Sunday, 18 September 2016

Lake District: Part Two

Continuing on from Part One of my Lake District adventures, each day continued to massively differ from the next.  Just as I had remembered from my last stay in the area (many years ago), the weather can be bright one day and deliver torrential rain the next. I'll admit to having a serious soft spot for bad weather, I don't mean sprinklings of rain and cloud, but rather the kind of massive downpours that have you looking for cover and clouds that quickly descend over your surroundings!  Having said that, after a couple of days of beautifully eerie weather, a break of sunshine provided the perfect opportunity to walk to Rydal Mount, the former home of poet William Wordsworth.
Rydal Mount William Wordsworth home
Travel blogger autumn visit to Rydal Mount Lake District
Lake District William Wordsworth House Rydal Mount
Library rows upon rows of colourful books
Rydal Mount picturesque home of William WordsworthJust before you reach the famous house, a small café around the corner provides a cosy spot for walkers to have a break and enjoy a snack - which is just as well, as there's a fairly steep incline up to Rydal Mount!  If you enjoy Wordsworth's poetry, a visit to his former house will prove wonderful; it's a tranquil spot with various examples of his work and writing dotted throughout.  Personally, I found the visit to be inspiring, the kind of place that encourages you to think and to write.  His poetry takes on a whole new meaning:


Rydal Mount
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Garden of poet William Wordsworth
Wall of lush green ferns


My favourite restaurants in Ambleside:


Dodd's Restaurant

A lively place offering classic Mediterranean dishes from local produce 

Lucy's On A Plate

Delicious food and warm ambience with a homely feel (try the warm triple chocolate cake!)   

Autumn visit to Ambleside Lake District
Ambleside Salutation Hotel room service sandwiches
I'll always remember that day as being comforting, and not just for having spent time in Wordsworth's quiet home.  Afterwards, we decided to extend the walk and continue on for many hours across hills and over streams, something I'd forgotten just how much I enjoyed.  Anything that was worrying you quickly pales in comparison and the quiet is just incredible - often when we say somewhere is 'quiet', it's not without the faint sound of the radio playing, or rumbling of nearby cars.  However, over the Lake District's hills it's complete silence.  Anyway, a couple of days before returning home, I browsed the wall of leaflets at the Ambleside Salutation Hotel and came across one for Sizergh Castle...
Travel blogger visit to Lake District Sizergh Castle
National Trust properties castles in the Lake District
Interior of National Trust's Sizergh Castle Kendal
I'm really pleased to have come across the leaflet.  Amazingly I'd never heard of Sizergh Castle before, and although it meant (lazily recycling an outfit and) jumping back in the car for the first time since starting the trip, it proved entirely worth it!  The stately home conceals beautiful interiors, with some rooms much grander than others.  As odd as it may seem, I'd suggest reading the children's information cards within each room (rather than those intended for the adults) as they list much more interesting points about each room.  No, seriously - it was suggested by a room volunteer!

Sizergh Castle (National Trust)
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National Trust Sizergh Castle gardens in Kendal
Gardens to see in Kendal Lake District
Interesting history of facts about lettuce
The grounds were really well kept, with gardeners at every turn busying themselves with perfecting every metre.  In particular, around the back of the grade I listed building, you're met with a beautiful display of steps and lush green grass leading up to the edges of a lake.  Perfect in any season, I'd imagine!
Travel lifestyle outdoor blogger at Sizergh Castle
National Trust Sizergh Castle gardens lake review
Walking on roads through the Lake District
The very day before making the journey back home down to the South, we completed another walk (a mixture of hills and roads), this time from Ambleside to Grasmere via Loughrigg Fell, delivering that 'as promised' photo of me marching ahead complete in fetching hiking gear.  Funnily enough, out of the many images I have to remind me of my time spent in the Lake District, the above is my favourite - because in that moment absolutely nothing mattered, and what could be better than that!?

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Just stunning!!! Looks so beautiful there

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  2. Love that photo of the mist - this looks crazily pretty.

