Camping in the Lake District

Camping, Dog friendly, the Lake District, camping with your dog

Today I decided to head to the Lake District and go camping.

The last time I went camping in the lakes it was a disaster. It started raining the minute I arrived and never stopped, I know what you’re thinking. But this is theLake Distrct right? Well yes but it was really heavy rain and I went through two or three changes of clothing and anyway, decided to throw the tent in the car and go home.

I really want to be more adventurous this year, go out more, hike more, more photography and just get out and enjoy the great outdoors. We are quite lucky that the Lake District is just over an hour away from home.

I have done a lot of research into wild camping, my brother is quite keen to do it too. We already have a two man tent, in fact a two man tent, a five man tent and a pop up tent. It’s a lot of money when you add up the gear, a new lightweight tent, lightweight sleeping bag, lightweight mattress, lightweight tripod, portable gas burner, pans etc and then a new rucksack to carry it all.

So I decided to head to a camp sight with me existing gear and headed to the Great Langdale Valley. Dexter and I packed up and jumped in the car.

Baysbrown Farm Campsite is located just 4.5 miles from Ambleside and 4.5 miles from Blea Tarn, one of my favourite laces in the Lakes. The address of the campsite is Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9JR www.baysbrowncampsite.co.uk its £6 per adult per night & £3 per car. IMG_2290A really lovely location, a very clean kitchen area and modern shower block. I will be back.

I set the tent up and Dexter was very patient. We then headed off to Chesters by the River, walking through Chapel Stile, Ellterwater and arriving at Skelwith Bridge, a really lovely walk along the river (3.1 miles and just over an hour).

Lesson number one…write a checklist. Camera check, tripod, check, memory card, check, filters, check, lenses check, battery? Bloody hell…at home in the charger, what an idiot. Normally I would be furious with myself but you know what, its a beautiful place, beautiful weather and Dexter is going to love his little two day holiday.

We arrived at Chesters by the River and had a lovely lunch, Dexter had a bowl of water and he may have had a little bit of toast, he is on holiday after all and he has lost 8kg on his year long diet. Headed back to the campsite, lit the stove and made myself a nice cup of coffee on the stove top coffee maker, I love my coffee.

Decided to drive up to Blea Tarn, through some stunning countryside and parked in the National Trust Car Park. Mental note join the National Trust, free parking for members or £5 for the general public. I had my phone with me and managed to get a few shots before the battery died. Note 3 take a solar charger.
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Blea Tarn is a beautiful place, great for photograp hy and can’t believe it was just me, and Dexter sat watching the sun set…just perfect.

I drove back down toward Langdale Valley and stopped off at Sticklebarn (LA22 9JU) a dog friendly bar, rustic, very friendly staff and fantastic cider.

Drove into Ambleside for fish and chips and back to the campsite for a good nights sleep. Some amazing opportunities for photo’s the next ring with cloud and mist rolling over the mountain tops.

After breakfast I decided to head to Loughrigg Tarn, another stunning location and a 40 minute walk. I then headed to Grasmere for a short walk and Dexter had a paddle in the water. In Grasmere itself we love going for a bite to eat or coffee and cake, finally heading to the famous Sarah Nelsons Gingerbread Shop for some, you guessed it gingerbread.

I drove home feeling totally relaxed and a much needed break from the office and house work. I can’t wait to go back camping.

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Grasmnere, Lake District, Camping, Dog friendly camp sites.

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