Going off plan in the Lakes


Are you sure this is a road?

Sat Nav is not your friend here. At one point it was saying we were in the middle of a lake. What looks like a normal road on the screen will actually be alarmingly steep and narrow. We soon discovered travel sickness tablets were essential.

Grizedale Forest

After a challenging drive we got to Grizedale forest to do the Super Worm Trail. Based on the book by Julia Donaldson this is a trail through the forest with clues to find and activities along the way. It was really muddy and great fun. The kids were in their element jumping in puddles. The route was the perfect length and difficulty level for little legs. At £3.50 including a copy of the book, stickers and activity sheets it was good value.

Wrong turns and discoveries

We took a wrong turning one day and ended up having to take the car ferry across Windermere Lake. It was a happy accident though as the short boat trip was stunning. Stumbling upon things became a feature of our holiday. We chanced upon a village called Waterhead and spent a lovely evening feeding the ducks and having fish and chips for tea. We also came across a community event where the kids enjoyed a magic show and fairground rides. In Keswick we found a field beside the lake where the kids could run free and get close up to a herd of sheep and we had coffee and cakes while admiring the breathtaking scenery. It made me realise that with all of the planning that goes into a family break it’s often the things that aren’t on the itinerary that make the special moments.

Beatrix Potter World

I am obsessed with Beatrix Potter stories. We had a set of the books as kids (a gift from a family friend shortly before he died). I’ve passed it on to Sofia. She calls them mummy’s special books (subtext is wreck these and I will kill you!). Beatrix Potter world was charming. There was scenes from the stories plus information about the author. I was impressed by the attention to detail in each scene – there were little references from the stories everywhere. The layout was also great with the factual information higher up and the hands on things for the kids underneath it. It was refreshing to learn about the authors life rather than have to rush through the adult orientated bits.

Beatrix Potter World
Beatrix Potter World

South Lakes Safari Zoo

We squeezed in a trip to the Zoo before heading home (I love a zoo possibly more than the kids). This place was incredible. There was so much to see and it was very hands on. We got to walk through an area with kangaroos, lemurs, prairie dogs and monkeys roaming free. Sofia and I handfed a giraffe and we all got to feed and stroke some penguins – real once in a life time experiences!

Glad to be home

I’ve loved being away it felt like a real adventure. There was the odd stressful moments like Sam having a melt down in the dining room with an audience of shocked Chinese tourists. Leo drove us crazy on the way home repeatedly asking “where are we going?” for 3 hours straight. It is a relief not to have to share a kitchen while cooking for five and I’m looking forward to my own bed tonight. Overall we had a great time and bring back lots of happy family memories.

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