Wednesday, 24 August 2016

A Weekend Away in the Lake District

Another place that everyone has been telling us to visit is the Lake District. We had heard about a vegan bed and breakfast in the area and thought we would look into booking there.

We were able to get a two night stay at the Fox Hall Vegan Bed and Breakfast. It was really easy to book. We went on their website, and emailed them with the dates and room we wanted.

We booked our trains on train line, and it took about 2.5 hours for us to get there. Fox Hall Vegan B & B is pretty secluded so we had a 45 minute walk from the train station. This isn't a big deal for us, as we love walking. However, some people may find this difficult. Calling a taxi may be a better option. If you get the train into Kendal then you can catch the bus to the motorway 10 minutes from the B & B as well.

We arrived in Oxenholme around 2:30pm. We googled how to walk to the Fox Hall, then we were on our way. 

Train Stain


We were fortunate enough to have beautiful weather. It was a lovely summers day. 






Sometimes the clouds in England make the photos look unreal. (at least I think so)



Checking Google Maps to ensure we were heading in the right direction.

We continued on our way.

Breath taking scenery

Beautiful landscape.
The roads were quite narrow
A lot of the houses were made of stones.

What a relaxing neighbourhood.



We would love to buy a little escape cottage here.


But living out in the middle of nowhere, would drive us a little mad.


The roads are getting smaller.



Found some cows grazing in the grass. We think these are cows being raised for beef, as we saw other cows in barns being milked.


Beef cow was coming for a visit



We took a little while walking, as we kept stopping to take pictures and videos.




But, look at those hills!



Oh no, We actually have to climb one?




We found the bed and breakfast


View from our room.
Guinea pigs. We had no idea that they would have three rescued guinea pigs in the back garden. We were beyond excited to go meet them.

Back garden of the bed and breakfast.
We made a little video on the Fox Hall, Vegan Bed and Breakfast:

After we dropped off our stuff, we headed off to find the castle that was near by. According to google it was a 24 minute walk.



More cows.

Turns out we got lost. We didn't see the turn off for the castle entrance, because it looked like a small alley way with gravel. It looked like someone's drive.

We were able to do a big loop around, so we didn't have to back track. We found the castle in the end. Sadly it was closed.


We were able to walk around the castle grounds.


Sizergh Castle
We walked around the castle grounds and tried to find the path that should have led us in, in the first place.

We headed back to the bed and breakfast to read our books and relax before dinner.


Sitting on our couch in our room.
Lounging Guinea pigs. We said good night before bed.
Patiently waiting for our 3 course meal.
They had a huge menu to choose from and it was really hard to decide what we wanted.
Mushroom soup and bread for starter.

Pineapple Curry with brown rice
Lovely candles.

and flowers.

Alcoholic Black Cherry Trifle
After dinner we sat in the dining room chatting with another couple that was there. We really hit it off and they offered us a ride to Windermere in the morning.

We met them for breakfast before setting out for the day.
Cold breakfast choices.

Warm breakfast. mmm tofu.

They drove us up through Windermere to Ambleside.


Then they drove us around the other side to the lake to Claife.

We went exploring in Wray Castle.
Wray Castle is a Victorian era building that has been just recently open to the public. It's not an ancient castle, more of a mansion created by some rich guy to look like a castle. Oh the things that money can buy.


View from the highest point in the castle that we could get too.

You may have heard of Peter Rabbit before but just in case, he is a fictional character that was created by Beatrix Potter in the early 20th century for a series of children stories.

Books for Donations


The inside of the castle was pretty neat. The format of the castle and it's rooms is definitely geared towards children and would be a lovely day out for families.


Car Park
It was cool that we were allowed to sit in the furniture. 
Fake Books

Beatrix Potter
Cute Rabbit Mugs
Fake Arrow holes as the castle wasn't built during the times that these would have been used..

View from the Castle

Wray Castle


We left Wray Castle and started heading along Lake Windermere towards the town of Windermere.




Following the signs on the foot path

Boat House

Life Goals: Make this our front yard.




We continued along the lake, following the path. We have a 3 3/4 mile journey ahead of us to the ferry.

Check out our video on the lake Windermere:

When the scenery is this nice though, it's hard not to enjoy the walk. 




Here is the house we will move into one day.

Enjoying the nature

Ferns


A Little bit about the lakes wild life.



Cows just lounging by the lake.

We stumbled upon Claife viewing station in Hawkshead and Claife.




A very lovely viewing station indeed.




We love the old ruins.

We left Claife Tower and headed toward the ferry.



The ferry cost 0.50p each to cross, and it was about a 7 minute crossing.


We got to the other side in Bowness-on-Windermere.

Mirror in the trees

We walked along the foot path towards the town of Windermere.



We later learned the foot path we were on was called Cockshott Point. So if you are ever in Bowness and want to take the ferry to Claife this would be the one to take.


We walked through the town, and it was very busy with tourists.
It was a short walk into Windermere, and we headed toward the train station.


We took the train from Windermere to Oxenholme  

We had a 45 minute walk to get back to the bed and breakfast from the station.

We decided to take the 1/4 mile foot path into Natland. It was a nicer walk, than walking on the street.



What can we spot in the distance?

When taking the foot paths, they lead you through some farm land. At first it felt weird to be walking in someones property, but you get use to it.
The walk ended up being a lot better than we expected.

Crossed the river to get the bed and breakfast.
After A LOT of walking, we were very much looking forward to our three course meal that would be waiting for us.
Avocado dip.
For the main course we had a delicious chilli with broccoli and rice. We forgot to take a picture.

Cheese cake!

After dinner tea.
We were very tired after dinner, so we headed to bed to relax and read our books.

The next morning we had to check out of our lovely Vegan Bed and Breakfast. We had another delicious breakfast, said goodbye to the guinea pigs and headed in the direction of Kendal.
One last look from our window!

Good bye cows
We took the public foot path towards Kendal on the canal towpath. Our bed and breakfast had written directions on how to get there.
Back through the fields.




We only passed a couple people during our walk. 


This is a very enjoyable walk

Hiking through the vegetation. Watch out for ticks!!
We made our way to Kendal and found Kendal Castle ruins.

Kendal Castle
Another stunning view


It was one of the nicer ruins that we have been too.

The castle was situated on a hill, and the scenery was lovely.


You can look out the 'window' onto the town of Kendal


Hello down there!



You can even look inside a little bit.

A few other views of the town



We had fun exploring the castle.

Kendal Ruins is free to visit, and we think it is worth the journey to it.








unfortunately we didn't have much time to explore, and had to walk back to Oxenholme to catch our train home.




we made our way down the hill.

And like everything else, a good thing must come to an end. We caught the train at Oxelmholme and headed back to Birmingham. Luckily we only have a 4 day work week then its off to our next adventure!


Thank you for reading, if you enjoyed this post, please check out our post "Road Trippin' Through the Cotswolds"