Sophie visited a few places in the Lakes. Firstly,
Fell Foot Park. It's a National Trust country park
/ gardens. You can sit by the lake and swim (if you're
brave enough). They have parking (pay + display),
a shop, cafe and toilets.
Then Sophie went for a walk around Loughrigg Tarn.
This is reachable as a longer walk from many places
but a quiet afternoon / evening amble around the tarn
is pleasant. You can find it north of the Ambleside
- Coniston road at Skelwith Bridge. (Easiest access
is up the "Access Only" road on the bend
just before Skelwith Bridge - though naturally that
would be against the highway code to drive.). Then
park anywhere at the top of this and follow the footpath
to your right around the back of the farm and upto
the tarn. A circular walk brings you back to the car.
You've also then got the walk up to Skelwith Force.
This runs up the Brathay from Skelwith Bridge at the
Kirkstone Quarries shop / restaurant. (Very nice but
not cheap). It runs up the Brathay past Skelwith Bridge
into Elterwater in the Langdales. It's a fairly flat
walk, the later part of which is OK for buggies etc...
There's an NT car park near Skelwith Force and another
in Elterwater itself.
Finally, Sophie also has to visit the gingerbread
shop in Grasmere. There's only one of these which
is the little old building on the corner next to the
church. The ideal way to enjoy it is warmed for 10
secs in the microwave and with Ice Cream!