3 Days in The Lake District: Travel Diary

Back in November, I spent three wonderful days in the Lake District. Here is the lowdown of how I spent those days.

The Lake District:

The Lake District is a massive area in Cumbria, in the North of England and can also be known as Lakeland and the Lakes. As the name suggests there is an abundance of lakes all around the district area, including Lake Windermere. It is also known as a national park, given this title way back in 1951, and is the largest National Park in England and Wales!
During our three day trip, we visited a few areas in the lakes including Grange-over-sands, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ulverston.


Grange-over-Sands is where we based ourselves during the 3 day trip to the Lake District. It is in the southern tip of the Cartmel peninsula and only 7 miles from Windermere. On a clear day, you can see Morecambe Bay too. It is a lovely little town with a beach of sorts and a mile long promenade which is only for pedestrians.

Panorama view of Grange-over-Sands promenade area, with the sun in the top left corner.

Where we Stayed in the Lake District:

Rather than staying in one of the local hotels, we opted to book an Airbnb called ‘Fernleigh’. A beautiful three bedroom terrace house. It slept six of us comfortably, however, can sleep up to eight people with the pull out sofa bed. Beautifully decorated with a ‘country’ style kitchen diner, and a modern living room with a yellow leather sofa. Two of the bedrooms are double, with one of these having an en-suite and is in the attic area of the house. The remaining bedroom is a twin room, with two twin beds, perfect for little ones to share.
The bathroom is beautiful with an over shower bath, with the en-suite also having a bath with a hand held shower.

Grid of 3 photos; 1 of a wood burner, 2 of a yellow sofa in a living room, 3 the view of the backyard. All photos from Fernleigh cottage, grange-over-Sands in the Lake District
Grid of 3 images; 1. of a double bed in an attic room, 2 of a double bed with wooden headboard and 3 of two twin beds. All in the Fernleigh cottage at Grange-over-Sands.
Grid of 4 photos; 1 of a woman holding up a glass of prosecco sat on a sofa, 2 and 3 different bathrooms and 4 a picture of multicoloured cups on hooks. All taken of the Fernleigh Cottage in Grange-over-Sands.

This cost us roughly £175, which isn’t bad for a two-night stay. The place was immaculate when we arrived too, and the hosts definitely take pride in the house. Communication was great via Airbnb, with the host being friendly and approachable. There was even a complimentary bottle of wine left for us, so thoughtful!

A perfect base for exploring Grange-over-Sands, and one I would highly recommend!

Day 1:

So, day one consisted of us travelling up to Grange-over-Sands from Leeds, taking us just over 2 hours by car. The scenery along the way is just beautiful, with busy A roads rather than a big motorway journey.
Luckily there was parking outside of our Airbnb house, as well as the nearby streets. Parking is quite limited in Grange, with there being one or two small car parks.

Clock tower in Grange-over-Sands in the Lake District with a union jack flag and street sign.

Exploring Grange-over-Sands:

We arrived earlier than expected so the house wasn’t quite ready. We didn’t mind as this gave us the chance to have an explore of the little town. There is an abundance of cafes, so we stopped for a pitstop to get out of the cold. At Home Café and Bistro was our choice, with a great selection of food and drinks available. I had a salted caramel hot chocolate with a slice of caramel shortbread. It was delicious! There is also a gluten and dairy free lemon drizzle cake on the menu, which is made with mash potato apparently. We tried this and it was delicious too! Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of these cakes, doh!

Railway tracks in Grange-over-Sands from above.

After settling into our lovely home for the weekend, we popped back out in search of something else to eat. The Commodore Inn was our place of choice this time. Just up from the rail tracks and promenade. I had the steak wrap with caramelised onion relish, chips and coleslaw, which was delicious.  We sat upstairs, and appeared to be the only ones there, so service appeared quite slow. This wouldn’t normally bother us, but we were really hungry at this point! Reasonably priced for food, but nothing overly special.

The Commodore Inn outside sign, in Grange-over-Sands.
Steak and caramelised onion wrap with fries, salad and coleslaw on a long plate in the Commodore Inn in Grange-over-Sands.

There isn’t that many pubs around Grange-over-Sands that I could see, so we headed back to our rental for a night in and a bottle of wine.

Woman sat on a sofa drinking Prosecco in Grange-over-Sands

Day 2:

For our second day, we headed out of Grange-over-Sands to the lovely town of Bowness-on-Windermere. I was so excited to visit this part of the Lake District and one of the famous lakes…Lake Windermere.

Panorama view of Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District.

