Hiking in the Rain and Snow

You may know if you've been a long time reader of my blog that I visit the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District every April with my boyfriend Simon. My mum has a lovely cottage up there and we are so fortunate to have the opportunity each Spring to re-visit the area. 

It's one of my favorite places in the world and each year we try to do things a little differently. This year we were a little un-lucky with the weather but that didn't stop us from exploring the Dales and crawling through caves. Here are a few photos from our trip. I have a few pretty in depth guides to this area of England if you like to read more. Here's my 2014 guide and the 2015 guide.

First stop was Haweswater to see if we could spot the resident golden eagle.

As you can see from the photos the rain and mist only added to the slightly haunting atmosphere and beautiful russet colours of the hills. Sadly no golden eagle spotting for us.

After spotting some adorable lambs we headed home to light the fire and relax.

We also enjoyed a lovely walk from Langthwaite over the heather clad dales and past waterfalls.

I wore my new Seasalt waterproof jacket for the entire holiday, it was incredibly useful in the wind and snow! I recently popped into their store in Bath and picked up a great sturdy tote bag that I've been using everyday, I love their stuff.

Well hello Mr and Mrs Grouse. Aren't the dales so beautiful?

after our five days at the cottage we headed back to my family home in Newcastle to spend some time with my brother. Simon drove us to Alnmouth for some sea air and a walk around the village. I had an absolutely amazing smoked haddock mac and cheese on the beach.

It's always sad leaving such beautiful countryside to head back to London but we'll be back next year!

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