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August 05, 2013


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Wish we in America could take a lesson from Brits on extended holidays! Here it is work, work, work and I get so tired of it. My hubby will be taking work calls on his phone as we walk through the woods. As he does work for a company, but is considered somewhat "self employed" as a sales rep, he gets NO sick leave, no vacation days, wears out his own automobile for the privilege of selling their products! Oh well! Isn't it so typical of men to have no patience to wait on a parking space or deal with crowds? Wray Castle looks quite amazing and impressive on the outside --too bad it is run down inside. Hopefully someday the interior will be restored in a beautiful way!


It looks like you had Such a lovely time-what a pretty place. You have such a lovely way of describing places and things.Looking forward to part 2!


It looks like such a gorgeous place and a wonderful time for all of you. I'm like you, I don't want technology on vacation with me, but we have been bringing a laptop these days. It is helpful to be able to look at maps and search for things to do and places to see, in case the original plans don't work out. I love your photos of the beach, it looks very peaceful there.


I am happy that you had a nice time with your family. I enjoyed the pictures and the post. Thank you for sharing them, Lucy! Each of your post make me dream!!!
Ciao, ciao,
Miriam from Italy


This brought back lovely memories of our holiday in the Southern Lakes at Easter this year - lots of snow all around, but we too went on the cruise around Windermere, and over on the little car ferry to Wray Castle. We also went pony trekking over the fells and had fabulous views of Morcambe Bay but oh my did my inner thighs hurt the next day!!


lovely story Lucy ..... had the same trouble in the car park when we visited, but did at last manage to park and visit Beatrix Potter. xx Joy xx

Cath Breen

Walking around the bay is lovely, into Silverdale and back into Arnside past the ruins of Arnside Tower and over Arnside Knot...about 7 miles I think for this circular route.


As always Lucy--spectacular...I feel transformed into the moment....your blog is lovely and as I only had a very short & quick visit over the pond this year with very lil 'me' time (I took my nearly 86 yr old Dad to visit family) ---I love your every description of your visit and wish I was there as well. I feel the need for a water visit frequently myself. ~Mary

Heidi @ The Full Vine

I love that your family doesn't have to seek out wild forms of entertainment. You all know how to BE together, enjoying simple pleasures and beautiful places. More families would be peacefully happy if they could learn that lesson. I love the picture of your husband and son's hands.


Lucy, you certainly know how to paint a glorious picture with words! Funny thing to me as an American is the only thing I have ever seen/heard about Youth Hostels are from horror movies here in the States. Thank you for putting a much more beautiful interpretation in my mind! My husband and I dream of visiting your gorgeous country and this is a wonderful option for lodging whereas I would never have considered it before!

Kate Eastwood

It's always soooo good to pootle, I think it's good for the soul! Haven't been to the Lakes for a long time but feel very tempted looking at your lovely photo's.

Helen R

Beautiful photo's.I have been to Arnside and the surrounding area many times.Such a lovely and unspoiled area of England don't you think? What a lovely place to have such a fantastic family holiday!


Looks to be a wonderful time! Your photos are always lovely ~ bringing us right along with you. Enjoy!

Lily S

Beautiful photographs Lucy. I am lucky enough to live in the area so it's lovely to see on your blog.


We used to youth hostel several times a year when i was younger. My favourite by far is Ambleside, right on the lake and a stunning old victorian hotel!

As for Bowness and Windermere, we have stayed in windermere twice in the past 18 months and have chosen a hotel in Bowness for our honeymoon in November, Lake Windermere is my favourite place in the world no matter the weather, i didn't even mind having to get out and push the car through the snow three times to get there when we went at the end of January!

Holley Downs

Thanks so much for taking the time to share these beautiful photos. I will never have the opportunity to visit and these are the next best thing!!!


Hi Lucy, beautiful photos, love the shots of lake windemere they gave me goose bumps, it's so beautiful there, I was on lake windemere myself last year all the way from Australia and I have a photo of me on the windemere ferry, a similar photo was taken of my grandma way back in 1974 when she returned to the UK for a visit (she was a Yorkshire woman) so now I have a photo of my grandma and one of me on that very special ferry , look forward to your next post xxBrenda


What a lovely picturesque area to visit. Your photos are lovely Lucy!
You are an inspiration creating family holidays on a shoe string. xx


It does look like a lovely peaceful place and brilliant to find somewhere much quieter than the Lake District. I do find it very funny that the River Kent happens to be in the North West - it's a similar feeling I have towards Leeds Castle being in Kent. It must be very confusing for non-Brit tourists! x

Jan Stewart

Hi Lucy - so pleased you enjoyed your visit to our wonderful part of Cumbria. I live in Sandside - the next village to Arnside - and lucky enough to have fantastic views of the estuary from my home. It is really sad that the brilliant Youth Hostel will be closing its doors shortly as it is currently for sale. We love having visitors to our special and somewhat overlooked area of South Lakeland and hope that you return in the near future.

Val C

Hello Lucy. Enjoyed reading this post as this is the part of the world I used to live in. Barrow in Furness is not the prettiest town in the world but it does provide easy access to the Lakes and the sea (piel Island being just off the coast there). Although I now live in a beautiful part of the Dordogne in SW France I still think nothing beats the views of Lake Windermere. However I have to say the climate here is much more preferable!


I know all these places so well Lucy, haven't been back for a while and won't be able to go again now, but lots of lovely memories came back reading this post. Thank you.


Oh Lucy, I've loved this post so much as everywhere you speak of is very close to where I live! Although I have passed Arnside many times on the beautiful, picturesque train journey, I have never actually visited ... But I feel I must now! The Lake District, is of course immensely beautiful, but we try not to visit during the peak season because of the problems with parking and crowds. Next time you're in the area, can I just suggest a visit to Piel Island, I've just blogged about it, as I'm sure your children would absolutely love it! There are no crowds and lots of exploring and adventures to be had ... while you sit on a blanket and crochet!

Have a marvellous Monday

Love Claire xxx


Beautiful pictures!
Lake Windermere is very beautiful.


Stunning photo's looks like your had a lovely family holiday. We just got back from a wonderful week on the Suffolk coast, so many photo's to sort through for the blog
Clare x

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