February 23, 2017

The Lake District

Last week Finn had his mid term break, so we took the opportunity to get out of town for a few days and do some traveling around England. We had heard great things about the Lake District, a National Park in northwest England, so we rented an Airbnb for a few days to check it out. We debated driving a little further north to have lunch in Scotland, but we couldn't find any decent options that weren't too far out of the way.  Since we will be back to Scotland in April and May, we skipped it this trip. But we did drive to Hadrian's Wall - a wall that used to stretch from coast to coast and was the northern most limit of the Roman Empire. There are still lots of areas with large chunks of wall up. It's probably the oldest thing I've seen in person (outside of a museum) and despite the crummy weather, it was really neat. The kids weren't as impressed with a super old wall.

The following day we did some hiking in the southeast and central portion of the Lake District. The wind was crazy that weekend and it was really cold, but the views were still breathtaking. Finn did pretty well hiking and enjoying being outside, but Mary wasn't a fan of the weather. 

I thought this was so simple and sweet. The photo below is of the view he loved. I can see why.

The photos above were all taken during a hike at Scout Scar and the ones below were from a walk in Elterwater after having lunch at a really great pub. Side Note -I love how dog friendly places are here and how dogs are welcome in most pubs. People in the Lake District all seemed really friendly and social - much more than we have experienced in Oxford. It seems like the north is similar to the south in the states in terms of hospitality and social etiquette.

Sheep are spray painted as means of identification. 

Here are some pictures of the place we stayed. It was an old barn made into a cottage retreat and was probably one of the nicest Airbnb's we've stayed at.  The property had fields of grazing sheep and a small waterfall we walked out to see, during which Mary fussed, I slipped, and Finn complained about sheep poop. BUT it was pretty!

We definitely want to go back to the Lake District during the warmer months - there are lots of good trails and places to check out, each with beautiful views and many that are family (stroller) friendly.



  1. Such a fun trip. It's so beautiful up there - we spent a weekend in one of the towns and went on an epic bike ride, filled with sheep, quaint cottages and rock walls, and a good pub lunch. Enjoy!