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Family Break In The Lake District

Over the past week we’ve been staying in a cabin between Windermere and Ambleside at the Lake District. With us heading to Florida later in the year I wanted to get the kids away during the school holidays so we could all spend some time together before the next term begins.

Accommodation

We stayed at the pretty fantastic 11 Skiptory Lodge on Whitecross Bay which is between Ambleside and Windermere. The accommodation was really great – we like our own space when we’re on holiday and the lodge proved to be a massive hit with all the family. The space was just brilliant – 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen and a large decked area with a barbeque and table and chairs. Everything seemed so new in the lodge – it’s kept to such a good standard that we felt like the first visitors. The other thing that really impressed us about the accommodation was that it felt like everything had been thought of; fishing nets for the kids, DVDs about the local area, guides/maps/flyers, umbrellas, kids games, there was even an acoustic guitar to play.

With it being on the grounds of Whitecross Bay holiday park you get access to the pool, marina, shops and park for the kids.

Out And About

After we’d got to grips with the area we managed to fit quite a few things in without it ever seeming like we were rushing around too much. We hired a motor boat and checked out Lake Windermere, walked to the top of Kirkstone Pass, went swimming, climbed at Treetop Trek, went to a waterfall and took a look around the local towns. There were plenty of things to do and we still had enough time to chill out back at the cabin and fire up the barbecue – I’m now a fully fledged grand master of barbecuing in the rain.

British Weather

Speaking of the weather we seemed to get incredibly lucky, throughout the day it was dry but by night the downpours were torrential. Fortunately we were already back at the cabin by the time the rain kicked in and the skies were clear by the time were up and about in the mornings. That said, if you don’t get lucky like we did you’ve kind of just got to go for it and not let it stop you.

We spent a lot of time around Ambleside and it’s surrounding villages, only heading in to the much busier Windermere town centre once during our stay. I’ve got a lot of time for the Lake District, I’ve only been a few times but there always seems to be something to do or see that I wasn’t aware of before. The kids like it because it’s usually pretty activity packed for them and they get to spend a lot of time outdoors. Hugely recommended if you’ve got kids that like a bit of the outdoor life!

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