A Last Minute Summer Holiday

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:

View over Grasmere Lake

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.

Robot sat on a path playing with stones

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.

YHA High Close youth hostel building

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.

Dave standing with the Robot on his back with blue sky and rolling hills

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!

Stickle Tarn - the robot stood at the dam looking over the wall

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!

Dave waling down the steep hills

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!

Visit to Wray Castle

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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  1. Wow, what stunning views and what great weather you had! I love the Lake District – we had a wonderful break there a few years ago, pre-baby, so many fab memories. My son would have had to be torn away from that play kitchen too – they obviously know what kids like! Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove
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  2. What a perfect looking short break and that YHA looks amazing. I’ve not stayed in one since my early teens travelling by bike round the country but it sounds like they have moved on quite a lot in the last 30 plus years! I’m super impressed with the distance covered with Robot in tow too. It will be great practice for the Cornish hiils and moor at Christmas, now I just have to deliver on the weather for you!

    Thank you for sharing a lovely weekend away on #CountryKids
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  3. Such a spectacular landscape. We were up there last summer and had such a good break. I’ve never stayed at a YHA, but have always liked the idea. It looks like it was a perfect set up for you. Smiling at the idea of Robot enjoying the corridors. I can just imagine. #CountryKids
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  4. Like you I felt that change in the weather. But its so nice that the mornings can still be warm and we can still go out on night walks with just a thin second layer.

    Lake District is my dream place to visit. I would always browse on a Lake District Magazine dreaming one day that I can see this pretty place! And your trip looks amazing. I am so jealous! #countrykids

    1. isntitpretty

      Thanks Merlinda, it’s a beautiful part of the country and agree that I’m lucky to have it so close. The chill has hit the last couple of days so I guess it’s thick jumper time soon

  5. I love that you change your badge seasonally. We have no more holidays booked as my husband is almost out of days off as I like him home for a stretch at Christmas . What is it like in a hostel with little ones? Do you have to share your room? And what carrier is that you are using please – not for me but I know people are interested and pictures are the best way to share. #countrykids
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    1. isntitpretty

      Eeek that’s a loong stretch till Christmas now! The YHA is family friendly now and you can normally book private family rooms with bunk beds. Think you can book single beds with kids in dorms over a certain age. Most have travel cots available… They do meals and packed lunches if you want but have self catering kitchens. It’s definitely geared up for families now.

      The carrier is a bush baby one can’t remember the actual model though sorry.

  6. Aly

    What a beautiful place! It’s still quite warm here in the south west, so I’m thankully no heating will be going on until November.Little Robot in the best place I think, snuggled in his carrier looking out over the scenery.

  7. I love, love, love the Lake District and your photos have made me want to book an Autumn break there! Your photos are fantastic. We stayed at a YHA earlier this year and it was fantastic – great for kids. I loved Wray Castle too – there are so many places to visit in the Lakes.

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