We lie in on Thursday and take a lazy morning, with pancakes on the window seat looking out over the valley. In this, our little bubble away from everything, all is forgotten: school, work, exams, stress. Here none of this exists: just the valley and the fells; just the trickling of water and the bleating of lambs; just the breeze through the final daffodils, and the tranquility of an almost deserted landscape.

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The weather is less good today so I, having spread out our Lake District map across the living room and planned out a conveniently circular route, suggest we go to Grasmere for gingerbread, and perhaps to walk to Easedale Tarn for lunch. Attempting to find a parking space proves even more difficult than usual, so we end up taking a drive around the lake Рwhich gives G a real taste of Lakes roads with some 20% inclines!  On our second drive around the town however we find a space and, as the sun seems to be trying to break through the clouds, decide to head up the path to Easedale.

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We awake to sunshine streaming into our airy room. I am too happy to consider getting up, but G is in the kitchen whipping up pancakes before I’ve even remembered where we are. He brings them to me in bed along with the folder of ‘walks from the door’ provided by the owners of Manesty. I want to make the most of the sunny weather as it’s likely that it won’t last the week, so it makes sense for us to head upwards; as such, I flick through the routes¬†until I find the route up Catbells, termed ‘everyone’s favourite walk’. Judging by the fact that the pink sheet is more crinkled and heavily folded than all of the other routes in the pack, it seems a good choice. G agrees, and we spend too long getting ready before we head out.

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I turned eighteen on the 5th April. Days before I considered a blog post on the occasion, but I now feel it is unnecessary. Instead, let me share with you the week following my birthday: G swept me away for five days in my favourite place in the country, the Lake District.

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