Fits of laughter, toasting marshmallows and waterfall hikes
It’s been a long time since I’ve laughed like I have done this weekend. Jake and I went camping with a group of friends at Burns Farm Campsite situated at the foot of Blencathra for a couple of nights and we had the best weekend, despite the constant rainfall and overnight wind. We love camping so when my friend Lea suggested we get away for a weekend up in the Lake District I jumped at the chance. We travelled to Keswick on Friday evening, met at a service station, grabbed a Subway and convoyed the rest of the journey. I did initially have my doubts for the weekend, the weather forecast wasn’t great so I we knew we were in for some pretty heavy and consistent rainfall but we didn’t hold back and I’m so glad we stuck to our plans.
It only takes and hour and a half to get to Keswick from home so we arrived at around 7pm and started unloading the cars and putting up the tent. This was a huge task in itself as we were absolutely drenched and we couldn’t bring the cars on the camping field so we had to carry countless amounts of bags and equipment across the field to set up. It took a while but finally we were done and poured ourselves a well deserved drink! We spent our evening listening to music, catching up and drying off next to the fire. We had a really decent set up as we took our 6-man tent and event shelter meaning we had a lot of space and shelter from the weather.
Saturday morning we woke up to rain but put on a brave face, cooked breakfast then headed into Keswick centre. I’ve never been to Keswick before and it’s such a lovely place! I love how quaint it is, yet there is so much to see and lots of places to grab a drink or a bite to eat. We spent the afternoon wandering through the markets, eating fish and chips and taking shelter in the pub for a little while. After a few hours we decided to head back to camp and spend the rest of the afternoon there. We had games with us, put on some music and waited for the weather to get slightly better, underneath the event shelter. The lads went for a walk to get some pictures whereas us girls decided to chill out for a bit and have a good chat in the tent. The lads came back after a couple of hours so we decided to get the barbecue going. As we always do with barbecues we went way over the top with the amount of food we cooked! Burgers, sausages and chicken galore! As it got darker and cooler we wrapped up warm, got the fire blazing and toasted some marshmallows as our midnight snack. We played card games, as you should do when you’re camping and just had a really good night and lucky for us, the rain stopped!
Sunday morning we woke up to glorious sunshine, finally! We decided to pack up the tent and shelter by lunchtime and get ourselves out for the day before heading home. We decided to take a drive over to Grasmere, where I’ve never been before but it’s a lovely little village and has an incredible walking route up to Easedale Tarn, somewhere I’d highly recommend visiting! From Grasmere it takes about 1 hour to walk there and it’s not a difficult route. The scenery on the way is incredible, about halfway you’ll reach a waterfall, the perfect setting for amazing pictures and we spent a lot of time there just taking in our surroundings as the views beneath you are beautiful! Carry on along the path and you’ll soon reach Easedale Tarn which is also absolutely stunning and a great pay off after an uphill walk. After we took some time to take in our surroundings and eat our snacks we made our way back down to Grasmere, bought some of the best gingerbread I’ve EVER tasted and decided to go for a late lunch. We drove 30 minutes to Ings, Kendal and stopped off at Watermill Inn for some good pub grub!
Honestly, I didn’t want to go home! We’d had such a fun weekend making so many memories and I fall in love with the Lake District every time I go, which isn’t often enough. We’d laughed, got deeply philosophical and made the most of an amazing camping trip. When’s the next one guys?!