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  3. These photos are amazing....very suggestive, with something poetic and mysterious!!!Kisses
    Sophia
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  4. Aww! These pictures are super amazing! I love every bit of it.

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  5. How wonderful that every day you spent Lake District brought new and exciting adventures Gabrielle! That is definitely the mark of a good vacation IMO. I love that you found Sizergh Castle on this trip! Living is the S, they just see like far off fairy tale locales to me. Both the castle and grounds look spectacular and what a fun fact to learn about lettuce :)

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  6. Your photos are amazing!! Awesome post x

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  7. Awesome photography, dear! Love every bit of it! xoxo

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  8. Ahh I love the architecture and the cute walkways! The greens are so lush, would love to be on vacation right now :(

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  9. Oh wow your photos are just gorgeous, you really are so talented! I so want to visit the Lake District one day xx

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  10. Oh my goodness, I've never been to the Lake District but I absolutely have to, it's beyond stunning!

    Elle
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  11. Your photos are amazing, Gabrielle. I have never been to the Lake District. It looks like I'm missing out on a great experience.

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  12. Great post, loved your photos. It really looks like the perfect break.

    Gemma x
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  13. this place is so beautiful, so relaxing and ur reviews are always great!!!
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  14. Wow, so stunning photos and awesome place. I would to spend a weekend there.
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  15. Stunning location Gabrielle...hmmm I am not sure I like eery whether, but a spot of lunch/dinner at the restaurants you mentioned will wash the blues away! Ha. The stately homes are also very beautiful.
    Have a wonderful week!

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  16. I never had the opportunity to visit properly England but when I imagine it, it looks like this post. This is the charm of British countryside. It's so lovely and unique!
    Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures.
    xx
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  17. I really hope to visit this place one day. The first photo just drew me in. I can just imagine how beautiful it looks outside on a beautifully rainy day.

    XoXo Noma

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  18. Your pictures of the Lake District are so gorgeous!! My boyfriend has camped up there a few times but I've never been before. Definitely need to change that soon!

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  19. I also love bad weather! Makes me feel all cozy and happy :)

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  20. Wow, this place looks and sounds quite amazing, relaxing indeed! I love places like this, that allow you to forget about everything going on in your life and truly live in the moment, absorbing everything around you. I love the idea of visiting such a renowned author's home. You get to see what they kept near them that inspired them and it gives you a better idea of who they were as a person. I find it so interesting how the different cultures used lettuce! I wonder what exactly the Egyptians used the oil for, so interesting! Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you're having a great start to your week so far!

    XO,

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  21. the place looks lovely :) love the general homey/rustic feel of the place and taking walks with such lush greenery sounds heavenly. I am in dire need of a break soon. Can't wait to go on vacation

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  22. Beautiful photos-my favorite is the one looking outside the window! How lucky you can explore such a neat place!
    ~Katelyn
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  23. Love this series girl, so much fun to see all the gorgeous photos! And love bad weather too, haha it's just so cozy! Xx

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  24. Aah, I loved reading this post, I forgot how much joy your beautiful photography and blog brings me. Hope you've been keeping well Gabrielle and can't wait to get back into the swing of things ♥
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  25. Beautiful photos! It looks so pretty over there!

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  26. These are such incredible photos ohmygoodness, I fully just stared at the beauty in every one. It's taking me back to when I went, but I don't think I enjoyed my trip as much as you did - I blame it on my company though, because the place itself was beautiful. Glad you had fun!

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  27. It is so beautiful and magical there! Looks like it is straight out of a romantic novel. What a great place to escape to. Thanks for sharing these amazing photos and journey! xoxo, Christine
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  28. The place does look breathtaking. Great post .

