races to be had!! As we stood and clapped the runners on….

A place I would definitely recommend if you are after a short but pleasing stroll in the area.

Lake District Wildlife Park

A great idea from Lou for a meet up with the animals. So close to home and I never realised that the Lake District Wildlife Park existed and it was a lot better than I anticipated.

First stop the meerkats!!

And the crazy headed birds!!

Then to the goats which very much liked the food that you can buy to feed them. Evie liked to hold the food but was then too scared to actually feed the animals, so placed it just out of reach on the path the wrong side of the fence!!! Tease!

Evan not so disturbed by the up close goat encounter as Evie.

Evie’s favourite was definitely the ring tailed lemurs!!

Up close to these amazing birds of prey – a golden eagle at the top.

Then on to the more unusual; a red panda, zebra and flamingos – not your everyday Lake District animal.

Lunch was dominated by the amazing soft play – Evie lost all interest in lunch when she disappeared and found this room!

And then a really amazing outdoor park with a lot to keep them busy for years to come.

So all in all, a great day out. So good we upgraded to an annual pass on the way out…. so we will be back. Maybe one day Evie will enjoy feeding the animals!

A day out around Buttermere 10/05/19

With our friend Winter to stay for a few days, what better place to take her than back to the beautiful bluebells at Rannerdale. A visit to there on this cold May Day seemed a great way to spend an otherwise grey day.

Although Evie was tired and not looking best pleased here, at least this time it wasn’t raining and the blossoms were out which were really beautiful.From there we drove back to Buttermere, had some lunch, and then set off for a walk along the lake path around Buttermere.

Stopping for the odd moment to take in the view, it’s a truely beautiful place.

Also we had a moment of human kindness – a man who we passed in the opposite direction a few minutes previous, was suddenly running back to us carrying one of Evie’s BOGS (wellies). He passed it to us saying it was too cute to leave on the ground, then ran back to his friends. How lovely.

I just had to include a picture of these sheep with their amazing red fringes.

Then finishing the day by sharing an ice cream from Sykes Farm, some of the best homemade ice-cream around the Lakes for sure!

Strangely the ice-cream made Evie really happy!!

Lowther Castle playground

A birthday present for Evie’s 1st birthday is a pass to Lowther Park, as friends informed us that it has a fabulous playground for kids – from toddlers up.

We have already made a couple of visits, sometimes with friends, sometimes on our own.

For a picnic on a nice day, Lowther Castle does make for a great backdrop.

There is also LOTS of space for kids to run around, and as Evie gets older, to bike around.

After our picnic we headed to the playground and I was immediately impressed.

With a toddler area, there were some slides that Evie could manage independently and a baby zip wire which she loved.

Swings

And a sandpit….

Never mind the endless ramps to run around and explore…

I think this place could keep us busy with fun packed hours for years yet.

More fun at Lowther – 1st Sep

Lowther is becoming one of our regulars for its playground, ease, cafe…. but we hadn’t previously actually explored the castle.

It took over an hour and a lot of cajoling just to get through the entrance, as the gatehouse was so much fun!

And then there were benches to walk on….

And enormous old rooms to explore!

Then finally we buckled up and went to find the slides and swings for the fun to continue!

Lowther fireworks

Here we are at Lowther Castle, all beautifully lit up for their fireworks display.

We walk ‘the loop’ where the trees are lit up beautifully

And Evie can follow the string of lights all the way round!

The fireworks were truely impressive and they lit the castle up even more. Although not included in our passes, it was well worth the money.

We meet Oliver, who looks mildly scary lit up like this!

The little house is just as enticing in the dark to Evie and Oliver as it is in the daytime – we struggle to get them to keep walking on from here!

Having a bit of a boogie – some good music playing whilst the fireworks not happening.

Definitely one to consider, was far better than anticipated.

Rannerdale bluebells

After a fun swim session and a lovely cafe lunch (picnic aborted due to pouring rain!), where there was fun to be had on an old trike Evie, Sam, Paula and me set of on a very short walk to see the gorgeous Rannerdale bluebells.

Not quite the weather or light for stunning bluebell photography, but dressed in waterproofs and BOGS, Evie and Sam had great fun splashing in all the puddles and wading back and forth through the massive river (small stream).

They spent a little time taking in the beauty of it all to

They even obliged us for a moment, for a photograph in the pretty bluebells.

Once all nicely wet it was time to get into dry kit back at the car and head home .

Underskiddaw (AKA another failed Skiddaw attempt)

Easter Sunday so after a relaxed Easter Breakfast, painting our eggs as is tradition in our family, we set off far too late for a walk.

One day I will learn how walls that look short on maps in reality take many hours.

Parking in Millbeck Underskiddaw, we set off up a very steep path (is any path up Skiddaw not very steep?)

We stopped for a picnic lunch at an outcrop with a gorgeous view over Derwent Water, from a slightly different aspect to what I have seen before. Evie enjoyed a good run around and then we made the decision that despite our height gain, Skiddaw was well and truely out of our sights today.

We toyed with Dodd but from where we were it would have been a big down to go up, to go down and finish a fair way from the car.

So instead we agreed that the best thing was just to enjoy the beauty of the day, give Evie another decent run around, and head back down.

Despite no summits – it was still a very lovely walk and a big effort when carrying a Bean!