Lakes Holiday 2013: Day 6

The weather on this day was not brilliant but still warm and we went to Bowness and while there went to the Beatrix Potter Experience and then later to the AWESOME Wray Castle.

So in Bowness the Beatrix Potter Experience can be found, a fairly large building housing all sorts of scenes from Beatrix Potter’s books. This was better than it sounds really, it did include a working veg garden that then feeds the cafe downstairs (genius idea).

The funniest thing was the huge number of Chinese and Japanese tourists that were also in attendance, now we thought “oh we will get Bobbie a book, from the store..” £6 I think, but it was nicely presented and we will give it to her later. The Chinese tourists in front of us in the queue had their shop assistant reply “…ok that’s £116 please” £116 on Beatrix potter things!!!! Long live the Chinese economy!

Anyway moving on, we then visited the little known National Trust property Wray Castle, this was our find of the holiday. I feel I should first explain what exploring properties with a little child is like.

The child will want to run about, no matter how good the Property management, the little child will find something to grab, tug, pull, knock, ruin or otherwise destroy items. This becomes an issue when visiting properties that are preserved for the nation.

Now we were expecting the very same experience here, Bobbie would enjoy it for a bit but after 15-20 “No don’t touch that”‘s she will get annoyed and then it’s tears and paddy time. Wray Castle couldn’t be further from this experience.

From the off they said to us “just let her run free, just watch her on the stairs but she can’t do much damage” we were confused but went into the first room which had massive building blocks and we spent 30 minutes making towers and having so much fun. We then went around the rest of the castle with fun and toys in most of the other rooms. It was so refreshing to have an National Trust property with kids truly at it’s heart and I thank the NT for making it that way but also plead for them to market it more!

And thus ends the Holiday blogs… coming up, how to play the drums and what a difference a manager makes.

To see the rest of the pages in this blog click on the links below:
Day 1&2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

A Flying GooseBobbie and Peter RabbitLooking in through the windowMr ToddLittle pigsBeatrix Potter sculpture 3Beatrix Potter sculpture 2Beatrix Potter sculpture 1Old brownMrs Tiggy-WinkleWhen a cat and a bear have teaBeatrix Potter pondThat naughty PeterKicked outMy princessWray CastleWray Castle view 2Wray Castle view 1


Lakes Holiday 2013: Day 4

And Day 4 approached and the weather was PERFECT, warm but not too hot and blue skies.

To that end we set out early to go to Dungeon Gill Force (waterfalls) which was a tip off from Len (my father-in-law) who recommended it. We climbed towards them at like 9am and only climbed a little of the possible full distance (see picture of hill of which I climbed oh 10% of the picture). The heat was quite intense even at that time in the morning, so we decided to descend and journey to Coniston.

Coniston (or Lake Coniston) is where the world attempt for the fastest speed achieved on water took place, it eventually killed it’s previous title holder Donald Campbell. We ventured to this place to have a spin around the lake in an all more sedate mode of transport, a steam powered boat. We did drift over the place Mr Campbell died which was odd but thankfully his body has now been removed from the lake.

If you want to see the rest of the days holiday click on the links below

Day 1&2
Day 3
Day 5
Day 6

And here are the images enjoy.

Dungeon Ghyll WaterfallsUp hillDungeon Ghyll Waterfalls 2Dungeon Ghyll Waterfalls 3Lake Coniston 1Lake coniston 2Lake coniston 4Fly eye in Bobbie's eyeOn steam powered boatBluebird boat house and jettySteam powered boat coming inFront of Coniston steam powered boat

Lakes Holiday 2013: Day 3

Day 3 of the holiday consisted of a visit to Hill Top house which is Beatrix Potter’s main residence now owned by the National Trust, then went to the Aquarium. A visit to Fellfoot Park was next, this is a victorian park owned by the National Trust (you’ll see a theme here) and then we went swimming (not owned by the National Trust and not in the Aquarium).

Hill Top house was a great National Trust property and allowed you to go around Beatrix Potter’s farm house as if her and her husband had just popped to the shops after afternoon tea. You can see drawings and letters just lying around, it really is a magical visit if you get the chance but get there early as the car park is small and you are given a timed ticket to enter.

Next on to the Aquarium to see some fish and other animals – this was expensive but worth it. Bobbie loved it, Mairi has a picture of me and her dressed as lobsters.

Next was a visit to Fellfoot Park, this was mainly a relaxing time as Bobbie was sleeping (spark out after 3 days of nonstop fun!), we then had an icecream at the shop and headed home. The park was a great expanse of open space that headed down to Lake Windermere.

We then went for a swim, of which I have no pictures but the swimming pool was awesome and often had less than 3 families / groups of people in it. This meant it felt like a spa pool.

If you want to see what we got up to on other days click on the links:
Day 1&2
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6

Check out the photos below and enjoy.

Maira and Bobbie outside Beatrix Potter's houseInside a flowerSparkle Pirania SparkleLook at this fellaWindermine from FellfootBobbie sleeping in FellfootFellfootMairi and Bobbie at FellfootWindermere 3

Lakes Holiday 2013: Day 1 and 2

Hello and welcome,

Yes I’m blogging with photos again and yes it’s a bit of a series, just chill and enjoy.

So for our family holiday this year we went to the lakes and we couldn’t have chosen a better time to go, we had picture perfect weather each day!

We kicked off day one by driving to the lakes via Hawes; the comically named village and home of wensleydale cheese. Hawes is a great place visit and is popular with bikers, cyclists, walkers, and travelling people in general. We had a meal in the excellent White Hart (see my review here)

Bobbie ready for pub lunch in hawes

The drive up and across was stunning, and we met cyclists and most alarming a traveller with 3 very unruly horses. The horses we so unruly we had to stop while he stopped to control them – did slightly fear the car was going to jumped on by the horse at one point.

So we arrived and promptly got the little one off to bed and cracked open a beer.

Day 2 Brookhole, lunch at Ambelside then a visit to Townend.

Bobbie relaxing at the caravan

We woke up to lovely sunshine on our caravan for the week and me and Bobbie had a little mess about on the veranda. We then got sorted and headed for Brookhole, it has the best aventure playground and because we arrived so early we had the whole thing to ourselves!

Bobbie crossing the wibble bridge without Mum or Dad holding.Bobbie in the best adventure playground EVER

Afterwhich we went for lunch and Ambleside – here is the view we had!

Windermere 3

and then on to our first National Trust property ‘Townend’. This was a very old building with a stunning collection of old books, interesting clocks and very old furniture

Townend 1Townend 2Townend 3






And thus ended day 2. As always the photos were taken by my trusty D3000 using 18-55mm and 55mm-200mm Nikon lens. All photos taken in Raw format.

Take a look at the other days of the Holiday.
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6