I surprised Dave for Christmas with a dreamy 3 days in the Lake District booked for April. I knew he wanted to climb Haystacks as it is where his Nan’s ashes are scattered and I knew he would love it. It was also the first time I had ever been to the lakes and I would go back to Windermere over and over again. It is so picturesque and chilled out and I can see why it is such a tourist hotspot.
We stayed in the cutest B&B called Holly Lodge Guest House and it was in a great location being only a 15 minute walk to the lake and right on top of several bars, shops and places to eat.
How adorable is this B&B?!
So on day 1 we took a little walk down to the lake itself and hired a boat for an hour. This was a fantastic way to take in all the sights and explore the lake.
On day 2 the weather was not good enough to climb the mountain so we went on a 4×4 off road experience. This was literally one of the best experiences I have done so far. We had the jeep for the day to ourselves and we were given rally notes to follow with a route pre-planned. We had some on road driving and lots of off road driving. We got to have lunch at a beautiful little pub overlooking the incredible scenery from up in the hills and had some pretty cool animal encounters along the route.
On day 3 we climbed Haystacks. One of Wainright’s favourite climbs. He loved it so much that his ashes are scattered in a tarn at the top. WOW. What a climb and with such rewarding views at the top. I can see why so many people love it. At 597 metres high it took us around 4.5 hours to complete including 30 minutes chilling at the summit taking in the breathtaking sights. I much preferred this over Snowdon (you can view my post on Snowdon here). It’s a pretty steep walk up a zig zag path to start and then the scrabbling starts… As you near the summit it becomes more of a climb than a walk and the very top is quite challenging but as you can see from the pictures below… It is soooooo worth it.
I highly recommend visiting Hooked seafood restaurant if you are ever in Windermere. It was so unassuming and chilled but the food was incredible. You must make sure you book in advance though. We were lucky to get a cancellation as they were fully booked the whole time we were there. The wine list is also fantastic and the owner was charming.
I would love to hear about your Lake District experiences. Please let me know your fave hotels, places to eat and favourite climbs so I can plan my next visit.