As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and before we knew it it was our final day of our weekend away…shocking!
Not wanting to leave without taking in a final view of Windermere, and with the weather not looking too bad, an easy walk up Gummer’s How was planned before hitting the road home.
With less than 400 foot of climbing, Gummer’s How wasn’t exactly what you would call a big hill. That said, with the starting point at the car park already being over 600 foot above sea level, we were hopeful of some impressive views from the top.
We were in no rush so the stroll up was at a very leisurely pace, taking in the views and scenery, trying to soak in as much of the Lakes as we could before our brief visit was over. At the top the wind was a little bit on the chilly side and having taken some snaps at the trip point we made our way back down again to the car, a little sad to be leaving such a spectacular area of the country.
Wainwright wrote about Gummer’s How in his book “The Outlying Fells of Lakeland”. He described it as “an old man’s mountain”, and says: “And when ancient legs can no longer climb it know ye that the sad day has come to hung up the boots for ever and take to slippers”. Hopefully that day is a long way off for us but it made for a lovely final stroll before heading home, and back to reality.
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Being newly signed up members of the National Trust, we thought we’d break up the journey home with a stop-off at one of their houses.
Looking for something suitable the night before we came across Dunham Massey, an 18th century house outside Manchester with a nice garden to stretch our legs around. So, hill walking done we said goodbye to Windermere and hit the road to Manchester.
When we got to Dunham Massey the car park was pretty full, even with the slightly chilly weather and large puddles dotting the car park.
Not wanting to stay for a ridiculous amount of time we just got tickets to see the gardens, thinking a little stroll and spot of lunch would be plenty to break up the long drive home. That and the fact that we had to be back in time for Asri and Eleni being dropped off by their dad, something we didn’t want to be late for!
It was all a bit chaotic to be honest as there was an Easter egg hunt going on in the grounds, which meant lots and lots of children all running round trying to find the clues so that they could claim their prize. We managed to chill out though as we walked round the place, which was the idea.
The cafe was absolutely mental busy, and the queue was a bit of a shambles if I’m honest. Whoever decided to put the hot drinks at the till should be shot! Everyone was getting the till, ordering drinks, and then waiting there, holding up the queue. It was ridiculous to say the least. We struggled on and managed to grap a table – again, not an easy task with the amount of people there – resting up before hitting the road home.
Having used our National Trust membership a few times over the weekend we reckoned we’d already saved over £40 in visits and parking, already a third of the yearly cost! It wouldn’t take too many more visits, especially taking all of the girls, before we’d be quids in on the membership fees!