Hey folks. My apologies for the delayed blog posts, I’m a month behind! Hopefully I can catch up. It’s harder than I thought to keep it updated
On the train to Windermere I met a dog and we quickly became friends. Afterwards I made friends with it’s human and he gave me advice on hiking in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, which I would do to in a couple weeks.
I got into Windermere around 6pm. It was raining quite a lot. I had no plans, I sort of thought I could just go easily find a place to camp. However, Windermere was a much bigger town than I thought. After a bit of worrying about where I’d spend the night -especially because the sun was setting soon – I found a BnB that wasn’t too expensive. I got some simple Indian Food for dinner after I got my room.
Woke up around 6. Got served a simple breakfast and then packed up, meditated, and checked out.
I went to the Windermere Visitors Centre (which had closed by the time I made it to the town the previous night) And got a recommendation on where to wildcamp for the night. Then I took a bus to Ambleside. And from there, started the days hike.
The hike I chose was Up Wansfell Pike, to Troutbeck, and back to Ambleside. The link will give you a better idea of what the hike was like, but here are some of my photos:
After the hike I wandered around Ambleside, which is a town mostly composed of hiking stores and cafes, I loved it! I bought some hiking and camping equipment for the evening, and found a cafe that served amazing apple pie. Doing some cubing there.
I took a bus to Keswick, and walked up to Castlerigg Stone Circle. I took a few pictures, and then wandered around and ended up setting up camp in a random field that didn’t look like it was frequently used.
I woke up to the rain. I made myself porridge for breakfast in my campstove, and had a lot of trouble cleaning it afterwards. This on top of the rain and being cold made me quite miserable, seems silly looking back on it. I had trouble taking down my tent and packing up. But eventually managed it.
I walked down to Keswick and got a second breakfast and hot chocolate at a cafe. I warmed up and took off my thermal base layers. After eating I left the cafe, but quickly realized I had no plan for the day. And it seemed like it was going to rain the whole day. I ended up going into another cafe, and staying there for several hours. Cubing and reading. I felt that I wouldn’t have enjoyed hiking in the dreary weather.
I went to a cheese shop and then a grocery store. Then got a hostel room for the night, where I cooked a much better dinner than I had had the night before. Nicely priced hostel too, only $17 for the night.
I really liked the Lake District, it’s absolutely beautiful there. And I could easily see spending a week or more there. However, you need to prepare for bad weather. As it was, I’m glad I got one good day of hiking in. And it was definitely a worthwhile experience.