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  29. This place is magical hun :) xx

    Hope you having a good monday

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  30. Ahh this place is like such a little dream! I love the random little cafe and the inspiration you experienced to write. It almost sounds like you had a spiritual journey through this place. This happens to me with certain places. I don't know what it is about them, but they just make you think and leave you inspired. Absolutely gorgeous photography. The city girl in me literally want to stay here for a week or two! :)

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  31. When it comes to fall and winter I am a big fan of "bad weather" as well. A downpour, a mug with hot tea and a good book... That sounds really tempting after a long summer spend outdoors.

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  32. Honestly such cool photos, would love to go to the Lake District!

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  33. Wow I'm speechless - that is my type of place. Thanks for always sharing quality photos and content - quite rare

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  34. Wow, now this is really interesting! I love Wordsworth's poetry, and visiting his home would be such an inspiring experience indeed. In this beautiful area, I'm not surprised he found food for thought and poetry! Sizergh Castle looks just as amazing. I love visiting stately homes, there is something so fascinating about them and their history (and the fact that I'd happily own one myself haha).

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  35. I absolutely LOVE this post, Gabrielle. The photography is spectacular, and I feel that I can mentally transport myself to that beautifully calm world with a charming town and Wordsworth's property - I LOVE his poetry! And I found the sign about the lettuce amusing. I read somewhere that it's good to give children lettuce at night to make them sleepy. :) Your outfits for that weather are also adorable! XO

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  36. Stunning, you're pictures are always so beautiful. <333
    Wish you a nice week...

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  37. Wonderful pictures! Love this place so much. You are so lucky :)

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  38. ...and what can be better than that? I do love that last photograph of you! Hiking is food for the soul I always say. I was looking forward to reading your part 2 because it is really a pleasure to get to know more about Lake District, especially with such a lovely virtual guide as yourself.

    The weather does look a bit dramatic and you know what they say about dramatic weather- it looks great on the photographs. That does happen to be the case! Moreover, it can look pretty darn good in person as well. Seeing the landscape clearer because it has been bath in rain, enjoying the views.... the contrast between the vibrant white clouds (that often follow a downpour) and the nature!

    How amazing that you got to see Wordsworth's house! He was such a brilliant writer and I still very much enjoy his poetry. Interestingly, his house looks exactly the way I would have pictured it...perfect garden and all ( I wonder was it so dreamy and so well kept up in his time)!!! That outfit you wore for the tour of Wordsworth's home is very stylish. Wonderful casual styling. Great tip about reading cards for the kids btw! I suppose that information for kids is often written to represent things in a fun way- and that makes for a cool reading.

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  39. It looks like you had such a lovely time in Lake District- it looks absolutely gorgeous! I definitely think I will have to add it to my long list of places to visit!

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  40. This sounds like another amazing vacation, Gabrielle and I know that complete silence that you're talking about. I experienced that when I was hiking up a volcano in Indonesia. It was quite eerie to be honest and it took me a while to get used to it.

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  41. These photos are all gorgeous, what a dreamy pocket of the world! I know what you mean about having a soft spot for awful weather. When you're in a location as beautiful as the one you were in I think the rain only enhances it!

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  42. You are on an endless adventure! I always look forward to seeing where you go next! This place looks so beautiful, lush, and serene!

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  43. So nice that the sun came out for you at Wordsworth's home and the castle! It can be quite wet in the Lake District

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  44. Absolutely love the photography, everything looks so stunning. Seems like you had a great time xx

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  45. The castle looks gorgeous, that is so handy that you came across the leaflet! I would love to visit the Lake District sometime!

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  46. This place looks like a great getaway! xoxo

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  47. Perhaps it's just my lack of adventure or my relentlessly romanticised view of the world, but there's something to achingly beautiful about visiting a poet's home. Such stunning photographs, Gabrielle! I also understand where you're coming from with the soft spot for bad weather; I especially love thunderstorms on lazy Sunday mornings!

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  48. oh wow this place looks so magical and enchanting :) I always love your romantic photography and your love for the details <3
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  49. I love how green everything is! You've captured it perfectly!

