A day in the Forest

A day in the Forest

We like to go out on Sundays, it’s the only day of the week that J always has off, and luckily for us this Sunday the weather was perfect for a trip to the lakes!


I’ve gone in Christmas planning mode, I love Christmas and all the traditions that surround it. In my family we’ve always had a Calendar light counting down for Christmas, so I really wanted to get out in the Forests to see what I could find for this years Christmas Decoration. Now J is the knower of all things Lake District and map reader extraordinare (except that one time when he got lost, but we don’t talk about that…ever!) so I mostly leave him in charge of planning, as long as there is a place to grab cake and a brew post walk I’m happy! J decided that we should go to Grizedale Forest.

Carron Crag
Little man and I at the top of Carron Crag!

Grizedale is great for families! Admittedly Elliot is still too young for playgrounds, ziplines and forrest exploration on his own two feet, but we will definitely be coming back when he is older! FYI It also has some good mountain biking tracks if you’re into a bit of muddy adrenaline fun.
For the non biking crowd there is 6 walking routes to choose from all varying in length and difficulty. We went for the Red route a 5km ‘strenuous’ walk to the top of Carron Crag, a lovely summit with a beautiful view to the snowy tops of the old man of Coniston.

Old man of Coniston
View to old man Of Coniston

Now this walk would have been absolutely impossible had we not had Elliot in the Baby Carrier, in there Elliot was safely snuggled up to J and able to take in all the sights.

I can’t praise baby wearing enough! It really has been a game changer for us. You see I don’t have a drivers license yet so whenever J is at work I rely on walking or public transports! Now any mum who has ever needed to take the bus with her baby or toddler will know just how little room there is, you can just about squeeze in two small buggies, and the fear of not getting on the bus often kept me from even trying – que the lightbulb moment that was babywearing! There is always space when baby is on you, I’m a big fan! Anyway this was completely off track, back to the Forrest we go.

Baby wearing
My two favourite people

It was a lovely walk, a nice balance between Forest and open views to the surrounding fells. We finished the day out with lunch at the Cafe at Grizedale, they have a good cake selection! But there is also an area close to the visitors centre for enjoying your own packed lunch, conveniently placed next to the playground!

Grizedale Forest
The magical Forest

As for my aim of getting bits to make Christmas decorations, I managed to get quite a good selection. It all ended out in this Decoration that’ll be counting down to Christmas Eve in our little home.

Christmas decoration
Calendar Candle countdown for Christmas

I love lighting candles during winter, it creates such a lovely atmosphere and all builds up to a real Hygge time, which I’m a sucker for. I can’t wait for December to start, I have so many baking projects in mind!

What do you like to do on your Sundays? And how are you prepping up for Christmas?

One Messy Mama
Two Tiny Hands

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22 thoughts on “A day in the Forest

  1. Sounds like a lovely Sunday! It must be so nice to have the lakes on your doorstep. The decorations are looking nice too 🙂 My husband goes cycling on Sunday mornings so me and the little lass like to go for a walk and sometimes for a cuppa / warm milk. In the afternoon we often try and go out for a cake as a family 🙂 #FamilyFun

    1. Aw that sounds like a lovely family tradition too! Cake is always a winner! J loves biking as well, sadly little man and I would not in any way be able to keep up his pace though! 😉 thanks for stopping by!

  2. Ah this is a lovely positive post. I didn’t baby wear but I wish I had especially as I had them so close together. You make it look so easy and I can certainly imagine it is a life saver on the bus! Can’t wait to see your baked goods! Thanks for sharing at #familyfun xx

    1. Thank you, it really has been a life saver for me! But there was a bit of a learning curve, with wrapping that is, buckles is simpler in that way. Thanks for stopping by! xx

  3. What a lovely family day out, it looks like a great way to spend the day as a family. It’s great to see you getting into the excitement of Christmas, I love the decoration you’ve made for your advent candle. Elliot looks like he enjoyed all the fresh air of the Forrest, his smile from the carrier shows how much he was enjoying the walk.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

    1. It was a wonderful day to be out, and our little guy definitely enjoyed it. I can’t wait for December to commence! Thank you for stopping by and thank you for featuring my photo on #countrykids

  4. It really does look like a lovely walk, I saw your photos on Instagram and they were stunning! Everyone has posted photos up the northern half of England and I am very jealous, the south hasn’t had any snow yet and doesn’t have that wintery appeal #CountryKids

  5. That looks like a wonderful day out! I must admit I LOVE the candle idea. Such a lovely way to countdown Christmas! I’m going to look on the internet and see if I can find one for our family! #globalblogging

  6. OOooooo that looks beautiful! I want to go there, maybe after Christmas (we have already spent waaaay too much money on our holiday to San Francisco to see my family : )). I also love baby wearing I feel like it is the best invention ever, you’re so right bringing a pram on the bus is such a hassle. Also I’m obsessed with candles I have them all over the house lol, we are very similar! Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

    1. Thank you! I once tried bringing my big Pram on the bus in to town… there wasn’t room for us on the bus back (and it only goes once an hour) I walked back. Safe to say I’ve been wearing Elliot in the sling ever since! 😀 San Francisco wow! I would love to visit the states one day, but it’s one of those holidays that require lots of planning and saving up, so probably not happening anytime soon. Candles are awesome! Thanks for stopping by xx

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