We spent a wonderful week up in The Lakes last week but I have to admit that after a day or two back to school, it already feels a million years ago. We stayed in a gorgeous log cabin at White Cross Bay in Windermere and I honestly can’t recommend it enough. You might remember that I was invited to stay there as a guest with Park Resorts last year to review on my blog? Well, this is actually our third holiday there in the last twelve months which I think says it all really! (Hey, when I waffle on about only ever recommending something or somewhere on my blog that I hand on heart truly love – I mean it!)
The cabin itself was lovely but it is the location that is the real winner. The site is on the shores of Lake Windermere and you’re surrounded by woodland it is absolutely idyllic. But being right in the middle of Bowness and Ambleside, it’s also a great location to get out and about there is so much to see and do around there. For whatever reason, our school holidays seem out of sync with everyone else this Easter too so we saved a fortune when we came to book the holiday (which is always a bonus) but it was lovely and quiet around and about too. No hassle getting parked anywhere, parks often all to ourselves, no queueing for ice creams – it was blissful!
We’ve been holidaying up in the Lake District since we first met over twenty years ago so to say that we have a bit of a soft spot for this part of the country would be an understatement. We know it like the back of our hand and it’s so nice to go back and see our favourite places but actually, we never fail to find somewhere new to visit too. Now that the children are all that bit bigger and able to walk further, we’re finding whole new adventures up there. We love it!
We wanted to go away early this year to make sure that we did get away at least once. With our eldest coming to the end of sixth form now, we have months of exams ahead and after that.. well who knows! I must admit that every time I take a photo of the six of us, I can’t help but wonder if it will be the last. Saying that, I honestly can’t imagine us all not going on holiday together every year. We’re yet to face the horrors of either of the teens going away with friends on some godawful binge drinking package holiday in the sun but something tells me that even when they do, they’ll still squeeze a trip to The Lakes in with us too.
It wasn’t until I looked back through my photos that I realised just how much we packed into that week. Off the top of my head: Sizergh Castle, Fell Foot Park, Hawkshead, Grizedale, Lake Coniston, Hill Top, Allan Bank, Lake Grasmere, Rydal Water, Claife Heights, Wray Castle, Lake Windermere, Ambleside… We must have walked for miles every day which I know isn’t everybody’s idea of a relaxing holiday but it is ours. Days that start with bacon and eggs and end with muddy wellies are by far our happiest. It’s just what we do. It’s how we work best as a family. And we honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.
My legs might be tired but boy oh boy is my heart is full after that week away.
Just the six of us.
In our own little bubble.