My top 5 walks in the Lake District

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Kicking it off with number 5 of my top 5 walks in the Lake District and although this took a lot of thinking about, I've decided to go for Wainwrights favourite and where his ashes were scattered, Haystacks in Buttermere. We completed this walk back in February and have plans to revisit and stay in the bothy overnight. I had planned on visiting for the New Year, although we don't have good enough sleeping bags and as we were out on New Years Day, it's best we stayed close to home.

If you're planning on completing this walk then I would advise arriving early because the car park is only small and get's full pretty quickly. I would also suggest bringing a bag of change because you do have to pay for parking and there is also a little hot drinks kiosk open on the way back down, by the carpark, so it's nice to get a hot drink before setting off home, or an ice cream if it's the middle of summer!

You can view the walk here.

Crinkle Crags in picturesque Langdale takes 4th spot. It stood a firm favourite of mine for a very long time, however after doing far too many walks in the Langdales, I did get a bit sick of the same sight. Don't get me wrong, the views are great but for me, it takes a lake to truly woo me (if you can be woo'ed by a walk, lol).

You can start this walk by parking in the Sticklebarn National Trust carpark, which you can sign up for around £5 something per month so as long as you have your National Trust card with you, you won't need any change to pay for parking! There are quite a lot of spaces here and I've never actually seen it full so setting off at anytime of day should be fine.

You can view the walk here.

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Stickle Tarn

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Ok, so I know I mentioned earlier that I was a little fed up of the Langdales but I couldn't get to my top 3 and not mention The Langdale Pikes. Even if you just head up to Stickle Tarn and enjoy a bacon sandwich and a hot chocolate. And, if it's peak summer time then you could even take a swimming costume and go for a dip, followed by a drink or even some grub at the Sticklebarn pub. I've never actually eaten there but I've heard good thing's and I know they're trying their best with the environment and sustainability.

I actually never managed to do any wild swimming this year which I'm pretty gutted about but next year, Stickle Tarn, I'm coming for you! 

As I mentioned above, the car park here in run by the National Trust so if you're a member there is no need for change! If not, then keep a pot on coins handy in the car.

You can view the walk here.

Rolling in at number 2 has got to be High Street. The secludedness of it, less people, the views, oh man the views. You can see so many other mountains from the top of High Street, it's actually quite magical reaching the top which is perfectly flat and weirdly the grass is so soft, there doesn't seem to be any stones dotted about which is a weird thing to notice but for some reason that's what I remember most!

The day we completed it was so weirdly quiet. We enjoyed our sandwiches and soup after just reaching the top and found a stone to sit on and bask in the sun before setting off again. I always find it difficult to set off again after lunch, it's like my body seizes up! Anyone else?

If you are into mountain biking, this is also a great mountain to tick off. I wouldn't take the route we did on a bike but I'm pretty sure there are alternative routes up. Once you are up there the terrain is perfect for bikers and we came across a lot of them during our walk along the top.

You can view the walk here.

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At number one *drum roll please*, Buttermere Edge. Located in... well, Buttermere! I love this one because you get the views of Buttermere and Crummock water, Haystacks, Great Gable, Kirk Fell, also Ennerdale water to the West, and an incredible view of Pillar Rock to the South West, which we hiked to earlier in the year from Wasdale. You can read about that one here as it was a fairly special walk for me and one I'd like to do with both my Dad and brother Alex.

As I mentioned earlier, parking for Buttermere isn't great. It's a fairly popular place so make sure you get there early with plenty of change.

You can view the walk here.

And there we have it, my top 5 walks from 2018! I'm not sure there are many more that will top these here in the Lakes so I'm planning/hoping to complete both Snowdon and Ben Nevis at some point this year. Josh is actually doing the three peak challenge this Summer with a bunch of friends to raise money for a charity, so completing them together first may be best for him to get a feel for it. Don't forget if you do plan on completing these this year, pack the right gear, check the weather forecast and don't go alone. There have been so many call outs for the Mountain Rescue team this year, don't risk your own life and someone else's too. On that note, I hope this post inspires you to get outdoors. Love, L.

Happy New Year!

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It's 2019! I can't believe I started blogging almost 3 years ago. Time certainly does fly! Here we are with a lil mirror selfie from NYD. We celebrated with family in Kirkby Lonsdale and yes I am wearing that SilkFred dress again, for the 5th time this Christmas. I'm sorry, I cannot help it, I just love the shape of it. You can find it here if you are still interested, although you're probably sick of the sight of it.

