Just out from a month-long lockdown and am feeling as free as a bird. Now that London is under the Tier 2 restrictions, traveling to certain parts of the country is made available. On the occasion of our 1st Anniversary and the end of the lockdown, my husband and I planned a short getaway to this beautiful county in Cumbria called Lake District National Park.
Lake District is also known as the ‘Lake land’ and it lies in the North-western region of England. It is one of the most popular holiday destinations and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017. It is considered to be the wettest place in England. It is mainly surrounded by lakes, forests and mountains also referred to as fells. It is home to several famous poets and authors of the era like William Wordsworth, John Ruskin, Beatrix Potter, etc.
Summary of My Tour
The entire trip was curated by Viator a TripAdvisor company. All the tours and transfers were arranged by The Mountain Goat an award-winning No.1 Lake District Tour specialist. They were established in 1972 and got their name from a customer commenting that their buses climbed the Lakeland fells like A Mountain Goat.
Our Mountain Goat minivan halted near Kirkstone Pass.
Day 1: London – Windermere took us around 3.5 hrs by train. Our stay was arranged at hotel Lindeth Howe, once owned by Beatrix Potter. The hotel is inspired by the works and collections of Beatrix Potter’s books. It is a 34 room hotel located near Bowness Pier with a 10-minute driving distance from Windermere station. Social distancing and hygiene measures are well taken care of. The food is delicious and well presented.
Lindeth Howe Hotel
Day 2: Started our day by visiting a Victorian neo-gothic revived castle namely Wray Castle. The castle is sitting on the shores of Lake Windermere with turrets, towers, and informal grounds. The castle was built by Dr. James Dawson, a retired Liverpool surgeon for his wife using his wife’s inheritance allegedly without her knowledge.
Further, we proceed to Hawkshead a small and quaint medieval village in Cumbria. One of the beautiful churches called St Michael and All Angel’s church is located in a fine position overlooking the village with a great view of the fells. The small town has lots of cafes and inns nearby to enjoy some good coffee and grab a quick bite. That’s exactly what we did. A quick bite and coffee at a small cafe called Ginny’s Teapot. Also not to miss out, this a pure vegetarian cafe.
The next stop was a popular tourist attraction and a picturesque tarn in the Lake District area. It is called Tarn Hows. It is a beautiful spot that cannot be missed.
Every little corner in Lake District is spectacular. It is a pleasure watching every spot you come across while traveling. The Lake District is formed by 16 major lakes and many other water bodies.
We finally ended our day by cruising on Lake Windermere. It is the largest natural lake in England at 10.5 miles long, one mile wide, and 220 feet deep. The newly launched boat (Swift) sailed from Ambleside pier to Bowness pier in 30 minutes.
Day 3: The most awaited day, as it was covering 10 spectacular lakes of Lake District with other towns and beauty spots. Started our day early, covering the ten lakes in order were Windermere, Rydall Water, Grasmere, Thirlmere, Bassenthwaite lake, Ennerdale Water, Buttermere, Crummock Water, Ullswater, Brothers Water.
The 5 major spots were Ullswater – 2nd largest lake, Castlerigg Stone Circle – Stonehenge-like stone circle surrounded by stunning views of fells, Ashness Bridge – the most photographed bridge in Lake District boosting over mesmerizing views of Derwentwater, Honister Slate mine – located at the head of Honister pass and home to iconic Westmorland green slate, Grasmere – famous for Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread & William Wordsworth.Splendid view of snow capped fells at Castlerigg Stone Circle.
On our way, we also visited the small town of Keswick. This pretty market town offers a wide range of attractions for visitors, from shops and restaurants to museums with a difference, and boating trips around lake Derwentwater.
This was the best day as we could experience nature at its truly best. With views of snow-capped mountains, narrow roads meandering between the valleys, and a lucky chance to see a brilliant sunset near the Kirkstone pass, making it a perfect moment to remember.
Sunsetting on Kirkstone Pass
Day 4: It was time to say goodbye to this amazing place. Missing it already and reminiscing the wonderful landscapes and panoramas.
“You may leave the Lake District, but once you’ve been, it’ll never leave you…”
So apt. Mere words or pictures cannot do justice to the splendor of this place. One must definitely put this on their travel bucket list. You never know what’s around the next corner: an unforgettable view, a moody fell, a translucent lake.
After visiting this gem, I now realize why this has been every poet’s favorite. Many of William Wordsworth’s poems are inspired by the places he was surrounded with.
Lake District is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth. Luring landscapes, mightiest mountains, deepest lakes, there is no better backdrop for your selfies. This definitely is a place to be.
Even though I am back from my trip, I am still reminiscing the serenity of lakes, tranquil towns, snow-peaked mountains, and the grazing sheep on the lush green valleys. This is one of my most memorable trips.
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Yashvi was born and bought up in the “City of Dreams” – Mumbai, India. She recently moved to London and has fallen in love with the city.
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