My favourite walk started from Little Salkeld and took us from the Old Mill coffee shop ( with toilets) past a stone circle of Long Meg and her daughters and to Lacy’s Caves. It was a lovely walk about 6 miles through woodland and fields with lots of wildlife and obstacles to get over which pleased the children greatly and meant we all got sufficiently covered in slime and mud for it to be declared a successful adventure.
A day trip to Lowther Castle and Gardens ,http://www.lowthercastle.org/
was well worth a visit with the largest adventure playground in the UK, the lost castle, which opened in August 2016. The castle and gardens were truly magical and we spent a whole day there exploring the grounds and doing the bear hunt. Plenty for all age groups and more walking done than on any other day of the week without any mentions of ‘How much further?’ I got so engrossed with the history of this amazing place I almost bought a book in the gift shop about the Yellow Earl! You can check out out other review of Lowther Castle here.
A walk at Wet Sleddale to see the famous bridge from ‘Withnail and I’ using Craig’s Trusty Walk, Jog, Run App guaranteed to take you off the lovely obvious path through a field of confused sheep into a marsh, led to our best adventure yet. We managed to get to the top of Sleddale Pike with Lara in tears demanding compensation for her experience in the form of a spa day and calmed only by finding 4G and getting on Instagram at the top. All of us except Craig who were in trainers were soaked thru due to the useless app and guide and covered in marsh and black slime and Craig was lecturing us on impermanence when he declared a small stream that he would carry the children over. Lara was grabbed first and imagine my glee as Craig took a step and sunk to mid chest into this huge black bog hole. Lara less than impressed jumped to the other side and became predictably dramatically hysterical whilst the boys debated whether the iPhone in Daddy’s pocket would survive. It made my day! If only I had got a photo. We even saw some otters playing in the reservoir on our way back to the car.