Most years we venture off to the Lake District, book a house for the week and enjoy ourselves. This year however was a hectic year of wedding photography and at no point in the school holidays did I have a week free so I planned 3 separate camping trips to the Lakes instead. Our first trip this year was to our usual camp site on Ullswater; PARK FOOT HOLIDAY PARK. If you’re looking for a camping site that is great, look no further – We have stayed there 4 years running and there is always new features and improvements each time we stay. We will even be heading back at the end of July for trip 2 and in august for trip 3 this year before venturing to Scotland next year, possibly Loch Lomond and we also fancy Wales too.
As we arrived the weather was dubious and spotting with rain, to be fair we put the tent up in good time and got all the essentials in ready to be sorted. The car that pulled up an hour later wasn’t so lucky, it bucketed down with rain, they were like drowned rats. That first night was a little stormy, good job for storm pegs, however, after talking with fellow campers the next morning, that was nothing, on the 2 days before we got there they were battered and one of the tents got ripped and a gazebo was destroyed. All hail Mother Nature. Luckily it wasn’t as bad when we got there. The next few days of the trip I’m glad to report when smooth with lovely sunshine and pretty still air.
On the first morning of our 3 night stay we ventured to Hallin Fell, as we want to try and complete all the wainwright’s. We strapped on the bags etc and headed up. It is one of the easier Wainwrights with great views up and down Ullswater. Bee and Elodie turned back half way up due to spots of rain and the grass was already wet so worried about the descent with Elodie. Elodie was still glad to have climbed a ‘mountain’. Myself and Tobias pushed on and got very near to the summit when the dreaded words came “My legs are tired” ok son let’s head back if you’r sure. “Yes please daddy” haha – So no Wainwright ticked off this time. He did get about 200m from the summit though so still proud of his effort. He did very well. We headed back down and drove into Keswick and parked at the Theatre by the Lake which is next to the park we usually visit for lovely views of Cat Bells. We then moved onto the park, of course, if you have kids, you have to goto the park, its the law. Some walking, chips and ice cream later we were back in the car and heading back to camp.
That night we watched Greys Anatomy as we do at home but on the iPad on top of a box and some Zero alcohol as I’m staying of the naughty stuff for a while as im dropping weight. Around 10pm the sky burnt orange and we sat and watched the sunset and captured a couple of photos. You have to love it when you’re away and the weather plays ball and gives you lovely sunsets.
The following day we headed back to Keswick again, to be fair we might look at camping at Keswick, it would make more sense haha. the rain was spotting and the sky was looking a tad stormy as you can see from the cover photo at the top. We headed to Latrig which is always a favourite. Myself and Bee have walked it from the bottom so I guess we can knock that one of our Wainwright list but we drove this time for the kids sake haha. Reaching the summit point the weather was looking at us and saying “I don’t think so” – We grabbed a photo and agreed and headed back to the car haha.
Before heading back to camp the weather then straightened itself up and so we stopped at Castlerigg Stone Circle for the kids to run around and stretch their legs. Toby loves to run around it and see how fast he is. 36 Seconds if your wondering. A sausage roll, pork pie and some juice later, they were fuelled and back in the car ready for the journey to camp. Though 8 minutes from camp, I was too busy entertaining the kids with songs from Apple Music I took the wrong turn, ended up on the M6 and no turn point for 10 miles. Whats that all about. Stick a turning point in somewhere for heaven’s sake. haha. We spent the 20 minute detour listening to daft songs like Power Rangers, Mutant Ninja Turtles, Halloween songs, Disney and some other cheesy rubbish haha. We got back to the site in good spirits and enjoyed a walk down to the lake on the evening for the obligatory pooh stick under the bridge and stone throwing.
We were treated to another awesome Sunset whilst looking out of the tent watching Greys Anatomy (again) – What a way to finish the day. Next morning shoved everything back in the car to the point of explosion, as you do. One last trip to the park and away we went. Home Time. Enjoy looking through the photos.