A Weekend in the Lake District – Honister Pass and Butteremere

It’s quite unusual that Luke and I get days off together so when we do we like to play with the chances of either doing everything until we’re exhausted or have a complete chill day watching Netflix and eating all the snacks. This time however, we managed to get 2.5 days together so we decided to grab Buxton (the van) and hit the open road, we had already decided thanks to the weather that we were heading towards the Lake district for some well overdue lake swimming, picnic making and basking in the sun, with our checklist in hand we set off on our adventure.

First stop on the road trip was Windermere were we found this pebbled lake, we managed to wait about 30minutes before we jumped into our swimsuits for a crisp dip before sunset. We haven’t spent a summer in the UK in so long so why not embrace the weather whilst it’s still here, those of you who have spent quite a bit of time in the UK, will understand that the sun doesn’t stick around very long so get naked whilst you can!

After our ambitious swim we wanted to finish the day off with a sunset because living in the city doesn’t give you many of those, Buxton however had a different idea and overheated on the way up (just our luck) we managed to get to Honister Pass after our short cool down, but the sun was already setting by this point and we did our best to catch it but for some reason the hills seemed to go on forever so we gave up and headed back, not to worry though because we did catch the after light which illuminated the whole sky in a deep reddish colour whilst eating our delicious homemade chilli, ah Bliss.

Our next full day consisted of swimming around at Lake Butteremere, picnics on the lake, talking about everything and nothing, basking in 30 degree heat, eating a tasty vegan lunch at the Bridge Hotel and ended with a hike up to Scale Force waterfall which Luke had picked purely because of it’s name. We decided that we wanted to wake up and have a quick dip before we drove home so we parked up by Crummock waters with the lake as our first and final view to fall asleep too. As magical as this lake was, we found that it’s occupants – the toe biting fish weren’t our favourite creatures but still made the whole experience worthwhile.

This trip was everything we needed, it finally felt like Buxton was being used for his true purpose, adventure. If you ever catch yourself with a few days to spare, we definitely recommend breathing some fresh air, clearing your head and hitting the open road.


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