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  50. The Daffodils! I love William Wodsworth and his poetry, your post and these pictures moved me so much... You are a beautiful modern princess :)))

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  51. You never fail to capture a good photo. Everything looks so dreamy and beautiful to the point that it feels like the place leaped out from a book!

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  52. Beautiful photos! I love the lakes!

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  53. Beautifully written, Gabrielle! Love Wordsworth's poem, so full of inspiration and beauty! Thanks for sharing such an insightful holiday! xo

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  54. It's such a beautiful place ! i visited william wordsworth's house a year or two ago and absolutely love it , he's such a brilliant poet :) What a gorgeous castle and that triple chocolate cake sounds divine :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  55. Do you take the photos? If so, you have great skills! I love the point of view!!
    Looks like a great place.
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    1. Thanks so much Dora! Yes, I take all photos - besides the ones I'm in :)

      Gabrielle x

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  56. Oh I love the rain too! And this place looks so romantic and beautiful!

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  57. Gabriella, I love the way you describe your trips. It's like you transport us to where you are. In this case for example, I felt the peace you described and that shows in the photos. The first one, by the way, it's incredibbly haunting and dramatic. The quiet walk through Rydal Mount and the views of Sizergh Castle seemed so dreamy. <3
    xx

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  58. You are so right about being in the moment, nothing can beat that feeling. It is fleeting, but something about moments like those stay with me forever. Love your enchanting trip and beautiful photography, along with your story about the trip. It's remarkable to see what other places exist in this world, other than the one I know. :)) Enjoyed the poem, since I was once an English major in college. I appreciate poetry so much.

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  59. Absolutely gorgeous - your photos are always so pretty! Love the whole feel, absolutely stunning hun! I hope you're well and really looking forward to your new posts! Hope you have a lovely week! :)

    Layla xx
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  60. What beautiful pictures, I love the Lake District and usually stay in or around Keswick!
    Have a lovely day :)
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  61. These photos are just breathtaking! You always seem to find the coolest spots - like a CASTLE :) Looking wonderful as usual!

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  62. Such a beautiful place. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  63. I love the lake district! Looks like you really enjoyed xx
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  64. Your photos are always so perfect !
    This part is as beautiful as the first one.
    Thanks to share.
    xx,
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  65. I just adore the castle! The pictures are stunning!
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  66. Beautiful photos! I want to live in that castle lol <3

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  67. Those piano keys are so lovely! I like the black and white it gives it such a different look. Your photos are lovely, and I really like this place a lot it has so many unique treasures. I am a fan of jeans so I will say I just love your jeans in these photos and your bag is gorgeous! :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2016/09/hot-lips.html

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  68. I love these calming green sights! It looks like a fairytale!

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  69. I've not heard of Sizergh Castle either, but it was such a joy to read about and I liked that you've taken us on the second part of your Lake District holiday. Marvellous photos as always, Gabrielle. xx/Madison
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  70. I love the lake district, it's been ages since I've been and your pictures are amazing once again :)

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  71. So beautiful! Loved reading your post!
    Cheers,
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  72. What a lovely travel post. The trip was full of serene moments in nature and enriching culture! Got me itching to go check it out for myself.

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  73. I was here last week and intended to take a read but work and what not too be away and I side tracked a little. Finally I am back here again and boy I am glad I just did *_^

    oh my, Gabrielle! I am totally mesmerized by this visit of yours to the lake district. It sounded like the most perfect vacation ever - quiet, silence, cafe, long walks, gardens, children's information cards to read and poetry to marvelled over?? What could be more perfect than these. like you said???

    Yes, I have to admit, I have a soft spot for gloomy days too, but mine is not the overly heavy downpour ones, but rather the subtle drizzle, or perhaps it doesn't have to rain at all, just that grey gloomy atmosphere just excites me and induce much imagination that I so year for, at times!

    Amazing captures especially the first two visuals and beyond. You should know by now how much I adore your travel posts. Keep them coming, dearie.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend and brand new week ahead!!

    With love,
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