Sundays are almost always family days in our home, and on family days we like to get out of the house and enjoy the fresh air. Last Sunday I suggested that we went up to the Lake District, as it had been far too long since our last Lake District outing! Last time was before Christmas, where we went Forest walking and foraging for Christmas Decorations.
Now this Sunday the weather wasn’t ideal, but when you live in the northern parts of England, sometimes you have to settle for a dry day! J had been looking at his many maps to decide on a nice walk. Unfortunately as it often happens with a little one in the house, things never go to plan, Elliot had a super long morning nap and we didn’t set off until 11am. So a longer walk was scrapped, instead we went for a walk up to Jenkins Crag, a short easy accessible walk.
Circular walk around Jenkins Crag
You start in Ambleside (there is a long stay car park entering Ambleside from Windermere, just past the Hayes garden centre) from there, you walk along the old lake road (behind the car park) then look out for the bridleway turning up Skelghyll Lane, this steep bit of tarmac eventually runs out and you start on a nice wide path up through the forest, then you keep following this and soon you’ll be able to pass through the wall to the viewpoint atop Jenkins Crag. Now I could paint a pretty picture of how idyllic it all was, but truth be told, I was a bit of whinger for the first quarter of our walk! J gets annoyed when I whinge and honestly so do I! It was just such a steep start to the walk and it was a terrible reminder of just how unfit I’ve become. But I’m tired of letting it drag me down and turn me into a whiny cow! I’ve decided to actually be happy instead, after all I could have been home lazy on the sofa, instead we were out walking. Hopefully the huffing and puffing will start becoming less again. Anyway let’s get back on track! We made it up to Jenkins Crag and it was a beautiful, albeit foggy, view out over lake Windermere.
After a short break, we continued on the path to make a nice circular walk. Now when you get past High Skelghyll farm, you have a choice of either turning right to head down to Lake Windermere (you rejoin the road close to the water sports centre) or, if you are after a long walk, continue straight ahead to do a circular walk around Wansfell.
We decided to turn right down to lake Windermere, there wasn’t really time for a longer route, hopefully next time! When Rejoining the road we turned right to head back to Ambleside, we took the scenic route walking along the small area of national trust land on the left leading back to Waterhead.
There is a nice little Geocache to be found along the way back to Ambleside, so whilst Elliot was napping on my back, J and I went searching high and low for the little treasures.
Geocaching is an excellent way to explore your surroundings and I can’t wait for Elliot to be old enough to join in the hunt.
As Elliot woke from his nap, we swapped so that J could walk with the little guy and as we made the final stretch back to town, I got some lovely snaps of my two favourite people. To finish it all off we had lunch at our favourite cafe “The Apple Pie”, take one guess at what their specialty is 😉
All in all it was a lovely day out, being able to take Elliot up in the hills and fells of the lake is absolutely wonderful and wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the wrap! (I love babywearing in case you were wondering) next time though we will have to think of a way to let Elliot burn off a little steam too, as the car ride back was 1 hour of constant nursery rhyme singing to try and keep the little guy from screaming the car down, by the time we got home I nearly had no voice left!
Any good advise on how to let a “not yet walking” baby loose in the hills?