Herbie’s first summit
This year was a different year for us in The Lake District as no longer a family of 5 we had an extra 4 legs to accommodate. We have been blessed over the years to stay in great cottages over 7 years worth of family holidays in Cumbria but this year we needed to find somewhere for our very special Herbie and it didn’t take me long to find a whole host of fabulous cottages from https://www.sallyscottages.co.uk, we really were spoiled for choice. If you are planning a holiday to The Lakes I would highly recommend them as they offer a range of super cottages in great locations with fabulous gardens, perfect for our four legged family members. We stayed at Aquarius which is in the village of Braithwaite and as a new haunt for us it most certainly did not disappoint. A beautiful and traditional village just shy of the Newlands Valley and the iconic Cat Bells it is surrounded by mountains and I loved it.
Feeling incredibly thankful to be able to go on our annual family holiday this year and with an abundance of sun and hot weather all week (which for the Lake District is pretty unheard of even in August) luck was most definitely in our favour. We made the most of it straight away, kicking it off on our second day with a hike up Barrow Fell. From our cottage there was no need to drive anywhere as the hike was straight up (quite literally) from our front door. As a fell it comes in at over 450m high so a great climb for young climbers and with Rose and Rex eight now, it was perfect for them. The footpath starts from the centre of the village and then follows a drive through a lovely farm and then your ascent begins. It’s definitely a challenge from the onset with steep inclines and little technical climbs but the offset is a vantage point offering spectacular views even if you’re sweating buckets!
With Rose and Rex in rambling chase of Herbie I think it took us around an hour to get to the summit and the views were incredible. From the top you have panoramic views of the mighty Skiddaw , the beautiful Bassenthwaite Lake as well as Keswick and Derwent Water. It really does offer a vast array of beautiful scenery which really did surprise us considering we didn’t need to climb that high. As an extra highlight we were greeted with a show from a paraglider who enjoyed swooping very low just above us, it was great.
Feeling quite tired we didn’t attempt an extra hike of Grisedale Pike (we’ll save that for another day) but we did take a different path down leading through the Coledale Valley which allowed us once again to enjoy the views of Bassenthwaite and the coast in the very distance. Walking parallel to Coledale Beck was an added and vey scenic bonus with the path eventually meandering back to Bassenthwaite and to the road that takes you to the gorgeous, traditional village shop which of course is where we stopped for a much deserved ice cream.
This was Herbie’s first fell summit and he did us proud and although the smallest he was the quickest to the top by a long way. Little did he know that the next summit conquered would be one of the highest mountains in The Lake District. In fact I think he’s secretly staring straight at it in the photo below!