I woke up on Sunday, if I’m being honest, with a slightly sore head. Too many glasses of wine in the Jacuzzi I guess…
After some breakfast, a hot shower and a coffee, I stopped moping around and we hopped into the car and headed off towards Keswick. My brother-in-law had given us some good information about what to do so, following his instructions, we followed the Honister Pass up – and down – and up again…
Okay, this road is SO beautiful and, provided you’re not a wary driver (luckily my husband isn’t – I’d have been crying), it’s a wonderful drive. But it’s not for the faint hearted and it’s CERTAINLY not for the hungover. We had to stop so I could get a drink and a sausage roll to settle my stomach. Which did mean we had a chance to look around a little slate mine, which was cute.
After more stomach-rollicking fun, we stopped at Buttermere Lake, our destination for our walk. Although not as sunny as the day before, I was again just overwhelmed by how beautiful it was.
We walked the entire circumference of the lake, which took about two and half hours. It was so much fun because the terrain changes constantly so there’s no chance to get bored. After the day before, it was quite good to be on the flat, although we both got soaking wet shoes – especially when walking through this very boggy cave!
It was such a nice walk though and I really recommend it. We went to Keswick afterwards, which might be a lovely place generally, but on an overcast Sunday afternoon when everything was shut felt a little depressing. We headed back to Pooley Bridge and recouped in our favourite new pub for recovery wine!
The next day, our final in the Lake District, dawned bright and sunny again, and we really couldn’t bring ourselves to just leave and complete the five hour drive back to London without one more tramp about in the countryside. As we didn’t want to go too far off course, we headed to nearby Aira Force waterfall – a part of Ullswater Lake owned by the National Trust.
We really weren’t sure what to expect as we tramped down the hill, but honestly, this might be the most beautiful place I’d seen yet!
The waterfall was so dramatic it created constant rainbows everywhere you looked.
There’s a bridge so you can walk over the top and look down, and then another walk to and from the National Trust centre, which has a little café and a gift shop and so on. It’s a gorgeous walk in the sunshine.
And then sadly, that was it. After loading up on shortbread in the shop we were forced to pack up our hire car and start the long journey back to London. But I have absolutely fallen in love with the Lake District and I can guarantee we will be back!