Lake District

Very spontaneously Natasha and I decided to go to Lake District, booked the tickets and found lodging at airbnb. It was May bank holiday and we planned for 3 days and 2 nights there. One of the options was camping but we realised that we could camp anywhere, not necessarily, Lake District. As it turned out later, it was a wise decision.

So we took train №1 from Euston, got to Stockport, changed platform to board train №2 to Preston and then got the bus to Oxenholme. Final leg was a short train trip to Windermere and voila :) We stayed in the town centre here: it was my first airbnb experience and turned out very well!

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Natasha was playing me and I was like Ben, meaning that I did not get prepared at all and Natasha looked up and printed some walks. First day we spent by the lake Windermere: got a bottle of champagne and chilled with a picnic. The weather was fantastic!

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We also took the ferry for 50p and climbed the hill to see sunset.

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We had dinner in a posh restaurant the chef of which used to work with Gordon Ramsay. Great food, lots of fun :D The waiting time was long but we were warned, the service was impeccable, not only we got free nibbles and tea, they also called us very cheap cab home :) Highly recommended steak at Porto restaurant in Bowness-on-Windermere.

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Next day looked very promising weather-wise so we took a boat to the other side of the lake and went on a mission – walking up the hill. Photos will tell you the rest.

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Third day showed us the true colours of the Lake District: it was raining and foggy. We walked the Troutbeck via Orrest Head and to Townend. Sheep, fields, stone barns…

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Natasha was a real superhero – little proud yellow cape :)

Going back was easier as we had a direct train from Oxenholme. Now I definitely want to go back and enjoy the nature with warm sleeping bags and a proper tent.