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!
I have been walking up to Small Water since I was 3 years old and up Harter Fell when I was a bit older. I was excited to take Evie up there to see my old stomping ground.
We had stayed at my mums in Bampton, so of course there were morning bed cuddles before the day started.
Harter Fell is a bigger walk for sure, but the weather was gorgeous and I was desperate to get going…. but not before a stop off at the Bluebell woods in Burnbanks as they are not to be missed.
Driving along Haweswater the reflections were just stunning…. this is it at its best.
After getting Evie fed, changed and in the sling we set off. Normally I would stop for a swim in Small Water, but it was just us, so as lovely as it looked, I walked on by and continued on up to Nam Biel. I was shocked to see that Kentmere reservoir, another of my favourite swim places, was totally dried out.
Evie missed the views from Nam Biel towards Haweswater in one direction and Kentmere in the other, and from the top of Harter Fell, but then she did finally wake up as we were walking back down the Gatesgarth path, so we stopped for another feed and her first up the mountain change! Loo with a view for her!
That just left the steep descent back to the car and back to Grandmas for a well deserved cup of tea!