Over the first weekend in May, the uni girls and I had our third meet up of the year – each one is dedicated to one of our birthdays as they’re handily spread out of the course of the year! Rather than a meet up with a night out we decided to keep it chilled and head to the Lakes for a relaxing weekend with walks, views and food. We booked an Air BnB up in Windermere and drove up on the Friday evening. Luckily I’d been in Birmingham for my presentation so was already two hours more north than I would have been normally!
We awoke on the Saturday morning ready for a full day in the sunshine ☀, hanging out by Lake Windermere. First stop was breakfast – handily the top rated spot in Windermere was a tasty looking brunch spot, Homeground, a 3 minute walk from our accommodation.
Tash and I had spied some delicious looking hash browns online, having searched the reviews to see what others had said about this place. Keen to try them we shared a portion to complement our avocado & eggs on toast. Liz munched on a brunch burger and Steph & Poppy tried a stacked sandwich with bacon and eggs! The coffee was great but I have to say this was possibly the nicest brunch I’ve ever had – plus is was reasonably (northern) priced!! So good in fact we returned for a second round the following Sunday before our journeys home!
After we’d stocked up on hash browns, avo and crispy bacon as fuel we headed down the road to Bowness – on – Windermere just by the lake. It was here Lee and I had visited just last year at around a similar time – sadly it was freezing cold when we came!
We decided to take the boat up the river to Ambleside to enjoy the views. Lake Windermere is 10.5 miles long and at its widest is 1 mile wide, holding 69,000 litres of water – some of which is pumped to Manchester as their drinking water – much to Tash’s surprise! It was lovely to have the sun shining and we headed up towards the small town with the wind blowing in our hair haha! It was about a mile walk up from the boat to Ambleside itself, but the sun was shining and we were all feeling very relaxed! After a drink in sunshine and a walk around we headed back down to the lake.
The wind was picking up on our journey back but once back to Bowness we headed up the hill to get an ice cream – which Liz managed to get down herself about three times on the journey home 😂!
There were a couple of restaurants in Windermere that looked lovely, in particular the Italian on the corner as you drive straight up and another Italian hidden around the bend. We decided to do our Italian restaurant indoors after a co-op shop whilst playing board games and drinking prosecco and ciders!
As mentioned the following morning we ate at Homeground once again – this time with different choices, including some cake (Tash and Steph got granola which they deeply regretted once they saw our eggs).
We all piled into our cars for the journey home, this time with the sun shining across the beaaautiful scenery! Got to love the Lakes!!