Onwards and northwards! The drive to Keswick was beautiful. I’m not exactly a county bumpkin but the rural scenery really was spectacular. We drove through Settle, a tiny village where Marcus holiday’d as a child, sadly for him he didn’t recognise any of the landmarks.
For lunch we stopped in Kendal, home of the mint cake which always reminds me of my sister and midnight feasts!!
Our Keswick cottage was perfect (although I had a minor panic that there was no wifi-there was, and that it was only a one bed, fortunately the sleep thief’s cot fits in the bathroom), homely and clean with everything we needed for our stay.
We went for a meander into town and admired all of the Christmas lights. It very much reminded me of New Zealand.
After a restful nights sleep (with only one waking, HURRAH!!) we headed to the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery. We all enjoyed playing on the musical stones and learning all about Wainwright.
In the afternoon we thought it’d be wise to go for our first Lake District walk in the pouring rain. It didn’t put Molly off as she purposely creeked her neck in her carrier to let the rain hit her full force in the face. The views were incredible and I wasn’t prepared for it to be quite so beautiful. The low clouds, fog on the lake and autumnal leaves were picture perfect.
On Molly’s fifteen month ‘birthday’ we went to the Beatrix Potter attraction in Bowness. Super cute and she loved running around and sneaking touches of the displays when she thought no one was looking!
We took the car ferry across Lake Windermere to visit Hilltop house (Beatrix’s house) in Sawrey. Unfortunately as its now ‘off season’ the residence and shop is closed but we enjoyed hunting out Peter Rabbit in her garden.
Next stop was Hardknott Pass, one of two steepest roads in Britain, with a gradient of 33%. Fortunately Molly was asleep so Marcus was able to concentrate on the twists and turns!!
Our final destination of the day was Castlehead stone circle, a lovely reminder of our day at Stonehenge a month before!
We had planned to walk the Catbells mountain but after a quick reality check we opted to take the Keswick Launch, a boat around Derwentwater and walk back from Ashness Gate. This lovely walk took us along the lakefront and footpaths across fields, streams and road!
We rewarded ourselves with a tasty lunch back in town at the Dog and Gun – dad you’d love this pub – more dogs than people!!
I can’t believe how much Molly is changing. She can now put her toy hoops back on the pole independently, build and destroy numerous duplo models and has added a horse and train sound to her repertoire. I wonder what else she will be doing next time we come back and discover more of the Lakes?!