We decided to take a trip to the Lake District and decided 4 days should be enough time to tour around as much as the Lake district as we can.
Part of the holiday is the travelling and we usually like to have something to listen to on our journey. This time we opted for a podcast series called S-town which has brilliant reviews. We can now understand the reason, I highly recommend, its fantastic!
Arrived at Keswick Country House Hotel at 4pm. The hotel was nice and clean, but most of all it was a good location. It had parking and was only a 5 minute walk from Keswick centre.
Breakfast was a buffet style with plenty of choice from continental to Full English. The breakfast room overlooked the croquet lawn where there were several rabbits hopping about.
Day 1 – Buttermere
Headed to Buttermere and stopped off on the way to take some photos. It was throwing down with rain but the views were amazing.
By the time we got to Buttermere the rain had passed. The lake was very peaceful and there was also a waterfall close by. There are plenty of walks in this area and great scenery.
In the evening we walked into Keswick. We went to a great little restaurant called Fellpack, the food was wholesome and delicious. Its a small restaurant so I would recommend booking as its a popular venue. I opted for a salad followed by a brownie with ice cream .. it’s all about balance! 🙂 Tasted amazing and service was brilliant, they also do some great cocktails.
Day 2 – Rydale Cave – Ambleside – Coniston Water
Visited Rydale cave today, parking was £2.50 for 2 hours and the walk was about 20 mins, mainly uphill. The cave was quite large and fairly busy for a Monday, I think there was a school field trip happening.
During the walk to the cave we saw a tree stump with lots of coins hammered into it. I think it’s supposed to be some sort of wishing tree.
We then drove onto Ambleside, which is a pretty busy little town with lots of shops in stone buildings. In the centre there is Bridge House, which is a very small 17th century house over the river. This is now part of The National Trust.
Went onto Coniston Water, where we ended up getting drenched as it was constantly raining. There is a cafe and Steam Gondola boat trips here which is run by the National Trust. I’m sure it would be nice if the weather was better.
Day 3 – Motor Museum – Wray Castle – Thirlmere – Derwent Water
It was raining again in the morning so decided to visit the Lakeland Motor Museum. It was £8 per adult and free parking.
They had a good collection of cars, motorbikes and memorabilia, as well as a good collection of 1980s stuff. Which made me feel old! Had a lovely coffee and walnut cake in the cafe. They also had a separate small museum as a tribute to Donald Campbell and the Bluebird.
After spending a good 3 hours in the museum, it had stopped raining. So we headed to a National Trust place called Wray Castle. This is where Beatrix Potter stayed for 3 months with her family on holiday. A beautiful castle with fabulous views.
Headed next to Thirlmere hoping to take a walk beside the lake. This area is quite desolate and there was no parking due to a road being closed. We decided instead to head back to Keswick and visit Derwent Water. This is just a 10 min walk from Keswick centre.
Day 4 – Ullswater – Keswick
Headed over to Ullswater, not much there but stopped off in a layby and got a great photo…
On the way back we stopped off at another waterfall called Aira Force. It was part of the National Trust and parking was £4.50 for 2 hours! or free to National Trust members.
Spent the rest of the day in Keswick. First walked around the old railway station located next to the hotel. Then walked around all the gift shops and outdoor clothing stores.
For our last evening we went back to the Fellpack restaurant. This time I opted for a Lamb Ragu with pasta with a lovely Gin cocktail.
It was a lovely end to a nice break.
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We spent much more time in Keswick on a previous trip, to read click here
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