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Me, Alex, Josh and Dad on NYD in Plato's. I cannot believe how busy it was! There was a lock down at 4pm and we were stood like sardines for a good few hours.

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Bumped into my old science teacher and met this lovely lady too. Still can't believe she was my teacher, we look the same age, haha!

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Another blurry polaroid with an incredibly long pointy tongue..

Well, I hope you all celebrated the new year exactly how you wanted. I'm totally ready for a detox and some time off the pop, so I've set myself a challenge.. no alcohol until the day we fly to Thailand (that's 96 days from today), because obviously it's compulsory to have a glass of something at the airport to celebrate the holiday's. I'm also wanting to change my diet dramatically over the next few months and stick at it for, well the rest of my life. I thought if I don't change my outlook on fitness and nutrition now then I never will. It's only day 2 but something in my mind has changed completely and I'm excited to start seeing some results, lol wish me luck. I'm going to share my new years resolutions with you once I've jotted them all down. I feel like when you write it down it helps engrave it into your mind. Maybe that's just me but it helps! Anyway, Happy New Year folks. Lots of love, L.

Christmas!

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This top is now in the Zara sale which you can find here.

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Merry Christmas folks! Christmas just comes and goes doesn't it? I love the festive period but I'm quite glad it's all over. I cannot stomach anymore food or wine... or gin for that matter. I'm thinking of going sober from January 2nd until April 9th, I think I will feel so much better and focused! Although, we do have a couple of shindig's organised next month so I'm not sure I can just be driver for all of them but we will see! I'm currently browsing through the Zara sale and although I have zero money to my name, there are a few bits in there that would be perfect for holiday. Ugh, I cannot wait for pay day! I definitely over spent this Christmas and there is nothing to show for it! It's so frustrating. Money literally goes nowhere. I've been a little MIA over social media for the past week because I wanted to make the most of Christmas with my family. If I'm being deadly honest, I did not miss it one bit. I guess waking up to eat and sip some wine to then fall back to sleep doesn't leave you with much time to mess about on your phone but I truly enjoyed this Christmas. It was quiet, it was warm and cosy, happy and just everything that Christmas should be about. I got 3 presents, probably the least I have ever received but they were all awesome presents and stuff so practical for me. Now, I would say that I feel well rested but that would be a lie, in fact I've never felt so lethargic in all my life! I'm actually excited to get back to work and into some sort of routine. But first, we must celebrate the new year and for that we will be spending NYD in Kirkby Lonsdale with close friends and family. Perfect! Wishing you a very happy, healthy, fulfilling and inspiring new year. Lots of love, L.

Fresh cut for Christmas

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Good morning! How are ya? It's almost Christmas! I've finished work until Thursday, which is the longest break I've had during the festive period, the food shop is complete and all my presents are wrapped and under the Christmas tree. I think this is the first year that I actually feel organised and ready for Christmas and it's such a good feeling! I got my hair cut earlier this week at Colman and Colman, my second visit of the year. The last time I had my hair cut was way back in April, so it was in need of some serious TLC. I didn't want much off, just a tidy up and some thinning out because my hair is incredibly thick. It feels so much better and I'm already booked in for my next appointment in March, just before we jet off on our holidays! Last night we joined my Mum and Dad for a few drinks to celebrate their 25th silver wedding anniversary, such an achievement haha! Today the plan is to hopefully get to the gym before we go to Shaun's leaving do, he's moving to London to join his girlfriend Molly. I'm hoping it doesn't get too messy as I don't want to be hungover for Christmas eve drinks with my bestie Bethany (oh god, it seems like all we're doing lately is going out drinking!). Anyway, speak soon and enjoy the run up to Christmas!

Staff party

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What I'm wearing: Dress from SilkFred here, shoes from Public Desire similar here

Ah, I love this dress so much! The ruffled sleeves and the wrap over style is my go-to, even though it's taken me forever to find it. I initially spotted in for a family wedding we have in February but decided it would be perfect for a winter party instead, what with the long sleeves but a bit of leg too. It's a lovely heavy expensive feeling fabric and silky too so I thought it would be great for an evening abroad, like our month long holiday to Thailand in April, eek! Although for Thailand it would probably too warm, as April is the hottest time of year.

