Baby now 5.5 months old - first holiday last week. Here's my notes and a few snaps
Saturday: good train journey and pleasant welcome (if eccentric) from our landlady. Flat small but full of character - sadly a bit damp. Could be gorgeous if they could fix. Nice walk round loop in river before pizza dinner then bed.
Sunday: morning walk explore town more - very pretty high street - castle not much to see from outside walls. Random exploring of bridle paths - muddy but fun. Mum and dad arrive mid morning, time for some more pottering before good lunch at midland hotel - pâté was star of show - odd fruity beer. More walking after lunch - steps we knew about on riverside walk not much of challenge but the two kissing gates were rather harder! Late afternoon sitting on riverbank with drinks from cottage watching ducks and cricket (county cup final - first team to bat seemed to be winning but dunno if that was Keswick or Furness). Nice day.
Monday: took baby out for day in sling rather than pushchair - not too long a walk for first time. Along river Eden to Ormside - lovely mix of terrain and environment - gentle meadows, woods, fields, bits of steep bank, muddy wetland - all good. Proposed route back was foiled by 'deep ford' across the river which we failed to find - diversion was good though, about 7 miles in all. Ice cream sundaes and milk shakes for afternoon tea left no room for dinner. Missed the trotting races for the bank hol but didn't really mind.
Tuesday: big day out! Up Pen y Ghent by the route we came down it on the Pennine Way - baby's first mountain and he woke for the last ascent and a picnic and play at the top. Then down via a new route for us over Plover Hill (very peaty) and down to Foxup Moor - good paved steps but very steep and past some rather sheer drops, then back along the bridle path past Hull Pot (cool) to rejoin the route back into Horton. Lovely cool drinks and a play on the blanket in the garden of the Crown - where we just had time for dinner (good suet crust pie!) before the last (19:17) train home - late bedtime for baby.
Wednesday: train in the morning again this time to Ribblehead for a gentle potter around under the viaduct with the pushchair and (with a bit of a wait) a chance to see the Fellsman stream train in a classic location - baby slept through it! Back on the train to Dent for a walk down to the river for a picnic - we had a nice explore but decided Dent village was too far to get there and back from before the train home. Ended up with an hour's play at the station - should have realised there was a pub in Cowgill too and waited at the bottom of the hill rather than the top :) Saw steam train again briefly through window on way back. Much colder day though - glad of coats for us and baby.
Plans for Thursday and Friday depend a bit on weather - perhaps up Ingleborough or Whernside - perhaps a day out in Carlisle, possibly meet up with Steph in Leeds on way home on Saturday.
Thursday: a quiet day around Appleby - a lie in for me, some strolling with the pushchair, a nice lunch at Ruby's bistro (cafe I'd seen recommended) and some daytime telly and time just spent playing with baby. Batteries recharged.
Friday: an early start for the 6:30 train back down to Horton, so as to do some more walking before the afternoon's predicted rain. Hit the path before 8am for a really pleasant walk up Ingleborough and back down the same way. Despite being a little taller we reckon it was probably easier going than Pen y Ghent, and it was certainly a lot quieter - met only one group on the way up! The top was in the clouds, and almost alien over the plateau to the trig point. Stopped for elevenses part way down and still got back to the station by 1pm - halfway between trains so with an hour to kill :) Still home early enough to have plenty of time to pack, get curry for tea and an early night.
Saturday: baby woke us early again, though we each got about 30 minutes doze in shifts before it was time to get up. Reasonably early train to Leeds to meet Steph, Dave, Ollie and Izzy. A visit to the fair - where I bought them a ride - and then lunch in the cafe of the City Museum - which we must visit properly some time - though the stuffed tiger and skeletal moose were awesome. Really lovely way to break up a long journey and fab to see everyone! Home now and all unpacked, tired, with a slightly clingy baby, but happy to have had a lovely holiday.