Back in October we had a family holiday in the Lake District, we spent a week in a gorgeous cottage in Ambleside. Aria was only eight months at the time meaning that all activities had to be pushchair friendly and of course, entertaining for us adults. Walking up mountains in the rain just doesn’t appeal to Spencer and I, and the pushchair gave us the perfect excuse to avoid the glorious hills of the Lake District and seek out alternative activities.
From the get go this was always going to be a very chilled out holiday, we had a lovely cottage for a week and had plans of cosying up indoors to avoid the wet and cold October weather. That being said we still wanted to get out and explore the area, it is a very long way for us to travel so isn’t somewhere that we’re likely to re-visit anytime soon.
Our cottage was very close to Rydal Mount Gardens and Hall, home of William Wordsworth, the gardens were looking amazing in bright, Autumnal colours so it would have been rude not to go and explore.
The gardens were huge, with something different around every corner including small waterfalls, statues, spectacular views and scenery. I would love to re-visit the gardens throughout the year to see how stunning they look with various flowers including bluebells and daffodils.
We drove into Ambleside to take a boat trip into Bowness, Bowness is a beautiful town and the boat ride is lovely, there are so many amazing views to take in along the way. The boat wasn’t accessible with a pushchair but we were able to collapse it to get on and off and put it back up on the boat if we wanted to, there was plenty of room.
We booked the cruise for a day that ended up being very misty and were worried that we would miss out on the views, but we needn’t have, the mist just made the beautiful views look dramatic, granted we couldn’t see everything but what we could see looked beautiful and breathtaking.
Last but by no means least we visited Beatrix Potter World, you can see my full review of the Beatrix Potter Attraction here, but, in short, we loved it. It was great for all ages and enjoyable whether you are a fan of Beatrix Potter or not.
So, there you have it, relaxing aside that is what we got up to while in the Lake District on a family holiday.
Have you been before? If so, what attractions do you recommend?