There are so many places I would love to travel to, many of which are on the other side of the world (Australia, New Zealand and Fiji I’m looking at you) but there are actually some really lovely get-aways right on the doorstep. Last year, I visited the Lake District for the first time and was completely blown away by the views, walks and places to explore.
We drove down in Fliss the sturdy yet slightly unreliable Ford and stayed just outside Keswick on a working farm. Our room was stunning with beautiful views, wooden beams and had all the amenities we needed (and more) for a comfortable stay.
Keswick is a beautiful little market town in northwest England’s Lake District National Park. Surrounded by mountains, it is hugely picturesque and has a real community-feel to it. We really enjoyed wondering through the centre of town, having a good old browse in the Keswick Bookshop (where we also sheltered from the pouring rain) and Bookends (another lovely little bookshop well worth checking out). Be sure to indulge at Ye Olde Friars Sweetshop -such a gorgeous, traditional sweet shop and the perfect place to pick up some sweet treats.
If you are into the theatre then it’s definitely worth checking out the Theatre by the Lake. It is in a beautiful position, overlooking the Derwentwater and the surrounding fells and is very close to the town centre. Have a look at what’s on here.
The Derwentwater Marina and Fitz Park are also very much worth checking out and if you are there at the weekend, be sure to check out Keswick Market too.
Lunching in Ambleside
Just a 30 minute drive from Keswick is the very beautiful Ambleside. We stopped here for lunch at a wee independent, family run, Café and Bakery called The Apple Pie. This gorgeous two-storey craft bakery has plenty of seating, and is dog and walker friendly (thankfully as we had very muddy boots on when we visited). They are open seven days a week, from 9:00am to 5:00 pm and the staff are really friendly and attentive. Definitely worth a visit if you are staying nearby!
Pottering around Windermere
For Beatrix Potter fans, visiting Windermere is a must! Visit Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse at Hill Top. It’s a National Trust property so members go free and it’s a brilliant time capsule of her life. We had enormous fun going around each room and reading where she got the inspiration for each character. The garden was perhaps the best part- beautifully maintained and so like the gardens in her illustrations featured in her books.
As we just went for a long weekend, we didn’t manage to squeeze in any long walks or treks. We also visited in October, which was the warmest (or sunniest) time to visit! Nevertheless we had a wonderful time exploring some of the gorgeous places the Lake District has to offer and it’s definitely somewhere we have on our ‘to re-visit’ list!