Nearing the end of the summer, my sister Heather came to stay for the week, which included a short stay at YHA Ambleside.
As it was only one night, we decided to make the most of our two days in the lakes and headed to Glenridding. Having set off at 6am, it was freezing and a little miserable – as to be expected in the lakes! In an effort to warm us up, we chose to climb Glenridding Dodd, which had dominated the view since we arrived.
The terrain itself would be difficult even with the proper walking gear. Heather’s Doc Martin’s were not quite up to scratch…
We managed to find a beautiful spot about a third of the way up for our picnic, but we felt it was unsafe to continue – especially after meeting a group of prepared walkers in sturdy boots using walking poles. A wise decision as, just before reaching the main path from the village, Heather slipped and fell badly on her side, making the return journey a little painful.
We stopped for a delicious orange chocolate brownie at the Helvellyn Country café in the village, which certainly helped with the pain (!) and meant that we were able to keep on exploring.
I told Heather about my trip to Aira Force so we thought we’d try and walk around Ullswater to the falls – this proved a little ambitious but we almost made it!
You can walk pretty much the whole way along the lakeside and there are fantastic views all around. We stopped first at a bench to find a wedding taking place at Glenridding’s The Inn on the Lake. It was so perfect and romantic, which really brightened the day.
We wandered through the trees, hopping onto the shore at points and climbing the occasional rock form. It felt like a real mystery tour and everywhere we looked was beautiful. We spent a long time skimming stones across the glass-like lake and were taken back to childhood holidays. Perfect.
Eventually, we realised we wouldn’t quite make it to Aira Force, so jumped on a bus and made our way to Ambleside, where we watched the sunset over Windermere.