As my 4 year old niece was with us, we headed to The World of Beatrix Potter. A museum of sorts with a look into Beatrix Potter’s life and her creation of the wonderful ‘Peter Rabbit’ series.  A great way to spend a few hours, especially if the weather is a bit wet. Costing £8 for adults and £4 for children over the age of three, you enter an interactive self-guided tour of the exhibition and garden area. All the characters from the books feature along the walk around, with Mr McGregor’s greenhouse to look around outside.

Centenary clock in Beatrix Potter World, in Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District
Mr McGregor's greenhouse at Beatrix Potter World in Bowness-on-Windermere.
Model figure of Peter Rabbit without his blue jacket in Beatrix Potter World in Bowness-on-Windermere, The Lake District.


Following our adventure with Peter Rabbit, we took to looking around Bowness-on-Windermere. What a beautiful town it is! Quaint buildings and houses, and of course Lake Windermere. There is loads to do along the front, including taking boat trips to other sides of the lake. It was a bit later in the day for us, so we didn’t do this, definitely on my list for my next visit though.

Street directional sign in Bowness-on-windermere, with the shops 'FatFace', 'Joues' and 'Costa' in the background.

As it was a Sunday, we headed off to find a decent Sunday roast. The Albert was our choice. A lovely cosy pub, with an abundance of tables and chairs. It is safe to say it was extremely busy when we entered, however managed to bag ourselves a table. For under £15 we were able to get a decent size Sunday dinner, and it was delicious.

'The Albert' pub front in Bowness-on-Windermere, Lake District


Stuffed from our dinner, we began making our way down to the lakeside, to explore a bit more of Lake Windermere. It was Remembrance Sunday, and a parade was due. We waited a good half hour after the road closed to see several variations of the forces make there way to the church we were stood near.

Remembrance parade in Bowness-on-Windermere with cadets playing drums and cymbals.

Carrying on our stroll we made it to the lakeside of Windermere. It was beautiful here, with the water looking like a sheet of glass. I even explored one of the jetties, which started moving underfoot. Totally thought I was going to end up in the lake! I could have stayed here all day, it was so peaceful looking out onto the horizon. Even though full from lunch, lakeside ice cream was a must too! (There is a hidden rule for having an ice-cream on your trips isn’t there?! I seem to have a lot!)

Lake Windermere in Bowness-on-Windermere with a view of two jetties and hill sin the distance.
Hand holding a pistachio ice cream on the lakeside of Lake Windermere.

Our parking tickets about to expire, we made our way back to Grange-over-Sands. Another night in ensued with a take-away from the local Chinese and a good film on Netflix.

Day 3:

Our final day in the Lake District. We had to check out by 10 a.m so we packed up the car and walked along the promenade for the last look of Grange-over-Sands. It was such a nice way to start the morning, and the views were stunning! We even had a little look inside the railway station.

View out of three windows in the Grange-over-Sands train station, with the sun shining through the middle window.

Before setting off on further exploration, we headed into the famous butchers of Grange-over-Sands, Higginson’s Butchers. There are so many variations of a pork pie to choose from, we were really spoilt for choice! Huntsman was our pie of choice, with sausage meat, chicken and stuffing all in a lovely handmade pastry case. Delicious! We saved these for our car journey to have at our next location.

South Lakes Safari Zoo:

Not quite ready to head back home we drove 30 minutes to near the town of Ulverston, to visit the South Lakes Safari Zoo. It isn’t until writing this post that I have realised this has been quite a controversial zoo. However, I will save all that for another post!
The zoo was quite empty with only a handful of visitors at the time we were there, which was quite lucky for events that happened later. Planning on having a little picnic with the huntsman pies we had just purchased, we were gutted to find that the zoo doesn’t permit picnics. Luckily, the zoo informs you of this before you enter, so we could still enjoy them in the comfort of my car.
A lovely little robin joined us on our journey around the zoo too!

Woman sat on a wooden bench wearing sunglasses at the South Lakes Safari Zoo.
Robin sat between the enclosure bars at the South Lakes Safari Zoo, in the Lake District.

Rain Disaster:

Our zoo trip was cut short, and we didn’t get chance to see all, as the rain came in bucket loads. Soaked to the bone (my black jeans looked like I had leather trousers on they were that wet!) we headed to refuge in the gift shop. Uncomfortable in wet clothes we made a dash to the car, where we luckily had spare clothes. I can’t imagine what we would have done if we were just on a day trip.

You have never seen something so comical as us lot trying to change out of our wet clothes in the back of my car. Taking it in turns to have the backseat to change, we were finally ready to leave the Lake District and head home to Leeds.

Woman soaked with rain at South Lakes Safari Zoo in the Lake District.

