On our recent visit to the Lake District I was blown away (again) at just how beautiful it is. We’ve only been to the Lake District once before, exactly four years ago to the week. I can’t believe it took us this long to return. With the car packed we hit the road praying that the weather would be kind to us on our latest adventure. It was (yeah!!!). The Lake District covers quite a large area encompassing a number of towns and villages each with many attractions.
It is important to remember that having your own set of wheels is next to vital here. There is of course public transport however how frequently the buses run, I’m not sure.
Another point to note is that there are over 50 lakes in the Lake District which the following being the largest 3:
So here are 5 places in the Lake District that we love!
We stayed in Ambleside on our last visit to the Lake District at Rooms @ The Pie which is a beautiful boutique B&B right in the heart of the village with the family run Café and Bakery, The Apple Pie right next door. With lots of lovely little shops, the cutest little building – the Bridge House, traditional English pubs and places to eat, it is a great base for exploring the area. If walking is your thing check out Loughrigg Fell which offers great views of the magnificent scenery.
The weekend we visited was actually the weekend of the annual “Kendal Calling’ music festival which attracts thousands of people. If music isn’t your thing there is still loads to do here including visiting one of the beautiful castles that Kendal is home to – Sizergh Castle and/or Kendal Castle. Just outside of Kendal located in Staveley is the Hawkshead Brewery which serves the full range of Hawkshead ales and delicious food, perfect after a long hike or as a rainy day activity.
Windermere the town has plenty of cute eateries and shops which are lovely to wander around, we personally love Forget Me Not which sells lovely home accessories. The first time we visited we bought a massive photo frame which now hangs in our hallway with all our favourite wedding photos in it 🙂 Windermere is of course on the banks of Lake Windermere making it a great spot for water sports or if you are not feeling energetic take a cruise round the lake on one of the many ferries like we did.
On the bank of Derwent Water Keswick has a lot to offer to those who want to get away from it all. Perfect if you enjoy walking/hiking amongst stunning scenary. Another location which is great for water sports fans too due to its location, with kayaking proving very popular in this area. There are also a number of museums and other indoorsy activities in Keswick which may be of interest to you including Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum, Keswick Museum, Dinosaur and Raptor Experience and the Puzzling Place.
Our recent stay saw us staying at the Beech Hill Hotel & Spa which, although not located in the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere it is only a 7 minute drive away. The main attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere is the World of Beatrix Potter. You literally walk through a a number of her stories and see hundreds of characters that she created. Great for kids from 2 to 102. There are also plenty of boat rental companies, why not hire a boat and whizz around the lake to your heart’s content.