My story with Dave, the kids, Cooper, VW's & rugby

Easter in the Lake District

We have just returned from an excellent long weekend in the Lake District in Cumbria. The trip away, which we did in Bob the Camper Van, coincided with the Easter Weekend and our 12th wedding anniversary. We actually spent our honeymoon in the Lakes back in 1998 and it was great to revisit places that we had been to before. So what did we get up to?

We stayed in the Regent Hotel in Waterhead Bay, near Ambleside (review to follow), and we arrived on Good Friday after a 3 hour journey, including stops. Waterhead Bay is a small village, within walking distance to Ambleside which is at the very top of Lake Windermere.

waterhead bay windermere

On Easter Saturday we headed towards Keswick,

road to keswick
bob keswick

and went to the Cumberland Pencil Museum which the kids really enjoyed as it explained all about how pencils were made. Here’s Dave with the worlds largest pencil.

dave pencil museum

After that we took a short walk to the James Bond Museum where they have all the original stunt cars from the movies along with lots of memorabilia.

james bond museum

Heading out of Keswick we stopped off at the Castlerigg Stone Circle which dates back about 4000 years. It is in a great setting surrounded by stunning views especially with the snow on the tops of the mountains.

bob the camper van
castlerigg stone circle
castle rigg kids

On Easter Sunday we went in the other direction towards Kendal and went to Levens Hall, where they have the world’s best topiary gardens. It is really amazing and the kids loved all the different shapes that the trees were sculptured into.

levens hall and topiary garden

After Levens Hall we went to Sizergh Castle which also has stunning gardens and is an impressive castle to explore. As it was a nice day as well as Easter Sunday it was pretty heaving, and I think we spent more time in the car park chatting to people who were oozing over Bob.

sizergh castle

On the way back to the hotel we stopped to take some pictures of Lake Windermere and have an ice cream.


What a great trip!


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  • Shane

    Great. I used to work at the Inn on the Lake at Glennridding on lake Ullswater. I first visited Castlerigg stone circle about 20 years ago and camped at Castlerigg farm. Don’t know if you went or would attempt it but walking up Helvellyn and down Striding edge into Glennridding is amazing.