Bunkhouse Break in the Lakes – Airbnb family adventure 

As Dougie’s Birthday approached and lots of requests from him and Finlay to escape and climb a mountain, I started to plot a plan to celebrate as a family and combine a walking break for him! I decided to look at budget family breaks in the Lakes.

I started scouring different available  accommodation that would sleep a family of 6 as we needed a little more protection than a tent, as the weather was still a bit unpredictable for camping. There was no glamping options for our party size available last minute so I checked out the airbnb website. With plenty to choose from I noticed the Bunkhouse accommodation, something I have fancied trying out before. So I downloaded the airbnb app and contacted the owners and booked a 7 bed room in a beautiful quiet national trust area in the Lakes. 

The Bunkhouse was sandwiched between a hotel and a national trust public house so we could celebrate and have 2 nights off from cooking -perfect! 

The walking from the Bunkhouse was very simple. The Bunkhouse itself sits at the start of the Wainwright classic ‘Langdale Pikes’.  Dougie and Finlay completed this route on day one while I took the little ones to Beatrix Pitter museum and had a ferry boat ride on Windermere. The next day we went up the route of the Langdale Pikes as a family to the lake below the first summit and picnicked there, with sausages & eggs appearing from Dougies rucksack along with a gas cooker & frying pan – there were several envious glances as the smell drifted around! The following day we went walking to see the famous Wildcat Island from Swallows & Amazons, and stumbled across a lovely quiet spot on the shore just across from it to spend some time.

We had to take our own duvet/sleeping bag, towels (sheets and pillows/pillowcases were provided) for the bunk beds and single bed in the room. The accommodation was very basic but clean. Toilet block, with a shower, kettle in the room and nothing else provided. There was space for drying kit out and boots etc.  I have never stayed in a youth hostel before but Dougie has lots and assured me that this is of a similar set up. There was no kitchen at this Bunkhouse so we just used the space in our room to store breakfast, snacks and lunch. 

This was a great adventure for the kids who loved sleeping in the sane room – as annoying as they were at 9pm after a busy day of fresh air – but we still had a giggle. The area was breathtakingly beautiful with waterfalls, etc etc to explore and of course to picnic! The public house was a real gem and great for much needed comfort food and drink at the end of a busy day. 

We were very lucky to get good weather which makes such a difference to explore the Lakes, and with the fact that the whole booking process was so simple the break was a breath of fresh air (apart from the occasional fall out from the monkeys!).

We would highly recommend making time to visit this area in this manner, as we all had a great time and there was something for everyone.

Geocaching – family treasure hunt! 

Back in 2012 when we lived down south we used to take Finlay and Daisy out looking for caches (treasure boxes) around Hampshire and Surrey. It was a really good way to motivate little legs to walk our then family dog Bailey around town and surrounding countryside. Our move to Germany and then our return to the Uk saw us take up other family activities and so we forgot about the fun that can be had hunting around looking for clues and caches. A real life treasure hunt! 

Teddy has recently been asking to do treasure hunts at home for his sister to find his hidden treasure (mainly chocolate treats!) This new interest of Teddy’s gave me the idea of experiencing geocaching again and for Teddy a first. As you will see in the how to video he really embraces the challenge and he walked really far! 

The app is easy to download and then source a cache that is easy for beginners/children it provides gps tracking to the site and then you search within around 30 metres of the pinpoint. Do check the information from other geocachers to make sure the cache is active before you set off! If you struggle to find the cache you can usually find clues from others on the cache info.  Caches are hidden all over the world and to sum it up it’s Technology in the great outdoors, thrown in with a puzzle of problem solving clues to search out a waterproof box/tube. The cache contains a logbook & pencil to enter your details and some treasure of little value e.g small toy, penny, badge etc. You’re expected to log your name and leave a small item in replace of an item of your choosing. Carefully putting the cache back you also then log your find on the geocache app or website. These caches are everywhere and maybe even right outside your home, workplace and favourite haunts. Just remember one thing try not to be seen searching it out and replacing the cache as you don’t want muggles catching you in the act! 

So get yourselves outside using the app and get searching. If you  can sign up to our blog email updates and let us know you’re geocacheing experiences then do Please watch our video of our 2 middle ones discovering the joys of geocaching in a nearby village once again! 

Happy Hunting! 

Winter Woods- Explore this half term



We love exploring the outdoors all year round. This time of year is all about blowing the cobwebs away and spotting the first signs of spring. Spotting the first snowdrops and daffodils really cheers you up!  So enjoy wrapping up and getting outside this half term. The kids can be free to climb a tree, play with sticks or collect stones & feathers. Take a flask of hot chocolate,  make up wraps on the go outside, or like us cook outside as food always tastes better out in the wild!

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