Happy Anniversary to us! We spent a great weekend in a cottage near Hutton in the Forest, Penrith to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. The cottage was lovely and warm (this warmth was very important after our last cottage experience!) and it was in a great location which was quiet and private but well situated for doing lots of walking. I particularly loved the open plan living, dining, kitchen area. Stella seemed just generally excited about being somewhere new.
I arrived Friday afternoon after a stop on the way up at Pooley Bridge for a wander around the village and by the river that runs into Ullswater. The weather was a bit drizzly and wasn’t great for anything more than that. When we got to the cottage, Stella and I got unpacked and settled and then went to meet Paul at Penrith train station.
On Saturday we opened some lovely anniversary cards in the morning and headed out for a walk on the Penine Way. There was a lack of sheep on a lot of the paths and fells we walked over so that was good for lots of “off lead” walking. After the walk, we enjoyed anniversary fruit cake (made in the same theme as our wedding cake except with a little black and white spaniel on the top rather than a bright orange camper van) and there was also reveillon tourtiere (dream pie for short!) for dinner.
On Sunday, we climbed Cross Fell which is the highest peak in the Penine’s. It was a bit of a long slog to get to the top, I’d forgotten to bring any drinks and my camera ran out of batteries but the weather was a bit better than the previous day, we found a couple of spring water streams to quench our thirst and we felt very virtuous after all the exercise.
We were also both off Monday and enjoyed a third – slightly shorter, slightly less energetic – walk through Lowther Park and the grounds of Lowther Castle followed by a lovely lunch at a pub in Askam where we’d parked. I do recommend this pub with it’s good food, old world charm and it’s very dog friendly too (www.queensheadaskham.com). We will definitely be going again.
I’m looking forward to some time at home this weekend and a good catch up with Brent who is visiting. It will no doubt involve some walking, some Dawson’s Creek, some eating and perhaps a cultural experience too.