Hello my friends!
I took a little break for my birthday week, and it was so so needed and appreciated. During that time, my fiance took me to the Lake District for a weekend away. We had such a good time, I just knew I had to share it with you. If you don’t know, the Lake District is a mountainous region in the Northwest of England, famous for its mountains, and of course, lakes. It also has close ties to the poet William Wordsworth, and Beatrix Potter, the author of Peter Rabbit. So without further ado, let’s jump into the highlights of our trip!
Windermere is the largest of the sixteen lakes in the Lake District, and is surrounded by little villages and towns. We actually stayed overnight near this lake, in Bowness-on-Windermere. It is such a charming little area, and the lake is so impressive. While we were there, we took a boat trip, opting for the Island Cruise. It was such a fun little trip, and it only took about 45 minutes, but they fit a lot into that short time. On the cruise, we saw plenty of the little islands that exist on the lake, as well as several historical buildings that have been built on the islands. Whilst in Windermere, we stopped off to eat at The Albert, which I highly recommend, the chicken burgers are delicious. We had breakfast at Homeground, which is a super cute little cafe. I had the pumpkin spice waffles, which are to die for. Also in Windermere is The World of Beatrix Potter, but after reading the reviews, it seems like it is more for children. Since we don’t have any kids, we decided to give it a miss and head off to the next adventure.
Ambleside is another one of those super cute little villages, with little shops and cafes along the way. We stopped off to have a cup of tea, and have a bit of a walk. Ambleside is located at the very top of Lake Windermere, so you have a great view of the lake as well. It was all cobbled streets and stone buildings, I absolutely loved it. We mainly went to see the Bridge House, which is literally a house on a bridge. It’s actually really fascinating when you see it, and especially interesting when you think of the fact that it was built in the 17th century. Usually, you can actually go inside, but it was closed the day we were there, so we didn’t get to. Nevertheless, it was so cool to see. Another plus-Ambleside seems to be a huge dog-walking area, so if you love pupperonis that way I do, you’ll be in heaven.
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Listen, I’m an absolute Outlander fanatic, so anytime I can get to a stone circle, I’m in. This one is especially cool, because unlike Stonehenge, you can actually get right up to the stones and touch them. It’s really cool/weird to think of how the ancient people got them so perfectly in a circle, or managed to move them at all. Honestly, this is so close to Ambleside, so if you’re in the area, I recommend it. The views alone are worth it, and the photos just don’t do it justice. While I didn’t get to time-travel or anything like that, it was definitely worth the side trip.
Keswick is a little market town in the northwest of the Lake District. It is also home to the Cumberland Pencil Museum, which documents the history of-you guessed it-pencils. Vast Derwentwater is just to the south of the town, which you could do boat tours or go to the Theatre by the Lake. Another huge draw to Keswick is walking in the fells, but I’m not very outdoorsy, so we gave that a miss. We honestly just stopped off for lunch, because we were heading quite south, and knew it was going to take awhile to get there. We ate at The Cornish Pasty, boasting all sorts of pasties, which were pretty good.
You guys, this lake was so cool. It is the deepest lake in England at 258 feet, or 78.64 metres. It is really awe-inspiring, with giant mountains seeming to sprout right out of the lake. We were there just as it was darking to get dark, and it was a little creepy, but you all know I’m a spooky queen, so I loved it. The lake also has some spooky history, so if you’re into true crime, you can read about it here. We spent quite a while there, just sort of appreciating the beauty, and climbing around the rocky shore. It was honestly my favourite part, and while driving to get there was pretty daunting (think really tiny roads, with high hedges) it was worth it in the end.
We had the best time in the Lakes, and if you’re in England or planning to come on over, I highly recommend adding it to your travel itinerary. It was gorgeous, and just a breath of fresh air (literally). If you’ve been to the Lake District, let me know in the comments below what your recommendations are!
As always, thanks for reading & stay golden!