It was my first ever weekend Hiking trip. Our accommodation was at Ambleside YHA at Waterhead where we had great views of the lake.
Ambleside is a popular hub in the heart of the Lake District with a wide selection of pubs and cafes, great walking and a great location for our weekend.
Our weekend included two yoga classes each day and a moderate day hike of about 8 to 10 miles through the fantastic scenery of the Lake District. So you can say it offered us the best of both worlds, to get out walking and enjoying the beautiful scenery in the Lake District and to practice yoga. There were four yoga classes in total and there were walks on both days.
I am not sure if February was a great time for this trip. I always wanted to go to Lake District for hiking and when I saw this event I booked it straight away. Before going there we found weather was bit dodgy. It was showing rainy and heavy wind. But overall it was not too bad. A light shower on Saturday and Sunday was better with some patches of sunshine.
It was really a great time in Lake District away from the crowds and see a landscape of snow capped peaks. After the indulgences of Christmas and the January blues, fresh air and movement, was just what your body and mind are craving for.
On Saturday we walked from the hostel along the river Rothay and up and along Loughrigg Terrace, giving great views over Grasmere. We then followed the lakeshore for a while before we arrived in the village of Grasmere itself. Grasmere is many people’s favourite Lakeland village and is famous for the small church where William Wordsworth is buried and also for Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread shop, next door, which has been selling gingerbread since 1854.
On Sunday we walked up to the very scenic Loughrigg Tarn, then visited an impressive waterfall of Skelwith Force, before we follow the river Brathay as it winds its way up towards Elterwater and the old Britannia Inn for our lunch stop.