We had a long weekend trip to the Lake District over the bank holiday weekend.
We stopped at Sizergh Castle for some lunch and had a good walk around the garden and explored the house.
We went on to Ambleside and arrived our lovely B&B, Haven Cottage.
We had a bit of a walk around town even though it was a bit wet, and then had an early dinner at Dodds.
The evening light was beautiful on our walk back.
The next day started with an amazing breakfast!
Friday was showery so we planned some indoor activities, starting with Brantwood House, home of John Ruskin.
It was a bit too wet to look round the gardens so we had a coffee and decided to go on to Blackwell House.
We arrived and had lunch, cauliflower soup.
It was an amazing Arts and Crafts house, full of beautiful details.
We had fish and chips for tea and saw an excellent rainbow while we were out.
We have been enjoying our walks so decided to walk to Grasmere rather than taking the car. I am glad we did as the views were amazing!
Our first stop in Grasmere was the gingerbread shop.
We had a little walk around Grasmere and ate our packed lunch.
We were going to get the bus back to Ambleside but randomly decided to get it to Bowness instead! We went on an open topped bus, it was fun.
Bowness was very busy, we saw the Lake and did a little bit of shopping then got the bus back to Ambleside. We got back to Ambleside just in time to play crazy golf before it shut for the day.
All the excitement of the day required a three course dinner! We went to Fellinis again and had another yummy meal.
We decided to walk to the National Trust property Wray Castle on Tuesday as the weather forecast promised us a nice day.
Wray Castle is at the edge of Lake Windermere and not too far from Ambleside, and there are off road footpaths most of the way making it a pleasant walk.
The Castle was interesting, it was built in Victorian times and had been a conference centre before the National Trust acquired it so it isn’t like most big houses, there are few period features, but it does mean you can explore!
We walked back to Ambleside and then did an extra loop via Rydal Hall before returning to our cottage.
We had an ice cream to keep us going!
Rydal Hall had some interesting yarn based sculptures and a pretty waterfall.
It was a very long day and we really needed our dinner! We went to Dodd’s again as we enjoyed it so much the first time. I had black pudding to start, then pizza, and then cheesecake!
On Monday it was wet all day so we stayed in Ambleside and did some shopping.
We started the day with breakfast at the Apple Pie Eating Place. I had coffee and a Mexican breakfast, it was really yummy!
After breakfast we went to the Armitt Museum. There is a very interesting Beatrix Potter exhibition, currently including a display of baskets that have been made to look like those that feature in her books.
On our way to the shops we popped into the tiny Bridge House. It really is a very small house.
We did quite a lot of shopping and then we had some apple pie before heading back to the cottage for the evening.
After our visit to the Motor Museum we went on the nearby Lakeside to Haverthwaite steam railway. It was awesome!!! We had a ride on the train and then waited at the station to see it go back again.
Steam trains are great! After all that excitement we went back to Ambleside and had fish and chips for tea.