A Trip to the Lake District
The Lake District is the largest National Park in England, and (more importantly) it's one of the most beautiful places too. Known for its many lakes (surprisingly) and the famous poets that resided there, it's a fantastic place to come and relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Today I'll be going through my Lake District trip that I took in July 2019 to hopefully inspire someone out there who is interested in visiting the North-West of England.
We began our trip by checking in to our accommodation; the Four Gables Estate. A series of holiday cottages inside the grounds of a large manor house, it was a beautiful place to stay. Located near everything we wanted to visit, with tons of great walking paths nearby, it was ideal for our trip. We personally stayed in The Old Laundry which was perfect for our party of three.
Once we had checked in we went for a walk through the nearby fields and then cooked lasagne for dinner. If you're planning on staying in the Lake District I recommend taking your time and staying for a good couple of days, so eating out was not an option every day (although I wouldn't have been opposed).
Our first full day arrived and we began by setting off early on our twenty minute drive to Once Brewed. This town provides the starting point for a beautiful walk along Hadrian's Wall to Roman Settlements. It was breathtaking to see relics that were so old while also experiencing beautiful views. It's really up to you how long you walk for; it goes for miles. We went for about an hour and a half, as the weather was not on our side that day!
We then drove to the Housestead Museum and looked around the amazing blueprint of a Roman Settlement that still exists to this day.
Our legs aching from all the walking, we drove back to our cottage and spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing. We decided to splurge and get a Chinese Takeaway from the local town of Brampton. While it's nice to get out there and experience the local area, sometimes it's nice to relax indoors too!
Once again we arose bright and early to take the hour and a half drive to Keswick (home of the Pencil Museum), a small town in the North of the Lake District. It's incredibly pretty and vibrant, with many shops and restaurants to enjoy. We only took a pit stop here, pausing to look in a couple of shops, before driving twenty minutes to Seatoller.
Seatoller is known for its Slate Mine that guests can visit. On this occasion we skipped it and instead decided to go for a gentle walk along the river. It's an incredibly beautiful place to visit. Before heading back we took a quick stop for lunch at the Glaramara Hotel. The food was fine but the view was incredible.
Tired after a long day we drove back to the cottage to cook dinner (fajitas this time) and relax with board games and quizzes beside the fire.
Day four arrived and we began with an hour drive to Windermere for a relaxing stroll along the lake. We sat on a bench with ice cream and people watched. It was crowded as it was a weekend in the middle of the summer, so it was a great time to watch everyone walk by.
Ice creams demolished, we took the short drive over to Blackwell House. Designed in the Arts and Crafts style, this massive manor was beautiful, and has a complex history associated with it. I highly recommend giving this place a visit if you're in the area.
From there we headed down to Lake Windermere and took a cruise around the lake. This was maybe the highlight of my trip; it was so relaxing to cruise around the beautiful water. As a bonus, there are many million-pound houses on the waterfront that were fun to take a nosy at!
Suitably hungry, we took the fifteen minute drive up to the Mortal Man. An Inn situated on top of a range of hills, this restaurant is not for the faint of heart! While it was a short drive, it was incredibly precarious, with narrow one way roads up steep hills, with no places to safely pass cars coming the other way....which wasn't as bad as when you went back down the hill! Imagine the steepest road you can think of...this was steeper! We were screaming and laughing at the experience all at the same time! It was a lot of fun, but a little bit scary.
It was worth it once we got to the top, however. The restaurant was lovely, especially as we were sitting outside surrounded by rolling hills. We had fish and chips and a charcuterie board, both of which were delicious. If you're brave enough I definitely recommend this place!
Sunday was our last full day in the Lake District. We began by driving into Carlisle (a twenty minute drive) and exploring. We were actually there on the day of a marathon, so it was busy, but nice to sit and watch the runners go by.
We explored Carlisle Castle, which has a fantastic history to it, and then headed over to Tullie House, which is one of the best museums I have ever visited. I highly recommend heading over to Tullie House after your trip to the castle.
After a successful day in Carlisle we headed back to Brampton to get dinner at The Black Bull. A cute little pub with a roaring fire, it's something straight out of Harry Potter! There were a couple of shaggy dogs there as well sitting by our table; it felt very cosy. If you're staying near the town of Brampton I recommend giving this place a visit, we had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.
And that was my trip to The Lake District - I hope this inspired any travellers out there to give Northern England a visit. I had a fantastic time in the area, and we didn't even see half of the things there are to see, so give it a go!