Summer 2019: Day 30 – Lowther Castle, The Struggle, and Rothay Park
This summer I’ve posted what we’ve been up to each day of the school holidays – you can see a summary of our adventures at our 2019: 42 Days of Summer page.
Today we spent most of the day at Lowther Castle, approximately 15 minutes from Penrith. It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to go for a few years, ever since I learned they were building a huge play fort.
It was raining when we first arrived, but luckily it brightened and we had sunshine from lunchtime. We spent most of the day at the fort, and saw the gardens near the castle including the orchard, Japanese garden, and the boys favourite – the tree swings. We then headed round a two mile walk in the wider grounds. There are several walking and cycle routes, and bikes available to hire.
Website – https://www.lowthercastle.org/
Late afternoon we headed to the Lake District via the Kirkside Pass and The Struggle (a narrow steep winding road that leads down to Ambleside at the top of Lake Windemere).
This evening we walked to Rothay play park at Ambleside, a firm favourite. On route we played “Would you rather…” for the first time with some interesting options. The first was would you rather get eaten by a shark or have some nice ice cream!
On route back the sun was setting and we saw lots of bats ducking and diving along the river.
Have you been to Lowther Castle? Rothay Park? Which are your favourite places to visit at the Lake District?