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 !
For a small walk so close to home, this was a walk new to me as well as Evie. A blustery damp August day meant it was perfect for a brief bit of fresh air.
Even on this dank day, there was still atmosphere in the views. It’s rare that it’s not worth going out…. at least for a little while…
Making the most of being in a different part of the Lakes, as we were headed to The Lakes Distillery for a very belated Christmas present, we decided to go up Sale Fell, as it was VERY windy! So a short walk fitted the bill nicely.
Evie is now big enough to go front facing in the sling when she is awake. More interesting for her but harder for me. I don’t know if she is happy or not… and she kicks me with her legs!!
It really was crazy windy on top!
But not particularly cold
And the views over Bassenthwaite were lovely….. but not as lovely as the afternoon tea at The Lakes Distillery!!
Happy belated Christmas mum!
One of those days with multiple work deadlines but too gorgeous not to! I really wanted for us to do the Beda – Place Fell round but ran out of time, so settled for just Beda Fell.
A blistering hot day, the sling and rucksack made for hot work as we clambered steeply upwards through a thick bracken little trod footpath. One on the ridge line life got easier.
Looking over Ullswater and back at Hallin Fell, the views are stunning as soon as you have climbed a short distance up. Even the sheep like taking them in!
it took longer than I anticipated to get to the summit, and despite the heat was a bit breezy on the very top, so we dropped a bit for lunch.
The colours at this time of years were gorgeous up here, all tiny little Fell plants that made a beautiful fellside.
Then time for the grassy descent down and walk back along the Martindale valley where Evie chilled out on the grass whilst I had a quick dip in the river to wash off and cool off!
One of my all time favourites, I decided it was time to take Evie up Blencathra for a picnic!!
Going up from Scales it’s never an easy start out of the car park going straight uphill. So paused for a cute picture
We got to the summit but Evie was still sleeping so I decided to walk along the saddle to Knowe Crags.
Evie then woke up so we did some tummy time!! This allowed Evie to take in the view!
Took a selfie!!
Then after the picnic headed down via Scales Tarn as it looked so beautiful!
Another gorgeous day for a walk.
A blustery day meant a low(ish) level walk was desirable, so Lou & me decided on High Rigg.
Parking near the church up St Johns-in-the-vale there is very little up, so it didn’t take long to reach our summit!
There are still lovely views from this peak
Then it’s quite a rocky descent down the far side of the Rigg. So need to be careful underfoot (especially when you can’t see your feet!).
After that it’s a flatish path along the base of the Rigg, although somehow I managed a big trip on the flat section. This then required a stop in a conveniently placed friendly family run cafe to soothe Evie, before heading along the path back to the car.
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!