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.
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.
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.
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.
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?