Long weekend and Navigation Training in Keswick

Jo and I took a lovely four day break to the Lake District on the back of our camping trip with the kids to the New Forest. We left on Thursday and headed to Keswick to setup camp, followed by a walk with Bronson before having a brew and then sleeping under the stars.


We had some rain overnight and in the morning so we drove to Ambleside town to have a look about and get some brunch. I was in my element finding so many outdoor shops in such a small space, Climbers Shop, Gaynors, Blacks, Mountain Warehouse, Epic Centre and others…  So a nice browse of most and a few purchases were made 🙂  Then we picked a cafe for brunch and what a find, we stopped at Cafe Treff, the food was delicious and we had a cheeky cake and that was just too nice!! 😀

When we got back to Keswick we parked up, pooch in hand and backpack on, soon enough we were walking along the river bank heading out to see some of the beauty the Lake District has to offer.


We finished off the day with the traditional Friday Fish & Chips from the Old Keswickian in Keswick town, well deserved after a 5 hour walk…

Saturday morning has arrived and the sky is a beautiful blue with a few puffy clouds and the sun is shinning, I got off to an early start for my Navigation Training course with Matt from Lakeland Mountain Guides Had a super day in the hills learning what I needed to be confident for an upcoming trip in the mountains where I will be navigating. Matt is a super instructor and highly recommended to anyone needing skills or a tour in the mountains.

Matt captured me leading us on the mountain to gain my skills.
A view towards Keswick from King’s How
A view towards Scafell Pike from Grange Fell
Taken with ViewRanger Skyline – Compass Heading : 201°, Version : 7.6.0(299), Field of View : 59.0, Device : iPhone9,4(10.3.1)
The Bowder Stone


Once I had completed my training course, I was off to pickup Jo and Bronson and headed into Keswick town with a quick stop to get a photo of our mascot #BarnieTheBeaver then on for a well deserved lunch, I was not disappointed either, had a super sandwich in Little Chamonix Cafe and piece of Lemon Drizzle cake that was not only huge but delicious so we shared that one…  We then spent some time walking Bronson and looking around town followed by a lovely coffee before heading back to the campsite at Braithwaite Bridges just outside Keswick.

Beautifully Presented Cappuccino – Tasted great too!
#BarnieTheBeaver at Keswick in the Lake District


Saturday evening was a walk with Bronson for an early night as we were up early Sunday for our trip back home. The weather wasn’t too kind whist packing up and for the first leg of the journey home, I took a different route home through the Yorkshire Dales to show Jo the viaduct at Ribblehead, but just as we walked over to it the heavens opened, so it was a quick snap of the viaduct and run back to the car, but drowned we were…

Ribblehead Viaduct

Had an amazing break up in the lakes and now preparing for my upcoming week there with my cousin Matt and friend James for a gents hiking adventure holiday 🙂

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