A WEEKEND IN WINDERMERE

Lake District National Park

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Along with Cornwall, the Lake District is one of my favourite getaway destinations.  As the UK’s largest, albeit most popular national park, there is all the fresh air, nature and country walks that you could ever need.  The perfect concoction for a little breather.

We kicked off our weekend with a delightful stroll around the quaint town of Bowness-on-Windermere (just a stone’s throw from where we were staying).  We grabbed a coffee to fuel us for the day ahead.

Bowness-on-Windermere is packed with independent shops with pretty shop window displays.

Finally, it was time to stretch our legs and get an airing.  We decided to head up to the Lake District’s most famous viewpoint, Orrest Head.

Luckily, we also managed to make a some new friends along the way.

What is great about this particular walk is the fact that the payoff of incredible views is disproportionate for the short half hour walk that it takes to reach the viewpoint.

The views really are incredible and thankfully the weather was stunning, so you could see for miles down Lake Windermere, which happens to be the largest lake in the national park.

Having got the taste for some incredible scenery, next we headed over to the stunning Holehird Gardens.  The beautifully maintained gardens are incredible this time of year, with many of the trees coloured varying hues of rust.

Next, we decided to make the most of the good weather with a wonderful cruise down Lake Windermere, which is one of the best ways to see the Lake District.

There was a quick stop in Windamere, where we had some vegan Cornish pasties from The Cornish Bakery – a little taste of home away from home for me.  After a quick stroll, we headed back on the ferry.

The next day, before heading home after a lunch in Grasmere, we headed over to a little place that we had been tipped off about by a local in the know…Grasmere Gingerbread.  Apparently the best gingerbread in the world!

The shop itself is tiny and there was a large queue of people waiting outside for a taste of the famous gingerbread.

I have to admit, the gingerbread really is incredible.  It’s like no other gingerbread that I’ve had before, in that it has a dense but crumbly texture and an intense flavour, from what I reckon is dark treacle and crystallised ginger.  I would highly recommend getting some for yourself and your loved ones.

 (Above) the Bridge House, Ambleside.

A trip to the Lake District is always an absolute pleasure and it never disappoints, regardless of the time of year. From a weekend break to hiking, wild swimming and cursing, there is something to suit all tastes.

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