We went to the Lake District for boyfriend’s birthday, without much of a plan as to what we wanted to do. Given the beautiful surroundings we quite like the idea of a walk but, as I hadn’t been feeling great, we didn’t want it to be a long walk. The B and B that we were staying provided us with a selection of local walks (and maps) and we found one to Ambleside that was 3.5 miles each way.
It was pretty grey when we set off but the sun did eventually peek out in the afternoon. The scenery around us did not disappoint even in the bleak weather, although I couldn’t help thinking it must look lovely in the summer. The route was a fairly simple one that was well sign posted. We pretty much get lost on every walk we go on so this was quite handy! The walk was fairly easy going but it’s hill country and there were some ups, as well as downs. I had tired legs the next day!
We entered Ambleside near a big garden centre, and I felt the need to wander in and have a look at there Christmas display. Boyfriend bought some new walking trousers so it was non-stop excitement. We then walked into Ambleside centre which is a cute, quaint little village full of really annoying people standing in your way on the pavement as they look in the window of shops! We stopped off for lunch before heading back and were home before 3pm!
In the past year, since I moved house to live out in the sticks, I have been taken my runs surrounded by the beautiful countryside. So yes, obvs, I stopped my runs every time to take photographs of the country…and myself.
This exciting photo of sheep was taken on the top of a but hill which I can no longer be bothered to run up. In the midst of winter as we are, it’s pretty dark when I do my evening runs so you can’t see anything anyway. And my day time runs on the weekend are usually lashing with rain so it puts me off making the trek up the never ending hill. The lovely fields and farmland around you means it feels quite isolated, although there are super fast cars zooming past you constantly.
Below is my more common running route, which still involves a hill but less of a hill. I have, madly, signed up for a 10km run which means I need to get training. Right now thought I’d quite like another biscuit…
We went on a little trip to The Peak District, we went on a short walk in the very cold windy weather, and then went to a pub for lunch. I had brie! Here, are a few snaps of the day.
- Siam Park Tenerife –This is the awesome water park in Tenerife, spend all day walking around soaking wet in your swimming costume and you’ll never feel cold!
- Walk Through Kirkby Stephen- This was our little November outing for boyfriend’s birthday, so it wasn’t super warm and there wasn’t an abundance of beautiful foliage but it was his special day.
- Glasgow Eateries- Naked Soup and Topolabamba
We found a couple of fun places to eat in Glasgow when we went to visit sister in March, Topolabamba was particularly yummy I seem to recall.
- Rome Colloseum and Roman Forum- Probably the most impressive and recommendable was the Roman Forum and Colloseum in Rome.
- Walk from Settle to Stainforth- And one of our summer walks, just a shame that weeks of heavy rain made it a mud bath in parts.
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We took a very. very cold walk in Dalby Forest. We took the yellow route which was only a few miles, so it was about 1.5hrs. It was a little hilly, and at one point I might have tripped over a tree root…
This, it turned out, was the ‘Stick Man’ walk and there were various images of Stick Man who, if you didn’t know, is a stick that’s also a man but keeps getting mistaken for a stick with horrifying consequences (eaten by a dog, burnt on a fire etc). Continue reading
A walk in the country from Settle to Stainforth in Yorkshire on another bleak, grey, weekend.
The Settle train station is very cute, with an old fashioned signal box. While Settle isn’t huge we did enjoy a hot chocolate and cake at the ‘Ye Olde Naked Man Cafe’.
Ingleton is a little village in the Yorkshire Dales- that’s the countryside! It has an open air swimming pool which is pure madness, it must be usable about one day of the year.
But we headed to the Ingleton Waterfall Trail. The trail is about 4miles long, has 1000 steps, and 15 waterfalls (so they say). It took us about 2hrs to get around, and cost £6 each to get in.
We walked along the River Twiss and River Doe as well as getting a nice view of the hills. There were indeed a lot of steps, but the 15 waterfalls failed to emerged, turns out we have differing opinions on counting. There was a big waterfall with 5 platforms that I counted as one waterfall and the Ingleton Trail bigwigs counted as 5.
So we really saw about 5 or 6 waterfalls, but I did think 15 was just silly. Regardless it was a nice walk, that would perhaps have been nicer in the summer when it wasn’t quite so nippy out and at least one of us was quite tired by the end.
We also saw the money trees and money mushrooms where people have, somewhat inexplicably, decided to stick coins into trees. Not sure what the motivation is there but I think the consensus was that it’s better than Love Locks.
We stopped for lunch at the Ingleton Waterfall’s Trail Cafe where I got green tea and cauliflower cheese veggie sausages (yes sausages made from cauliflower cheese which was nicer but as weird as you imagine) and a truck load of chips.
In some ways the chips were the best part of the day but, honestly, that tells you more about me than about the walk.
There’s a song about Ilkley Moor, in the glorious Yorkshire dialect; On Ilkla Moor Baht’at. It means On Ilkley Moor Without A Hat. And it is a song about walking up Ilkley Moor without a hat.
Anyway, it was a while ago that I went for a walk up there with my mum to see the Cow and Calf rocks. There is a small rock and a large rock and they don’t look anything like cows. Still we had a nice little wander.
So it turns out there’s all this countryside near where I live…boyfriend and I went for a little walk around Hebden Bridge. We actually spent most of the time walking around trying to find the start of the walk! The confusing signs didn’t help!