I spent a wonderful weekend in the Lake District and we were blessed with good weather, how lucky ! It was the second UK national park I’ve visited this year, after our little exploration of Peak District and its famous Devil’s arse last February.
We decided to book an accommodation through airbnb in Broughton-in-Furness, located in the South-West part of the Lake District. It was awesome and the lady who housed us was lovely ! Broughton was once an important market town, particularly for the woolen and cattle trades. In the villages nearby, you can still see numerous farms and plenty of sheep grazing on early spring grass.
The first day, we started our exploration of the region by a wonderful hike starting at Rydal and bringing us on top of Loughrigg Fell.
This popular hike starts at the car park over the stone bridge, just off A591 road, immediately before Rydal (approaching from Ambleside). The car park is quite small and can get really busy when the weather is sunny, so better to start early if you want a parking spot :-) The vegetation at the beginning of the hike was lovely, especially the moss ! How peculiar !
When we saw the Rydal Water lake in the distance, we had a quick look at the lake before taking the higher path until it became a rough track with loose rocks and slate pieces. Nearby, there was an old slate mine where we could stop and visit a bit. We saw something really strange near the entrance: plenty of coins hammered into dead trees and tree stumps. After some research on google, I’ve discovered that this is a cultural phenomenon spreading across the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales these days, also known as “money trees”. It’s the same principle as the wishing wells where people use their pennies to make a wish. Is it a waste of money ? I don’t know, but I suppose it’s less damaging than throwing coins into a river….
We continued our walk, always choosing the higher path when facing a fork until we reached a great viewpoint over the lake. Daffodils were everywhere, and it was so nice to be able to take pictures of them :-)
At the end of the viewpoint (just before reaching the trees), that was where the fun began ! We had to climb up the hill, taking bravely every uneven steps in order to reach the summit. I could have photoshoped my redness, but no… I’m honest with you… As you can see, I’m not that fit :D
While climbing, be aware of the false summits ! I got tricked so many times. I thought that was the end so many times ! But no, it kept going and going and it was only after a while that the trig point appeared…. eventually :-)
We continued over the rocky summit, following the cairns towards Ambleside. I think we lost the main track as we ended up going down a pretty steep slope down to the road (poor knees ! Walking sticks would have been welcomed). We followed the road for a while before taking a break under a beautiful tree. The moss felt so comfy for my aching body :-)
We didn’t follow the main trail to Rydal, instead, we decided to make a little detour to Ambleside to have some Fish and chips :-)
It was with a full belly that we followed the main road towards Rydal car park, from the center of Ambleside ! I got distracted again by some lovely vegetation…
It was a bit challenging for me, but I didn’t regret the sweat and the effort, the hike was worth it ! :-)