The Lakes

The Lakes

Well, what can I say about the Lake District..? It is one of the most scenic and dramatic landscapes in the UK. I always love the drive up, well just the part when you enter the national park down by Windermere, the landscape just seems to change around you. You’re suddenly surrounded by lots of greenery, tall hills ahead and of course there are plenty of beautiful lakes to drive past. If you are lucky you may even see a waterfall or two.

Lake District

As I grew up in Hertfordshire it was hard for me to imagine we had such dramatic landscape in England, that was until I went to the Lake District for my Geography A-levels.

Enough of me going on about my fascination of changing landscapes (must be the inner geography geek coming out), here’s what you need to know about the Lakes…

You can stay in a bustling town like Keswick, we have stayed literally on Keswick high street in the Inn on the Square which has recently been renovated so it’s lovely.

Or you can stay in a more remote location which will offer tranquil surroundings. I love the Langdale Hotel in Ambleside. It’s a 4 star hotel which is set in its own idyllic estate. It also has a spa which is perfect to relax in after a fresh morning walk. I may have also taken advantage of the facilities and treated myself to a massage.

It doesn’t really matter too much where you stay, wherever you are it will be beautiful and within a short drive away from the next town. One of the many desirable things about the lakes is the change in pace. It’s so chilled and everyone is so friendly.

You of course have to take advantage of the outdoors and go for a few walks or hikes if you are feeling adventurous. I actually really enjoy a challenge and like to climb one of the hills if I can. The views when you reach the top are well worth it.


lake district


Last time we visited we also did a bike ride. We hired bikes from a shop in Keswick and found an abandoned railway track which made a great cycle route. Cycling under a tree canopy for around half an hour before reaching some quaint country lanes. It wasn’t a hard cycle so it’s suitable for all the family and there is a pub to make a pit stop in also.

lake district cycle

Grasmere is a must see, a beautiful village in the centre of the Lake District. There is a great pub called Tweedies I would definitely recommend for lunch. The last time we visited Grasmere we also discovered Faeryland Tea Garden which was situated on Grasmere lake. We rented some rowing boats so we could enjoy bobbing along on the lake. After we stopped for some tea and appreciated the views some more.

Lake District

There is still plenty of exploring for me to do in the lakes but I feel I have made a good start and am looking forward to returning. Anyone have any recommendations?



  1. 16/03/2016 / 1:01 pm

    A bike ride seems such a good idea! The Lake District has always been so appealing to me – definitely one for the bucket list!

    • Holly
      17/03/2016 / 8:23 am

      Hi Olivia, it’s well worth a visit if you have never been! And Grasmere is beautiful by the lake xx

  2. 15/04/2016 / 1:26 pm

    These pictures are amazing, such an incredible view and scenery.

    (p.s I have started a new blog series about people’s inspirational stories the first one is on my blog and Its a very inspirational uplifting read)

  3. 29/04/2016 / 6:07 pm

    I looveee the Lake District, but I don’t think I’ve been back since I did DofE which was much too long ago! Your pictures are so so lovely!

    • Holly
      29/04/2016 / 6:39 pm

      Thanks lovely! The lakes are beautiful, I definitely recommend going back 🙂 x

  4. 30/05/2016 / 7:14 pm

    Oh this looks adorable and exactly how I’d like to spend most weekends ❤️ I’ve never been to the Lake District before but I’m off there in a couple of weeks to Windermere I might have to check out another town/village whilst I’m there too


    • Holly
      01/06/2016 / 5:26 pm

      Thanks Eleri! Hope you have a fab time! Definitely try and visit Keswick and Grasmere they are beautiful. You also see amazing views when you drive around. Can’t wait to hear all about it x

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