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The Roof Box company Christmas do took place last night and it's fair to say it got a little messy. We had so much fun and I ate too much I was almost sick. I also had work today but I don't feel too bad, so fingers crossed it doesn't kick in later today... We have another 'proper' works do on Friday at the local golf course and I'm hoping that one will be a little more tame than this one but knowing this lot probably not! At the moment I'm lying on the bed watching the rain drizzle down my windows so I'm sensing a pretty lazy day is on the cards, although I might venture out for a Christmas tree, then again I also might not. The Netflix film Mowgli has just been released too so I'm itching to watch that this weekend - it looks incredible! Anyway, thought I'd come say hi and update you with a few pictures. Speak soon, L.

Christmas dinner with the girls

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Outfit: Blazer and shorts from Stradivarius, bodysuit from ASOS, heels from Zara and necklace from Tiffany's.

I had actually planned on writing a little post here yesterday but I must admit that after a walk in the rain with Amy, to try and wake me up and shake off my hangover, I ended up back in bed with the worst headache EVER! Do not mix your drinks folks! So, here we are with a slightly different Sunday post to my usual hiking ones. It was so nice to meet up with the girls I went to school with, it feels like too long ago that we did something like this. We had dinner at the Mason's Yard, followed by the obvious White Hart and Bootleggers. It involved lots of shots, laughs and me making a fool out of myself, dancing hideously once again! Today we have food shopping to get and we are going to visit Dan and Meg's new house! I'm so excited for them. What do you get as a house warming though? Speak soon, L.

Landscapes from Bowfell

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I've neglected my camera lately and even though I try to take it wherever I go, I always end up using my phone because it's handier and I don't have to take the lens cap off, *excuses, excuses, excuses*. I did manage to snap a few on my Sony a5000 though from the weekend, not many but a handful and I do love the quality of the pictures so much more than my phone. I really need to get out of the habit but it's so much easier when you're uploading videos to Instagram - something I also need to snap out of because I wanna start vlogging so I can't upload onto Instagram as well as vlog because what would be the point in filming it twice? I'm thinking of doing 'my top 5 walks in the Lake District' as a round up for this year, what do you think? I think it's a good idea so that anyone who's stuck for somewhere to go can chose one and not be disappointed. Although, come to think of it I don't think I've been disappointed by any of the walks I've ever been on. Some are a little long and some don't have the best views but they all offer something a little different from one another and plus on a nice day it's the best and cheapest way to experience the Lake District, away from the crowds. Right now we are both tucked up in bed, I have the hot water bottle resting against my back, Josh is playing Call of Duty (he has until half past) and then it's time to watch Tales by Light on Netflix. It's a documentary on different photographers which I highly recommend if you love photography and travel. We both find it really inspiring and after completing our open water diving in April (providing I actually manage to go through the training), we both want to go diving with sharks after watching this. I can't believe how tame and friendly they are, it's incredible to see. Anyway, speak soon L.

Bowfell, Esk Pike, Pike of Stickle and Stickle Tarn / 12.5 Miles in 7 hours

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Scafell and Scafell Pike in the distance.

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Oh god, I sense that this post is going to go a little something like last weeks... Good morning! I am so so tired. Really though, I thought I was tired last week but it was a hell of a struggle getting out of bed this morning. I debated lying in until 15 minutes before work but then I thought better of it and decided to come here and share my Sunday post with you. I like Sunday posts, it seems like the only day we ever do anything besides from work or the gym! Yesterday we walked so far or shall I say too far. My little legs could just not take it anymore. We hiked up to our first peak of Bowfell, onto Esk Pike back down and up to Pike of Stickle and back down and around Stickle Tarn (where we cooked bacon sandwiches earlier in the year and the water was so still and quiet). Anyway, we had planned on going for a strong drink at the Brittania in Elterwater, FYI probably the smallest pub in all the land but has the cosiest lil bar area which is super snug after a long walk. Although, not good when you have to be home for a certain time for a roast dinner because I never want to move. Ah, I also had the most horrible dream last night.. It was time for our trip to Thailand and I couldn't find our passports, our car wouldn't work, Josh was still working and we missed our flight, it really was a nightmare! No wonder I woke up tired. Anyway, time for some chocolate porridge, with banana and chia seeds. Have a good week, speak soon. L x

Sunday’s in the mountains

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Good morning! Ah, I am so so tired this morning. Kinda feels like a good tired though, like I've actually done something to be tired rather than just being tired cause I'm lazy. Anyway, here are the rest of the pictures from yesterday. So golden and beautiful, literally the most perfect walking weather. I was recommended this hike again by a work colleague and did it disappoint? Nope! This one is called 'High Street' and is located next to Haweswater Reservoir which can be accessed via Shap. So, it's not exactly the Lake District and in all honesty I was surprised to find that this walk was even there because Shap is so bleak! We completed it in around 4 hours and we walked a total of 8 miles (ish), I didn't Strava it but Josh did - he also managed to stream some of the England game up there. Today, I'm back at work and back to healthy eating! I decided to have this morning off the gym as I went every day last week (excluding Monday), it was nice to lie in a little a relax this morning. Enjoy your week, L.

