featfI am lucky enough to be married to man who knows The Lake District better than most. His family took him up to Cumbria throughout his childhood and since I have known him, I have learned to love it just as much as he does.
Just over a year ago he introduced me to a beautiful spot near Ambleside called Tarn Hows, here:
and we visited again last weekend. From Newton-le-Willows it’s just short of a 2 hour drive which sees us travelling through the most stunning Cumbrian countryside. When we arrived there was a car park, national trust information and loos (v important as it turned out).
A “Tarn” is defined as a “Small Mountain Lake” and this one is just set in a somewhat fairytale, dreamlike landscape that almost doesn’t feel real. The walk around the Tarn is approximately 2.5 miles and we took the decision to have a gently meander rather than a route march and to drink in the beauty that surrounded us.
This post is about to get quite photo heavy, but I am sure you can cope…
We had such an amazingly relaxing time walk around the quiet countryside, everywhere we turned we had another amazing view, well worth the drive. In fact it was SO good that we are seriously considering getting National Trust memberships which I believe means free entry into NT properties and parking.
Of course our day wasn’t 100% successful as as we were due to leave the Tarn, I started to feel unwell – cue us being stuck in the car park whilst I spent a good hour running backwards and forwards to the loo 🙁 I have blogged before that I have chronic IBS and boy oh boy, when it’s bad it’s BAD! After some investigations, it turns out the scrambled eggs I had for breakfast at our gorgeous local cafe had (unbeknownst to me) had cream added and I am hugelly intolerant. Sad times. Still, I will know next time!
Eventually though, things settled down and we made our way home via a little stop in Ambleside. How beautiful. All in all though, a thoroughly beautiful day – I can highly recommend it!