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!
It was getting later in the day and we were both tired from walking. With around an hour before our train we looked for somewhere to stop for some tea and cake. Blakes popped up on google maps as being ‘cosy’. Which is how they describe themselves on their website, ‘everyone is made to feel welcome in this cosy hipster coffee shop.’
It was actually a little larger than I anticipated a ‘cosy’ cafe would be, and pretty empty (it was about 4:30pm on Friday). I also didn’t feel overwhelmed by hipster-ism. They don’t even seem to have avocado on their menu (maybe that’s too mainstream now?), but they do have soup and ‘artisan’ bread.
Anyway, we weren’t really eating properly and I just got a mint tea and chocolate muffin. The muffin was good (it had some kind of chocolate goo inside it), and the tea hit the spot. Although they boast a large selection of locally sourced loose leaf tea on the menu it merely says ‘herbal tea’. So you have to ask what they have in stock. As well as being a bit annoying, it means your choice of drink is partial determined by whether the member of staff can remember all the flavours of tea they stock.
It’s part of a larger pet peeve of mine; when places don’t have soft drinks on their menu. Lucky for Blakes they do put their other soft drinks on the menu, and I wasn’t the one ordering so they didn’t have to feel my wrath.*
Apart from that we found Blakes to be very pleasant! I was recommend if you’re passing along Grey Street. Although it did seem that there were quite a few interesting looking places along that road. Newcastle is spoilt for choice.
*My wrath sounds a lot like someone politely asking ‘what types of tea do you have?’
We took an enjoyable day trip to Hebden Bridge on the May Bank holiday weekend, and finally getting around to writing about it.
We started with lunch, or course, at Green’s vegetarian cafe. Boyfriend got a mezze, and I got a tofu sandwich which was pretty yummy. The cafe is very cute, and it’s our go-to place in Hebden (erm…we’ve been there twice).
After a stroll through town, we decided to go off the beaten path and walk along the canal (along with everyone else…). I was pretty gosh darn tired after doing a long run in the morning, and it was hot, so I was flagging a bit. So we headed back, and walked through Calder Holmes Park to the train station and enjoyed all the cherry blossom (my favourite thing ever).