Our Annual Visit to Manchester Christmas Markets

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Hello, hello, hello! Good evening! Hope you've had a lovely weekend. The weather has been absolutely beautiful this weekend in the North of England and I'm so so grateful I now get my weekends free so I can do all the things I enjoy, like walking, eating, and shopping! I'm actually quite surprised that the only thing's I came home with from the markets were a pair of earrings from &OtherStories, a block of cheese and a bag of sausages. We buy them every time we go but this time we bought cheesy chorizo! I think you can cook them in a George Forman grill and the cheese goes all gooey and stringy in side, it's absolutely delicious and great for your figure.. I would be munching on one now but my Gran is on with roast ham, roast potatoes and veg which is most definitely needed after our 8 mile hike today - I'll post the photos from our hike tomorrow sometime because right now I just want to enjoy my brew and cuddle my cat. Anyway, I'll stop rambling! If you want to know where I got my fleece and bum bag then you can find it on my 21 buttons by clicking here, I've never used the platform before so let me know if you would just prefer me to link it here. Speak tomorrow, L.

Reminising

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The next time we visit Thailand it will be 2 whole years since we last set foot in the land of smiles. A whole month of sunshine, good food and easy living, how can I not be excited? I was browsing through my photographs and I don't think I shared these, so here they are! If you want to see the rest of them then you can view them by clicking here.

Obviously me being me, I have already planned everything so I can make the most of the time we have there, as next year we actually plan on starting to save for a house. Oh god, I was saying that two years ago and I still haven't saved a single penny! To be honest I'm really not that bothered that we haven't bought a house yet anyway, we will have the flat paid off next Summer and have plenty of time to save then. I'm just trying not to let anything worry me anymore because seriously what is the point? I've not been this happy in such a long time and it's all down to not worrying about money and life. Gah, I've totally gone off topic but it's true! Do not worry, it's a killer.

Anyway, I've told myself that I'm going to create as much content as possible when I'm away, so let me know if there's anything you'd like to see because I'd love to share it with you! Thailand is my favourite country in the world and I just want to share the beauty and simplicity it has to offer. I would tell you what I already have planned but I think I'll wait and show you when we're there. There is another 5 months to go but I'm hoping someone gives me some more places of interest. So if you're reading this post and you've spent a significant amount of time in Thailand, tell me what you loved about it!

Now, time for bed. I sacked the gym off this morning because this weekend absolutely ruined me but I'm back to it in the morning and will be training 4/5 times a week before our trip to get into decent shape - or one that doesn't resemble that of a potato. Just need to figure out a good diet because it's the amount of food I eat that lets me down! L.

Buttermere Edge

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I'm home, I'm finally warm again and my belly is full to the brim with roast lamb and roast potatoes. It's been the best day and I think this has to be my favourite walk, so far. Buttermere is beautiful and I love how tucked away it is from all the tourists and crowds, although we did arrive late morning and struggled to park because it was so busy. I guess everyone else had the same idea as us! A friend from work recommended Buttermere Edge and after completing Hay Stacks last winter, I knew I wanted to return and conquer another mountain. Buttermere is breathtaking and the views are pretty spectacular so with the weather supposedly meant to be fabulous this weekend we planned a hike! The weather wasn't the best (although I am warming to moodier days because they always come out better on camera than bright blue skies) but it was perfect hiking weather with a wind chill of -3, which felt so much colder! The ascent at the beginning is a bit of a struggle but once we reached High Stile it was a true breeze (literally). There are amazing views of Pillar, Pillar rock, Haystacks, Ennerdale water, Crummock water and Buttermere, the whole walk is just a perfect picture, which is why I took so many! Once we reached the descent from Red Pike my legs felt as though they were going to snap in half, going down hill is the worst! I hope you've enjoyed your weekend, whatever it is you've been doing. I now plan on eating as much lemon layer pudding drenched in single cream before I jump into bed. I swapped my summer duvet for my winter one yesterday too, so bed is even more desirable right now! L.