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The Lake District – Walking around Jenkins Crag

The Lake District – Walking around Jenkins Crag

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.

Lake District
Lake Windermere

Hunting Geocaches

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.

Lake District
Nap on the go!

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.

Lake District Windemere
Hunting for Geocaches!

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 😉

Lake District Babywearing daddy
Handsome Baby wearing daddy!

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!

Lake District Lake Windermere

Any good advise on how to let a “not yet walking” baby loose in the hills?

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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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