The Lake District has become one of my favourite places to visit in the UK. Since we arrived in June, we have visited three times and we’re looking forward to getting in another visit in December to soak up the Christmas magic.
A part of the Cumbria region in the northwest of England, the Lake District is made up of several stunning towns, mountainous ranges, forests, and is home to the largest lakes in Britain. For me, the Lake District is the epitome of traditional English countryside. Whenever I’m there I feel as though I’ve been transported in to a typical English TV show, like Rosemary & Thyme for example (I love that show!).
Perfect for a day trip, weekend away or even a weeks stay, there’s plenty to see and do in the Lakes. If hiking and outdoorsy activities aren’t your thing, don’t worry there’s plenty of warm and cosy coffee shop and pubs you can relax in, and many quaint villages to explore and shop in. Whatever you fancy, just get ready to soak up the fresh English countryside air.
Where to Visit
There are so many gorgeous towns to visit in the Lakes and I can’t wait to spend more time there to explore more of them. Here are the beautiful villages I’ve been to so far and I recommend you visit:
Ambleside – Lovely cafes and great walking areas.
Windermere – Explore The World of Beatrix Potter or relax by the lake.
Grasmere – Home to the best gingerbread you’ll ever taste.
Where to Stay
Laura Ashley The Belsfield – It’s a Laura Ashley hotel, so of course it’ll be dripping in beauty and elegance.
Linthwaite – With breathtaking views of Lake Windermere, Linthwaite is one of the most luxurious hotels in the Lakes.
The Swan Hotel & Spa Newby Bridge – We had a delicious lunch at The Swan last time we were in the Lakes, and I’ve been dying to stay there ever since. The hotel not only offers yummy, yummy food, it’s filled with gorgeous decor and is situated in the most picturesque spot.
Where to Eat
The Brown Horse Inn – We came here for dinner one night and I instantly loved the quirky decor. The fish and chips weren’t too bad either!
The Britannia Inn – The perfect pub to relax and drink mulled wine in, all while escaping the rainy weather.
Chesters by the River – For the BEST. CAKES. EVER!
Have you been to the Lake District before? What do you like to do while you’re there?
Want some more English travel inspiration? Have a look at my day in Chester.