A Postcard from Keswick

Friday, August 26

After our holiday in Orlando at the start of the summer I didn't really plan on going anywhere else for a while however Scott was keen to go camping. It was really great to spend so much time outdoors, without internet and doing something so different. I like being outside but always seem to get lost in other things.

We mostly choose the lake district because it was 'too far' from home and I'd never been there. The camping and caravan site at Keswick is so pretty - it's like a postcard! We managed to get the tent up in relatively dry weather on Saturday but the rest of the night was very rainy. Luckily the next night was much better so we could cook our chilli outside but it did start to rain later on so we played cards in the tent. The final night of our stay was glorious - just the way you imagine camping being. We drank wine and cooked burgers on the BBQ. Basically just soaked up as much sun as we could.

On day number one we hopped in the car and after discovering Malam was much farther than Scott realised (I don't know why he didn't find out) we drove to White Scar Caves in Ingleton. The Geology geek inside me found them fascinating but Scott loved it too. The tour takes around 80 minutes so you're in the caves for quite a while but the time passed so quickly. Our guide was able to tell us about the different features and how the caves were discovered in 1923.

There were a few small spaces and low ceilings on the mile walk but nothing too difficult. The only thing about being in a big group is not being able to take as many photo as I'd like... I also don't have any of me in the hard hat! Much needed when you frequently bump your head. 

On the way back to the campsite we stopped for a walk at lake Windermere. We were only there for about an hour but it is so pretty I couldn't resist taking some photos. If we'd had more time I would have loved to see it by boat too.

The lake the campsite is on the banks of is the Derwentwater and was definitely the highlight of my stay. On the final day we found a guide online for walking all the way round so expecting it to take us around 5 hours we set off. Somehow we managed to get lost twice, including a long stretch up a hill because Scott was sure that was where we were supposed to go, so we just short of half we round before we decided to turn back.

The views all the way round were beautiful and it was the best day so far with lovely sunny skies. I have lots and lots of snaps so it was hard to narrow them down. We arrived back at the tent just before tea time feeling happily tired and ready for some food.

I enjoyed everything about our stay in Keswick, despite the rain, wet grass, moving tent pitches because they were worried about flooding. All the staff at the campsite were so friendly and helpful - I've read a few negative reviews on tripadvisor but from my experience were so unjustified. 

The day we left was so warm I insisted we walk into Keswick one last time to get some ice cream from Casa Bella which was yummy. I could easily have staying in Keswick for longer but we had two nights booked in Newcastle so it was time to leave.

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