Today is officially Autumn. The temperature dropped dramatically yesterday and I’m sat under a blanket as I type. A mere two days ago though we were on a last-minute Summer holiday. The British weather never seems to let me down. August is notoriously rubbish but September I always say is warm and sunny and thankfully it was just that this weekend.
We set off into the heart of the Lake District on Sunday afternoon to visit High Close YHA. We had a family room booked for two nights. If you ring or email in advance they put a travel cot in your room too so we didn’t have to pack ours. When we arrived we had time to go for a little walk out and took a stroll down the valley to check out the view over Grasmere:
This meant sitting on a bench for a while taking in the view while I took photos of the Robot playing with the gravel. It’s great to let him explore nature this way. We even got a sneaky feed in while we watched the world go by. On route back to the hostel we managed to bag ourselves a simple geocache.
YHA High Close is one of our favourite Youth Hostels in the Lakes, its spacious and the members kitchen is well stocked with plenty of space to cook in. The really long corridors are great for a baby walker and I really wished I’d taken a video of the Robot squealing with delight running down the corridor! All the walking and crawling round the hostel made our little man exhausted as he slept all night meaning I caught up on some much needed sleep.
Day 2 and we packed up our rucksack and made a packed lunch and headed out the building and into the hills. We picked quite an easy route that took us up a gradual incline along the tops. With Grasmere on our right and Elterwater on our left the views were pretty amazing. Even spotting Windermere from our highest points. A beautiful day.
Our destination was Stickle Tarn. We had lunch by the dam and let the Robot explore and with a little assistance climb the walls of the dam. We even managed to entice some ducks to our cause too!
Our descent was a little harder as it was straight down to Dungeon Ghyll clambering down rocks. It’s a well walked path just steep when you have a baby on your back. We were glad to be back down in the valley bottom. Where we had a 4 mile walk back to the Youth Hostel. Thankfully we passed a shop and pub on the way home! Ice cream and beer all round!
We were to put it mildly shattered when we got back, a 12 mile hike outdoors does that. So a quick tea and another early night was in order. Day 3 and we decided to take it easy. We went to visit Wray Castle, built in the 1800’s a fairly modern building built to impress. It truly is stunning. The National Trust have opened it up the public in the last few years and have been doing a lot of work to it. As an empty building some of the rooms have been made with children in mind. A soft play room and Peter Rabbit Experience top the agenda. The Robot loved the play kitchen, we had to pry him away with tears!
It really was a short Summer holiday but often when you go away it feels like weeks. This was true this time. A well deserved break. Now we welcome Autumn with open arms. Did you get any last minute Summer breaks? Do share them with me.
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