Chesters by the River, Skelwith Bridge, The Lake District
After a great walk with Apollo and Aura, we pulled up minutes after Chesters opened. With two sleeping dogs curled up on the backseats of the car, we cracked the window down a little and left them to snooze.
Despite the early morning chill, we wrapped up and took position just outside on the patio. It's my favourite spot whatever the weather, that way you have a wonderful view over Loughrigg and the hills around Coniston behind. There's something so beautiful about the early morning light dancing over the hills as the sun rises.
Happy and content with a fresh filter coffee, we sat listening to the dabble of the River Brathay just beside us. It's a perfect spot, but be sure to get there early as it gets very busy through the day.
With the early morning chill we had the outdoor space to ourselves while inside filled up with breakfast orders.
Well... almost to ourselves...
Checking the steps taken and energy burnt from the earlier walk quite clearly justified a stack of pancakes...
Fluffy, crisp on the outside, drizzled in honey with lots of fresh fruit... they were utterly perfect!
Followed by a carrot and walnut cake to share...
We sipped our coffees, cooed over pancakes, and watched the sun rise higher behind the clouds. Ahh... a favourite view over the old cottages...
Before leaving I popped into their deli to pick up a freshly baked sourdough...
And off we went, content and looking forward to the next visit!
We arrived in Grizedale Forest just before sunrise.
No visit to the Ambleside area is complete without a coffee at Chresters by the River.
Between the toddler, myself and the dogs constantly begging to paddle in the water eventually my sister in law (I can legally say that now!) finally gave in "oh come on then the lot of you... "
Naturally the mornings don't ever come easy, but with two dogs with a whole lot of energy, lie-ins have been sacrificed for early morning walks and brisk runs.
Impromptu, as with all our decisions, we grabbed the tent and gear and made our way to the National Trust's Great Langdale Campsite in the Lake District.
I needed coffee and there was only one destination in mind...
We were bored of dual carriageways and thought we'd put the 4x4 through its paces.
I'm not sure who has the bigger affinity with lakes - me or the dog.
After a few busy weeks we decided on an impromptu escape out of the city.
My prefrontal cortex ached, then Apollo chirped up - he needed to go.
"We're nearly there, there's somewhere I want to show you." AJ reassured.