This September I went to the Lake District for the first time. I was initially there to do research at South Lakes Wild Animal Park, but it ended up being a family holiday, much like our Easter ones, packed with lots of sight seeing and dog walking.
We stopped off to visit family in Chester on the way, and before reaching our cottage, we visited Lake Windermere, a very large and windy lake in beautiful surroundings. Polo, my black lab, enjoyed a good swim and I managed to find some very interesting mushrooms (not for eating though, I’m not that skilled yet!).
We stayed in a lovely little farmhouse in Broughton-in-Furness, down the longest, narrowest, windiest road we have ever travelled, scattered with snoozing sheep so we had to lean out the car windows and clap our hands in their faces to move them along. But the views around us were spectacular, rolling hills and lush green grass. It did rain a tad, but the temperature wasn’t too cold, so it was still a lovely trip.
We visited many of the local villages for dinner at the quaint but cosy pubs each night. One particular favourite was the High Cross Inn, for its lovely local lamb dishes. During the days I wasn’t collecting data at South Lakes Animal Park, we would visit the beaches, especially Roanhead near Dalton-in-Furness, and woodland parks, as my dos Polo’s two favourite things in the world are sticks and the sea.
It ended up being really lovely weather and an enjoyable time overall, especially as I was able to meet up with some friends from Penrith and Ambleside. The area was so lovely, I definitely will be returning to explore more as 5 days was simply not enough!