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 !
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!
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!
Just did a lovely local walk today with Evie and mum, on paths I had never been on before. A loop you can do from either Dalemain House (the home of the Marmalade Festival held each March), or from Pooley Bridge.
5 miles of undulating terrain, through fields, a bit of road , some wood and some track. Nice if you want something gentle, but parts not buggyable.
We set off from Dalemain across the fields , where we had a surprisingly good view of Askham fell.
Past a small lake / big pond
Then down to the river, which we had a couple of lovely picnic (and swim) spots
As well as a large family of swans, with a highly successful brood of signets
Evie checked our route before continuing on our way
And then it was up a small hill through the Dunmallard woods
We made a stop off at Dacre Church, which is worth a small detour to visit, very pretty
It also has four bears in the graveyard (or possibly lions – the jury is out). Nobody knows the reason for their existence but they are very old.
Past Dacre castle
Some old and unusual stone gateposts
Before finishing off in the medieval cafe at Dalemain (you’ll have to visit there yourself as no photos allowed). I can recommend the Gluten Free lemon drizzle cake!!!
For Evie’s second Wainwright we needed a small and local one, as we were still getting used to having a baby, I was still sore and Evie was still under 6 weeks old. So we set off up Gowbarrow. However, Tim decided that we should try a new route, so rather than going up the main path it turned instead into a bit of an adventure.
The path turned into a bit of a non path, so some heather bashing and a bit of scrambling were required to actually get to the cairn on top. But it was worth it. Another amazing day and stunning view looking down over Ullswater, not that Evie saw it as once again she was asleep at the top!
We then followed a real path, though not our normal one, to get back down…. glad it was dry as normally I think it would be a bog!
A regular walk of ours, it being close to home. But today was one of those cracking days with beautiful late afternoon light, autumnal colours…. and Evie awake at the top!
Didn’t want this day to end!