As some of you may know, I’ve just got back from three days in the Lake District with my family. We stayed in The Old Vicarage in Ambleside which was the perfect base for our adventures.
Even though we weren’t there for very long, I like to think that we managed to fit a lot into our trip. My parents tend to spend a lot of time there so my mum knew all of the best places to go and made sure that we made the most of our short stay in the lakes. I thought I would pass on her wisdom and share five things that we did over our trip that I think you will like too!
1. A stroll around Tarn Hows. Is it a trip to the Lake District without a walk in the countryside? This is a beautiful one, with scenic views and an easy enough route that the entire family can enjoy. There are also plenty of benches so you can take your time and enjoy this, even if you aren’t the most sporty and outdoorsy. The picture above was taken there but really doesn’t do it justice!
2. Visiting Wordsworth’s grave. We actually had plans to go to Dove Cottage but it is currently undergoing renovations. Instead, we walked into Grasmere itself where you can see Wordsworth’s grave and the fantastic daffodil garden that has been put together in his memory. It’s beautiful and free to see.
3. Trying Grasmere Gingerbread. A little further along the road, you will find Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread. The only place where you can get this, this is a seriously tasty kind of gingerbread. It’s somewhere between a biscuit and a cake but nobody knows exactly what is in it because the recipe is so secret. Just be warned that it is a tiny shop so it might take a little while to get in.
4. Visiting Fred’s Bookshop Ambleside. Tucked away in Ambleside is one of my new favourite bookshops. Though small, Fred’s Bookshop is a haven for book lovers. There is clearly a lot of love in this little shop and it makes for a really welcoming environment to browse in. I almost spent a dangerous amount of money in here, especially when I noticed the handwritten recommendations.
5. The World of Beatrix Potter. This was a bit of a nostalgic one for me, as I visited this when I was much, much younger with my family. However, I can confidently say that as a 24 year old, it is just as magical. This really brings the wonderful stories of Beatrix Potter to life and had me desperately wanting to write my own stories too. Plus, there is a gorgeous gift shop that I just couldn’t resist. It’s in Windermere and can get very busy but it is worth it!
And there you have it! Five things I did on my recent trip to the Lake District that I would recommend to any one who finds themselves in the area.