It’s that grey time of year again where most of us are only thinking about one thing – our next holiday. For us, a trip abroad is out the question in 2018 so we’ve been busy looking a little bit closer to home.
The Lake District is situated in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside, steeped in history and, lucky for us, is only a few hours away from Lancashire. Although the weather may be chilly, there’s still plenty to see, both indoors and outdoors – can you imagine how stunning those hills would look when dusted with snow?
Grab your winter woollies and let’s go on an adventure! Here are a few things that are on my Lake District ‘to-do’ list:
Surrounded by quaint shops and breathtaking views, England’s largest (and possibly most famous) lake is a must see when visiting the North West. One perk of visiting in the winter months is that this popular tourist spot isn’t quite as overrun with fellow holidaymakers as it is over the summer period.
The aspiring sailors amongst us can hire a boat for the day and set sail or for those who appreciate having a pro at the helm, you can jump aboard one of the many cruises. It’s also ideal for the thrill seekers, with an abundance of water sports available.
Lake Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LJ
The World of Beatrix Potter
Most of us probably remember reading ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ in our youth and, I for one, am no exception. I’ve always been a bookworm and Beatrix Potter caught my attention early on, losing myself for hours in the fictional adventures of Jemima Puddleduck , Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Tom Kitten and the gang.
The idea of actually being able to visit the very place that inspired these magical stories fils me with child-like excitement! From Peter Rabbit’s garden to Miss Tiggy-Winkles kitchen, The World of Beatrix Potter allows visitors to enjoy a dose of nostalgia and a slice of carrot cake in the tearoom.
The World of Beatrix Potter, Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3BX
For us Beatrix Potter fans who’d like to learn more about the well-loved author and illustrator, you can also visit the place where the magical books came to life – Hill Top. When Beatrix died in 1943, she left her home to the National Trust and it’s now open to the public as a writers house museum.
The Grade 2 listed building showcases original artwork, photos, furniture and personal belongings. A must for any fan! Please note that Hill Top is closed during January so be sure to check out the opening times before you plan your own visit.
Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, LA22 0LF
The Lake Distillery
You guys already know that I have a life-long love affair with gin (well since adulthood obviously). When I discovered The Lake Distillery, it wasn’t even a question of if we would visit but when.
With distillery tours from just £12.50 (£5 for children 13+, free entry for children 6-13 years), it’s more than reasonable and this tour fee gets you £5 off in the shop too. Bonus!
Did I mention that they also have alpacas there? Why? Why not! The friendly Alpacaly Ever After herd are around on Saturdays and Sunday and give you the chance to feed them, meet the babies, take pictures and ask as many alpaca questions as your heart desires.
Even if you’re not a big drinker, I hear that the bistro and virgin elderflower mojitos are worth a try!
The Lake Distillery, Setmurthy, near Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria, CA13 9SJ
With plenty of cottages around (and many are dog-friendly so that your canine friend can tag along too), a short break in the Lake District could be just what you need to blow away those post-Christmas cobwebs!