Enjoying beauty of the Lakes

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Last weekend my wife booked her mum and dad a log cabin in the Lake District for Mother’s Day.

But the big surprise was, unbeknown to them, we would be there when they arrived!

They got covered in mud and swam in the river to wash off

I’ve always wanted to visit the lakes but never fancied the drive. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get there, especially with my wife driving so I could work on my laptop.

The in-laws were driving up from Liverpool with their best friends so we left early with our Border terriers Bollie and Gypsy and planned to have the log fire blazing for their arrival.

Mrs Cameron once studied Travel & Tourism so never fails to deliver, has amazing attention to detail and always sniffs out great locations and holiday homes.

Our destination was Skelwith Bridge, a tiny village on the river Brathay north west of Lake Windermere.

Our home for the weekend was a recently-refurbished four-bedroom log cabin, called Rosewood, built right on the river next to Skelwith Bridge in the heart of Langdale Valley.

The original wooden building had been used to billet local soldiers during the First and Second World Wars and became a tearoom in the 1950s before it fell into disrepair.

Skelwith Bridge boasts little more than a charming tearoom and gift shop called Chester’s, a local pub and a hotel, but its stunning scenery and location, between the river source at Elter Water and Ambleside, make it a favourite stopping point for the many walkers and cyclists who flock to the area.

For March, I was amazed at the amount of people out enjoying the surroundings.

Bollie and Gypsy were enjoying the change of scenery and a daily three-mile walk when they got covered in mud before swimming in the river to wash off.

All in all we had an amazing time and would encourage anyone to visit the Lakes.

I don’t like flying and hate airports, but my wife usually pushes for foreign breaks. However, I’m glad to say that following our visit she has fallen in love with this ‘green and pleasant land’ again – so my beloved caravan might see some use soon!

Antiques expert John appears on TV shows including Cash In The Attic and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and also runs Nesbits auction house in Southsea. E-mail auctions@nesbits.co.uk or call (023) 9229 5568.