AD – we were gifted our cottage stay by Sally’s Cottages. All thoughts and opinions remain our own.
You can’t beat a weekend escaping to The Lakes and our trip to Buttermere and Lamplugh was the exact break we needed. Despite the random mixed weather (one minute drizzly and grey and then blazing sun and blue skies) we made the most of our time by getting out and exploring our surroundings; rain or not.
We stayed in a cottage in Lamplugh which is located on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Its location makes it the starting point for a number of popular walks and we certainly found plenty to keep us going right on our doorstep. Our cottage was on what would be considered a ‘main’ country road so we did have to walk a short distance before we were officially off-road but we didn’t have any difficulty finding places to go. Lamplugh is generally considered the quieter part of the Lakes so do keep this in mind if you plan a trip there.
In typical McGlynn style we were only semi-successful with some of the walks we attempted. We ran into an angry horse standing right by a gate we needed to pass through at one point, and as the horse seemed to become more agitated by the presence of the dog we hightailed it back the way we had come and called it a day.
Saturday was pretty rubbish weather wise so although we headed out a couple of times we were very much playing ‘dodge the rain’. Once we had abandoned our third walk attempt we were more than content to head back to the cottage and cosy up. I liked that we were able to blend a mixture of being active and walking outdoors with being holed up inside the cottage; with beautiful views just a few steps away.
We kept things low key on Sunday morning with a plan to drive out to Buttermere Valley for early afternoon. Buttermere is maintained by The National Trust and is a circular walk which encompasses three lakes, fell an farmland along with woodland and waterfalls. It is a very popular location for walkers and parking can be a bit of a nightmare. We turned up late morning and managed to snag a place in the NT car park but it was sheer luck; you’ll find many cars just parked on the road as you drive in.
Our walk around Buttermere was probably the best one we did during our trip;c pre-marked and clearly laid out trails are obviously our jam. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, the surroundings were beautiful and we had an all round excellent time. It is worth bearing in mind that there are facilities at the start of the trail, and a refreshment stand circa halfway round but that is it. You are very much on the trail and surrounded by nature for the rest of the walk and it’s a far distance for little legs. Come prepared! By the time we got back to our car the evening mist was beginning to descend, and we walked at a pretty clip for the majority of the time.
I have to say that I never regret driving out to The Lakes. It doesn’t matter which area you go to, you are bound to be treated to a breath-taking view. Although we didn’t necessarily get the weather we would have hoped for, the walk around Buttermere was fantastic and we found plenty to enjoy, even just taking the opportunity to spend a few days switching off made the drive worth it.
Suffice to say we took this trip before the lockdown of 2020; we will be sure to return to The Lakes once restrictions are lifted and it is once again safe to travel.