Lake District in Spring

We’ve been married a year! And what a wonderful year it’s been.

We decided to celebrate with a mini break to the Lake District. One of my favourite books as a kid was Swallows and Amazons and both M and I love being near water.

We stayed in the very nice (if a little creepy) Shapwells Hotel near Shap. The Shap road had been closed that week due to snow so I was a little nervous before we went! Luckily thought the weather was perfect. Blue skies, warm and very springlike!

On Saturday we had a big breakfast, explored the stream by the hotel and drove into Kendal.  We stumbled across this lovely little woolshop, Izknit, and chatted to the lady about the yarns. I bought some Blue Faced Leicester yarn in spring colours and might make a spring snood. We also found this lovely chocolate shop and cafe, the hot chocolate menu was amazing and M was in heaven. We both had the Turkish delight flavour.

We then followed Lake Windemere up to Ambleside for some lunch and prosecco. The weather was so gorgeous we were both in tshirts!

We found the best bakery with the biggest hot cross buns I have ever seen! We decided to get a few for the way home. Going via Troutbeck, which has the most beautiful church and daffodil filled graveyard, we stopped and ate our buns. There was also the obligatory stop to skim stones at Ullswater.

In the evening we had a table booked at the famous Lucy’s on a Plate. They do a personalised menu everyday and include you on it! The food was wonderful but I was banned from taking pictures by M!

On Sunday we knew we were faced with the 5 hour journey home so contented ourselves with a Castle visit after breakfast. Lowther Castle was absolutely stunning, helped by the great weather. The surrounding gardens and woodland were also breathtaking (quite literally when M made me run up a hill) and the children’s play park ‘the lost castle’, a massive wooden replica of the original, made M quite jealous. I also saw a mole run across the path!

It was such a lovely break, spent with my favourite, celebrating our first anniversary.

What did you do this first weekend of Spring?

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