A certain magic pervades the Lakedistrict, a mountainous region in North West England. This year the area was awarded UNESCO world heritage site within the cultural landscape category, particularly because of its identity and inspiration. So, I couldn't help but find out more during a short trip to the Lakedistrict.
How to get there?
Trains. From London, it takes 3.5h to Windamere but you have to change in Oxenholme or Lancaster. If you book in advance, rates will be cheaper.
Buses. If you have time, this is the cheapest option to get there but for some an 8 hours journey may be too long. You can go from London Victoria to Ambleside for example.
Car. That’s the option we went for. We got a rental car in Manchester (where we had stayed one night), it only took 1.5h to drive into the Lakes.
Where to stay?
We stayed 2 nights in the Water Edge Inn in Ambleside, such a cozy place. It is located directly near the waterfront of the big lake Windermere, oh how lovely to step outside in the early morning and breathe in the fresh air. Still, recall the amazing padding of the bed and the cozy evenings in the downstairs restaurant. This was the place to come to for a good evening meal, not just for people staying here but from further away as well. It was jam-packed.
We also stayed at the Raise Cottage further up in the mountains. From here we went on some hikes.
Afternoon Tea is such an English tradition and some of the best places to try it are not the posh London hotels but in the country villages around the UK. Clearly, you can have coffee and cake any time of the day. Baldry's Tearoom in Grasmere was our favorite.
There were a couple of poets during the Romantic movement living up in the Lakedistrict, finding their inspiration there. The most famous were William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey. Here is some of their wisdom.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge:
Strongest minds are often those whom the noisy world hears least.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life. They appear so while they are passing; they seem to have been so when we look back on them; and they take up more room in our memory than all the years that succeed them.
It is with words as with sunbeams, the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each others worth.
Once you get to the Lakedistrict, simply buy one of the numerous guides so you can pick the hiking trail which resonates most with you. I like The Coledale Horseshoe (15km) or the Scafell Pike walk. There is also further information here.
Home wasn't a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go. #SarahDessen
Have you been to the Lakedistrict?
Or what are your favorite areas in England?
Happy traveling & thanks for reading.