Travel: Windermere, Lake District
This weekend I ventured to the Lake District with my boyfriend Max for a weekend of hiking, abseiling and a LOT of eating! Although it took us around 5 hours to get there it was well worth it. We arrived in our lovely air bnb which was part of a cottage owned by Adrian & Elizabeth. The room was perfect with our own little kitchen, homely decor and wood fire. Our wonderful hosts had prepared a table full of leaflets with walks, restaurants and activities. They even preheated our bed!!
Despite the drizzling rain we decided to conquer Scarfell Pike although it didn’t quite go to plan. The closer we got to the top the worse the weather got, the rain and wind combination was far from pleasant but the views were still outstanding. Unfortunately we only managed to get just over half way up as we bumped into other hikers that warned us about the snow at the top! On the way down the walk became much more enjoyable with the rain and wind being blocked by the mountains, our clothes drying off and the beautiful sound of the water running alongside us all the way down.
After a long hike what better way to dry off than a trip to the pub for some ale? I’ve always been a beer drinker but lately it’s ale ale ale – I’m obsessed! We then went home, got changed and headed to the local town of Bowness.
Our next activity was abseiling. I have done many activities, bungee jumping, sky diving, white water rafting etc but I have never been so scared as I was for this. I think at first Max thought I was joking about how scared I was, that is until we were having the intro on how to do it and I started crying (oops!).
I’m not one to back out though so no matter how long it took I was going to get off the cliff side and down the quarry! I knew I would enjoy it and I was not wrong – it was awesome. That being said, although I would do it again the fear will not go.. putting your whole trust in two small trees and a thin rope while dangling off a cliff is always going to be a challenge.
Our guide Craig was fantastic, obviously seeing how blatantly frightened I was he helped me the whole way down and managed to get the ordeal on camera. After our first descent he then took us on a tour of the quarry caves before we hiked back up the rubble to go again.
That night we headed to The Brown Horse as suggested by Craig for some delicious pub grub. I’m not personally a gin lover but if you are this is where you need to go. The pub had over 100 gins with multiple gin cocktails from across the World. I stuck to the ale (obviously) before moving onto some After Eight vodka and baby Guinness.
Sunday morning we woke up hesitant to leave the beautiful countryside, friendly people and fresh air. We set off on our journey up Wrynose Pass and Hardnott Pass – the steepest roads in the UK – and enjoyed to breathtaking views from a height.We then made a quick stop in a pub before we needed to head back on our 8 hour long journey home. Coincidentally the pub was the oldest (well probably) pub in the Lake District and dated back to the 40th century!!
Thankfully our journey went pretty fast – mainly thanks to the podcast we listened to: My dad wrote a porno. If you haven’t had a listen make sure you do, you won’t be disappointed!
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