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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?