Exploring the Lake District
Every now and then it’s nice to get out of the city and somewhere a little more peaceful. Me and Luke both grew up a stones throw away from the Lake District, and it’s a place full of happy memories of summer holidays. I’m a country girl at heart so there’s nothing I love more than getting back out there and into the fresh air. We decided recently to start on a journey of A-Z dates, taking it in turns each month to do something a little different. I got to go first and chose A for adventure, and so off on our travels we went. We took the journey in two stages down from Edinburgh, stopping over at friends in Carlisle for the night and then onto Lake Windermere and Bowness the following day. It was a lovely weekend of exploring and doing something a little different, also enjoying some time away from phone signal and social media!
Radley Cadnam Backpack
It was a lovely weekend for weather following the sunshine we have been having recently. I put together this outfit of a blouse I bought in the sale recently from New Look, with faux leather skirt from H&M and boots from Ted & Muffy. Needing something practical for the weekend that I could just sling over my shoulder, I was thrilled to be approached by Radley to style one of their new range of backpacks. I chose this ‘Cadnam’ backpack after falling in love with it’s simple black colour and shape, with accent details adding some personality from the lilac polkadots. If you’re like me, usually you’ll have to justify to yourself buying any new bags. However this Radley bag offers so many practicalities, it’s something worth investing in. I can’t begin to explain how much space this bag holds. I was able to fit my DSLR camera, purse, a book, sunglasses, some snacks for the road – and still had space to go.
Visiting Lake Windermere
It seemed with the nice weather, that everyone had the same idea to head out and explore for the day. Once you reach Bowness everything is very tight and winding roads so be confident of where you’re going. It took us almost an hour to find somewhere to park it was so busy. Naturally you don’t want to spoil the location with carparks, so there are very few and far between. If possible I would definitely advise coming in from just outside by bus or train.
Windermere itself has a nice little town with a few shops and cafe’s you can enjoy having lunch at. Moving on from here we headed for Bowness, just down the road and right on Lake Windermere. If you’ve got time, take a boat ride down the lake. Of course, we couldn’t resist an ice cream on a hot day. Treat yourself to one of their famous chocolate dipped whippy ice creams to cool down.
I’d love to stay in the Lake District next time we visit and really make the most of our weekend. Unfortunately with a long drive back ahead of us we didn’t manage to do everything, but it really is so beautiful. Have you ever visited the Lake District? What’s your favourite thing to do there?
This post was in collaboration with Radley. All views are genuine.