My 10 Favourite Things to do in the Lake District
Happy Sunday! Sorry I've been away for a little while, but I was on holiday in the Lake District with my family. I had a wonderful time walking, eating cake and napping, and have returned very relaxed and ready to go!
Today I wanted to share with you my favourite things to do in the Lakes. I have visited there at least once (usually twice) a year since I was 16 (this year marking 10 years since my first holiday there). The Lakes holds a special place in my heart - my parents went on their honeymoon there, and more recently my brother did too! I hope to maybe get married there someday.
With the Lake District you do run the risk of rain - and we certainly had some at the beginning of our holiday - but when the weather is good it's beautiful, and this time I even saw a red squirrel for the first time! 🐿️
So, without further ado - here are my 10 favourite things to do in the Lake District!
1. Walk the Coffin Trail. This is my favourite walk do to: it's a lovely circular walk from Grasmere to Rydal and back again. It is a little steep at the start but the rest is flat, and the hill is worth it for the views! There is a lovely little Christian tea room at Rydal which does delicious cakes! It is called the coffin trail because Rydal doesn't have a cemetery so the coffins had to be carried to Grasmere to be buried: Wordsworth would have been carried along this route from Rydal Mount to his final resting place in Grasmere church. Along the way you can see a lot of large stones that were used to rest the coffins on as it is quite a long walk
2. Visit the Pencil Museum in Keswick. I know is sounds crazy - a whole museum devoted to pencils? But it's actually very interesting, and home to the world's largest pencil! Definitely worth a visit, and the shop is excellent if you enjoy art.
3. Shop in Ambleside. With all that walking sometimes you need a rest day! Ambleside is my favourite place to do a little light shopping: there is an Ollivander-esque book shop with little winding staircases; The Apple Pie do excellent (you guessed it) apple pie; the Old Bridge Fudge Shop have fudge in every flavour you can imagine; the Post Office is full of little tourist-y nicknacks; the Rock Shop sell crystals in all shapes and sizes. My personal favourite is a newer addition to the town: a shop called Gear which has a whole Harry Potter section! The first year I bought a Platform 9 3/4 bag, a Slytherin beer glass for my dad and some "Muggle Studies" water glasses. Last year I got an Umblrella. This year I couldn't leave empty handed, and as well as a backup battery (for my trip to Kings Cross on September the 1st!), I got a mug with a beautiful lightening bolt handle, and a little purse in the shape of a Howler.