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Walking in the Lake District National Park

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It's great to get out on a walk to the Lake District National Park and there are so many walks that allow children to run and explore and get fresh air into their lungs. Fabulous views for all to enjoy.

When living in London Nick and I used to enjoy going for country walks and had in the past walked along the Thames Path. We decided about a month ago, that as we were now officially living in the Country, that we should get out and enjoy some of the local landmarks. Our first expedition was to Dodd wood and like many others we had a row about which was the quickest way to get to the A591 – Nick insisted that we could get to our destination via the A596 and as he was driving off he went, through Wigton? I was right, of course! Once on the correct road we were quite surprised to find that 20 minutes driving brought us into the Lake District National Park. Having found the car park quite easily we started our ascent; the boys being 7 and 8 decided to run around and wore themselves out just before the summit. Just before the summit we got our first view over Bassenthwaite Lake and valley, with a bench to sit and admire, an ideal place for having sandwiches, we had already eaten them though. The views from the summit are breathtaking, we didn’t really think about the Ospreys when we got there. The way down was a lot of fun as the walk through the woods is pretty fantastic and we collected plenty of fir cones.

Buoyed by this experience we planned a trip to Catbells, which is just a few steps farther than Dodd Wood, and thought that this would be a bit of a doddle. Nick thought it was a bit like Kings Cross station, rather busy with loads of people on a day out with kids. W e had picked a pretty blustery day and I got a bit nervous about being blown off the path. Nick had managed to get to the top with one child however I was left with the child most resistant to climbing mountains and never made it to the top because on the way down people kept advising me that I "ought not to take a little child to the top and if I did that I should "hold on tight to him ". Needless to say this did alarm me, particularly about our younger son who was with Nick at the top. The above picture of Derwent Water is taken on the climb up to Catbells.
We plan to go back to Catbells on a fine day.