We are just back from spending a lovely few days in the Lake District. The weather was pretty wet but we still got out a lot considering we have a six month old baby in tow (seriously between weaning and milk feeds I feel like I do very little else at the moment).We love the Lake District and Ambleside in particular and have visited most autumns for the past 5 years or so (we missed last autumn since I was pregnant and feeling pretty sick and tired most of the time). My husband even proposed whilst we were in the lakes several years ago. The area is stunning all year round but I love it there in the autumn. It’s less busy than I imagine it would be in the summer and I love all the colours of the leaves. My parents rented an apartment in Ambleside for the week and we joined them from Sunday to Wednesday. My sister and her boyfriend were also there until Monday so we had plenty of time with my family. It was lovely for them all to spend so much time with our baby as I know that they do not see as much of her as they would like (they’re all in Yorkshire and we are an hour and a half away in Cheshire). We wrapped up warm and tried to stay dry in waterproofs and made the best of the weather. We wandered around the shops in Ambleside, took strolls down to Waterside and Ambleside pier and explored further a field too such as Windermere, Coniston and Hawkshead. We even found a very nice buggy friendly walk which I will share more details with you in another post. When the rain and wind got too much we spent some time indoors too. There was a garden center right across the road from where we were staying and they had a massive Christmas display up. It still feels too early for christmas things to me but I knew my little girl would love the lights. As predicted she was mesmerised by all the twinkling lights. We also had free access to The Langdale spa as part of our accommodation so we took our little one swimming one morning and I even sneaked in some time in the jacuzzi whilst my mum dried and dressed her after swim. We also made the most of having my parents to babysit and went out for a meal on our own for the first time in 6 months. We had a delicious meal at Lucy’s on a plate, a lovely restaurant in the heart of Ambleside, serving delicious food. I enjoyed a lamb tagine before struggling to choose from one of the 26 desserts on offer! We enjoyed another fantastic meal at Chesters by the river one lunch time. You really need to arrive early to get a table as it got very busy and consequently there was a bit of a wait for food too. It really was worth the wait though and actually waiting worked for us as I was able to feed my baby before our food arrived. Both Lucy’s and Chesters serve great quality food, using the fantastic produce available in the lake district and change their menus frequently. I hope we get to go back to both of these places next time we are in the lakes.
Days out & holidays | My family | The great outdoorsNovember 2, 2013 Claire