The weather forecase yesterday was pretty good, so I took another day off work and headed up tot he Lake District. We parked up in the car park by the lakeside at Keswick and took the launch over Derwent Water to Low Brandleow where we started the ascent up Cat Bells. Unfortunately as we only arrived midday and the launch was running on the winter timetable we only had enough time to get up to the first summit before we had to turn back so we could catch the last launch back to Keswick to retrieve the car. Nevertheless the climb was worth it for the views even if we didn’t make it all the way to the top.
Afterwards we had a wander round Keswick and had a coffee beore driving down towards Windermere past Helvelyn, Thirlmere and Grasmere. We stopped off in Ambleside where we found a really good Italian restaurant (Dodds on Rydal Road) where we ate. The menu was more imaginative than the usual fare and the food delicious and good value – highly recommended. We had a wander round the town before heading back home.