As we’re shortly moving to the Lake District, I thought I might share the places we visit and build up a little Lake District Guide.
Once we’ve moved there, we plan on discovering every inch of the Lake District. It’s long been a favourite destination of ours and we’re hoping to come across some lesser known gems and what better way to document our adventures than on this blog?
So this past weekend, we went to one of my favourite places just outside of Windermere.
It’s situated at the very southern tip of lake Windermere and overlooks the lake and mountains with really stunning views. But the best thing about this place is the space. It has huge sweeping lawns with really old, old trees – the kind that are brilliant for climbing and the kind you just want to wrap your arms around.
There are dedicated areas for barbecues and picnics and a great adventure playground that the little lady adored. Row boats are available to hire (from April to October) and there is a little cafe and very small hut with some activities in, but we didn’t get round to visiting that. I even spotted a ‘den making’ area!
We went last weekend, which was rainy and dull. But the thing is with the Lake District, as I’m becoming to realise, is that if you wait for nice weather to do anything, you’ll be waiting forever. So armed with our waterproof trousers and jackets, off we went. As it turned out, the weather cheered up considerably by the time we got there so we didn’t get nearly as wet as I thought we would.
Fell Foot is really easy to get to, there’s a car park and some free parking along the side of the road leading up to the place. The first thing we decided to do was visit the playground. Our little lady who is going through the terrible twos at the moment, was eager to stretch her legs after being cooped up in the car. There’s all the usual stuff at the park; swings, slide, climbing frame, but it also had one of those zip wire things and even I had to have a go of that!
Then we took a walk along the lake which was beautiful, I kept stopping to look at the trees, they looked so old and knotted! And some of them were too good to pass by, the boy was itching to climb some, so after a while we all got involved. I am no tree climber, but this one was so easy even me and the little lady managed it!
When we visited it was the canoe summer solstice race, so there was a bit of a display on of all types of different canoes, dingies and paddle boards. Next time we visit we are definitely taking the wet suits because the lake is so accessible the boy could’ve gone on the lake with the husband whilst me and the little lady watched from the shore. As it was, we didn’t have the right gear so, much to the boy’s disappointment, we had to leave it for another time.
Fell Foot was just the right mix of adventure and calm. And considering that we went on a Saturday, in the middle of June, it wasn’t too busy at all. If you’re thinking of taking a trip, I hope our pictures and description of the place helps you decide how you want to spend your time there.