After a planned camping weekend in October was washed out, we decided to book another weekend away this side of the New Year. Keswick became the obvious choice for somewhere to go when the weather might not be so nice – it has excellent amenities and equally excellent options for both rainy day and dry day walks. So that was where we headed this weekend for a little pre-Christmas break.

On our way up on Friday we stopped at a pub for lunch that I’ve been wanting to go to since I lived in Cumbria. It is called the Pheasant – it is beyond Keswick close to Bassenthwaite Lake. It was filled with old world charm and didn’t disappoint. We ate in the bar area as Stella could join us although she wasn’t very happy to have to behave after almost 3 hours in the car but she did well enough – especially when there were a few people to say hello to there.

After lunch we had a little look around the shops of Keswick – the highlight for me was a little browse around the sweet shop and subsequent purchase. Then we checked into our apartment which was called Bag End. We had chosen it because it is dog friendly, had parking and was centrally located in Keswick.  It was really well fitted out and had lots period features balanced with modern comforts. Quite quickly we decided we liked it very much and by the end of the holiday we decided we would definitely stay there again. Recently I have been disappointed in one way or another with products or services so it was nice that Bag End exceeded our expectations.

The forecast wasn’t great for the weekend but it seemed to improve slightly so on Saturday morning we decided to risk it and set off with Skiddaw in our sites. Skiddaw is the 6th highest mountain in Cumbria at 931 metres – we have been up it before but not for some time. There was a bit of rain on and off on our way up but in the end it was the wind that challenged our plans. When we couldn’t stand up about 1 km from the top because of the wind, we decided to abandon our summit attempt. The hail driving at us also helped to secure the decision. We still managed a good 15 mile walk and I was especially happy because my camera got some action too.

On Sunday we checked out of Bag End and then headed up Walla Crag over to Ashness Bridge and back along the lake. The weather was much kinder to us and we enjoyed the walk very much – the views of Derwentwater were stunning.

I wish we could have stayed in Cumbria another day but we had a good journey back down south where I spent the evening productively baking some Christmas treats. On the way home, I was looking at Bag End’s availability for next year on my phone so hopefully we’ll be back there again sometime soon – this time for a bit longer!