Summer 2019: Day 31 – Ambleside to Grasmere via Rydal Caves and back via The Coffin Trail.
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.
After a hearty breakfast (where Boy 3 lost his first upper middle tooth that’s been hanging on for months) we braced ourselves for a walk round the lakes.
Setting out from Ambleside we passed the Rydal Caves on route to Grasmere, stopping for shelter from heavy rain bursts every now and then under a tree.
At Grasmere our first stop was Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread shop. It’s a tiny room which always has a queue out of the door. The Gingerbread is chewy on the inside, with a buiscuity crumb outer texture – yum. We then treated the boys to hot chocolates – a family tradition when we get rained on.
On route back to Ambleside, we took the coffin trail, and then stopped for a well earned tea at the Royal Oak, a Greene King pub with good reviews.
Almost 17 miles later (I can’t believe it!) we arrived safely back at our YHA to dry out, and are all aching.
There was lots of talk of how Boy 3 hoped to spend his tooth fairy money on a gummi pizza, and how to set up and run a hotel. Boy 3 decided he would be manager, Boy 1 would be chef with Dad, and Boy 2 would hand out free goody bags (the most essential role)!
A few thoughts;
– Today I paid 20p to go to the toilet via bank card. Whist I admire the customer service element of being able to pay by card, it’s not right, and may put people off returning to the Lakes.
– Boy 1 saw 35 waterfalls during the day.
– How does the tooth fairy go about her business undetected in a family room of five?
A wet, but good adventure .
Have you visited Ambleside? What are your favourite things to do here? Or in other parts of the Lake District?