Again it was hard to pack up and leave to continue the road trip. We’d been staying with relatives of Shelley in a small village beside the Peak District National Park, whose warm hospitality, puddings, and cosy evenings made it hard to want to leave. After sad hugs and goodbyes, we were off ready with maps and a compass for the Lake District.
We had chosen a secluded spot for our first night of camping in Wasdale Valley based on some great advice from the above rellys. It was remote and beautiful. We loved it.
Shelley getting excited
Our view entering the valley. Our campsite was right down the far end of the lake
Photo credit Shelley Hasseldine. It was my turn to drive that day. Apparently I make the peace sign when driving!
Once we’d established our campsite, it was time for a hike!
We hiked past the smallest church in England
It was quite steep hard work. We had to have regular breaks so Shelley could laugh
Some rock art and sun beams
The view at the top of the trail was AMAZING and the sense of satisfaction HIGH
Then it was back down to the campsite and off to the pub (only 50 metres from our tent) for a delicious dinner.
It was super hard packing up and leaving the next morning again. We both loved Wasdale Valley with its’ deepest lake, highest mountain and smallest church in England. But there were more lakes and sights to see. We took some more photos on the way out.
Our faithful steed
We had a fun drive going over Hardknot Pass after that. The road gradient is rated at 30% steepness with a rather narrow road. Good thing we had some swiss chocolate with us to ease the stress.
Eventually we arrived at our chosen campsite after visiting Beatrix Potter’s house and the Drunken Duck Inn for a pint. What a great name for a pub. I may have been a little tiddly during the tent set up. Located by Lake Windermere and Wray Castle, our campsite was literally in the woods.
The next day we hired bicycles and went to check out Lake Coniston. It was a magical day.
Photo credit Shelley Hasseldine
Photo credit Shelley Hasseldine, we went for a ride on this old steam boat around the lake
Photo credit Shelley Hasseldine, Captain Sacha
We had to return the bikes as we’d only hired them for half a day. We figured we weren’t fit enough to handle a full day hire. But I’d forgotten how much fun cycling is and didn’t want to give my bike back to the campground! It was still early in the afternoon so we made our way to Wray Castle.
Stopping by a jetty on the way to the castle, what should we see but a pair of lovely swans
I looove swans
Another stop at a viewpoint. Shelley looks far too relaxed
Photo credit Shelley Hasseldine, A view over Lake Windermere
Finally made it to the castle!
We’d worked up an appetite by then. And I didn’t know it at the time, but this was my last English cream tea
A game of castle croquet made this day even better
We had woodfired pizzas at the campsite that night and drank red wine to celebrate our last night of camping in the Lake District.
Where we stayed (first night): A field next to Wasdale Head Inn
Price: £5 per person per night
Overall: Basic but the inn had a toliet and shower for camp use. Beautiful setting and super close to the all important pub. And no doubt much cheaper than the National Trust campsite further down the road.
Where we stayed (second and third night): Low Wray Campsite, Ambleside
Price: £18.50 per night for a small tent and 2 adult, and £5 booking fee
Overall: Run by the National Trust, this was a great campsite right on the lakeside. There were different types of pitches. We chose the coolest (woodlands), and there was a castle within walking distance. And pizza! What more could you ever want?