So there is a rundown of my three day trips to the wonderful Lake District. It is such a vast place to explore, and we barley scratched the surface of it. Definitely a place I would love to visit again.

Have you ever visited the Lake District? What was your favourite thing to do?

If you enjoyed this place, there are a few other travel diaries on Aimsy’s Antics. Check out: 2 weeks in Parga Town, 3 days in Madrid and A week in Mykonos.

32 thoughts on “3 Days in The Lake District: Travel Diary

  1. The Lake District has always intrigued me given how popular of an attraction it is in the UK. Although having said that it’s surprising that I rarely see a post about it so I’m happy to finally read a review on it not to mention a great one. I love how you watermarked your pics (clever idea!), it makes them look more like postcards which fits the nature of the trip well 🙂

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment!
      Glad you enjoyed the post! Not a full in-depth review, but that just gives me an excuse to return!
      I’ve always watermarked my pics after someone ‘stole’ one of mine on Instagram and passed it off as there own (although i always forget to do so on Instagram!). I love that you think they look more like postcards…i didn’t see it until now!

      Aimsy xoxo

  2. I would LOVE to go to the Lake District. It’s at the top of my list of places I want to visit within the UK. I loved reading this post because it made me feel like I was there with you! Grange-over-Sands sounds like a lovely place and the AirBnB you stayed in looks so cosy.


    1. Thank you! I hope you get to visit, I was taken away with how beautiful it was! This was my first visit, definitely not my last!
      I would highly recommend the AirBnB we stayed in, it was just lovely…I want it to be my house!
      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. It’s definitely worth a visit! It is such a big area to visit, there will always be somewhere new to explore!
      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

  3. Sounds like you had a lovely time! I’ve never been to the Lake District but it’s definitely on my list of places to go ☺️

    1. Oh, it was wonderful…I just wished we had more time to explore! You will love it if you ever get the chance to visit!
      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. You so should! It is cheaper (I think) to stay out of the main towns like Windermere as we did with Grange-over-Sands. If you have access to a car, it really does open up where you can visit in The Lakes!
      You will love it if you get the chance to go!

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Oh, it was stunning. I took so many photos but didn’t want to bog down the post with more. Keep an eye on Instagram where there might be a few more photos of this lovely place!
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

  4. The Lake District is one of my favourite places to visit. We always hike up a fell or mountain when we go and Grasmere is by far my favourite village there. Next time we’ll have to have a look at Grange-over-Sands as it looks lovely.

    Georgia x

    1. I will have to look into visiting Grasmere next time…sounds like another great village to visit!
      This was our first time, but it definitely won’t be our last! Hope you like Grange-over-Sands as much as we did. It’s a quiet town, but a great base for exploring.

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Thanks for commenting!
      When I was writing the post, I didn’t feel like we did that much, but we did fit quite a bit in for 3 days, didn’t we?
      It’s such a big place, will have to make quite a few trips back to fully explore!
      Sounds like a great school trip to go on though…I went to Arnside in primary school but can’t really remember lots about it!

      Aimsy xoxo

  5. Ever since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to go to UK and my first stop would be the Lake District. I was so excited when I stumbled upon your blog post and I could only imagine the lake’s beauty! Sounds like you were having a great time there! And the Airbnb looks like a comfortable place to stay in 🙂

    1. You will not be disappointed if you ever visit. It really is beautiful, and the people are really nice too 🙂
      I think we got a great deal on the AirBnB, it has definitely converted me to using AirBnB more!
      Fingers crossed you get to visit!

      thank you for commenting 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

  6. I visited the Lake District a couple of years ago and this post reminded me just how stunning it was! So many beautiful views! Wish we stopped off at that café, salted caramel hot chocolate sounds like an absolute dream. Such gorgeous photos, thanks for sharing! ✨

    Evie x | https://eviejayne.co.uk

    1. I have always wanted to visit, and we were lucky enough to bag a bargain! Plus it was my dad’s retirement celebrations…great place to celebrate a birthday eh?!
      Oh, it was yummy…there’s a cafe in Bowness that I would like to try, The Fizzy Tarte. That will be for the next trip!

      Thank you for your lovely comment 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. There is just something about the place isn’t there?!
      Thank you for commenting! Hope you get to visit again 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! I am always looking for my next trip
      Hope you get to visit somewhere just as nice!
      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Oh, I would love to go back to an instant…there is so much to explore!
      I am completely hooked on looking at Airbnb now! I would deffo stay at this one again.
      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. I loved it here! Can’t wait to visit again and see more of the wonderful places within the Lakes. Seems the Lakes is a firm favourite with many!
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

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