A Quick Getaway to the Lake District – What to Do, Where to Eat & Where to Stay

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.


Lake District, Cumbria, England, UK


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.


Grasmere, Lake District, Cumbria, England, UK


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.


Swan Hotel, Lake District, Cumbria, England, UK


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!


Chesters, Lake District, Cumbria, England UK



Have you been to the Lake District before? What do you like to do while you’re there?

E. Xx


The Brown Horse Grasmere Boats in the Lake District Cafes in Ambleside Beautiful English buildings Countryside in England Windermere English Countryside The Brown Horse



Want some more English travel inspiration? Have a look at my day in Chester.

Latest comments
  • The Lake District is definitely a region I want to visit some day. Your fotos are really inspiring to start the trip! I love the mountains, meadows, small villages, pubs, … Typical and cosy. Thank you for this marvellous post!
    Bold Bliss

  • Beautiful photographs, looks and sounds like the perfect quaint getaway
    I’ve never been but after looking at these photos I’ll have to make a trip soon!

    What Raj Wants

  • Wow! The Lake District looks so much prettier than I imagined! For some reason I was convinced it was just grass and tents. I definitely need to visit. Also I haven’t seen Rosemary and Thyme for years but I used to love it too haha.


  • Amazing post dear! Have a nice day:)


  • It literally feels as though I’ve been transported back to my childhood holidays to the Lake District – ah, I’ve got goosebumps! Your three recommendations (Grasmere, Windermere and Ambleside) are all places I’ve stayed at. Ah, lovely memories – I must go back soon! Have a wonderful week 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  • Wow–what a stunning place!

  • It’s been years since I was even in the UK! Looks like so much fun though! x

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  • Wonderful impressions! I love historical English buildings, too! They look so nice surrounded in green leaves!

    Katarina x

  • The Lake District looks exactly like my kind of place, I would love to visit there. I’m saving this post for future reference! 😉

  • Amazing places, I would love to visit England again 🙂


  • Amazing post. Well done! Keep going

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  • I’ve only been to England twice and spent most of my time in London. Next time I go back to England I want to see more of the countryside because it looks so beautiful! The Lake District look so peaceful and beautiful and just, wow, I don’t even know what to say except that I can’t wait to visit some day! Also, I’d totally be the crazy lady who’d try to pet the sheep…

  • This is such a lovely guide to the Lake District – I’ve never been but it’s not far from where I live so I really should. You’ve taken some stunning photos xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  • Great post babe!

  • These pictures are so lovely. I feel the need to travel looking at them.


  • This is an amazing place! I would like to visit it!!

  • Lake District is one of my favourite places to visit in the UK. I can’t remember how many times I visited there and these photos (which I must say absolutely stunning) made me want to visit there again. I’ve never gone there in the winter so next time I visit there it will be Autumn or Winter 🙂 xx


  • gorgeous pictures 😉
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  • your photos are amazing:-) it looks so lovely there:-)xxx


  • We visited Lake District twice and I LOVED it soooo much! Thanks for such a gorgeous photo diary honey & for all the recommendations!! We defo want to visit again 😉
    Need to try to best.cakes.ever + Grasmere Gingerbread sounds like a place to visit asap 🙂
    xox Nadia

  • First of all: your pictures are A-MA-ZING.
    Everything looks so pretty and calm and nice, that it’s even getting suspicious haha! It’s like in the movies when such small quiet places have their mysteries 😀
    Of course, I’d love to visit.
    PS: That tiny baby sheep!!


  • The Lake District looks absolutely gorgeous! I’d love to visit someday!