72 Hours In The Lake District

Grasmere

The Lake District is a BIG place, covering 912 square miles, so I'd say it has something for everyone. My boyfriend (Jack) and I went to the Lake District last week for three days for a little mini-break as we are both in the midst of our masters' degrees and in dire need of some rest, relaxation and recuperation. Over three days we didn't get to see everything that the Lake District has to offer but considering we went for a rest, we certainly saw the sights. We had a car and the weather on our side but no pre-planned itinerary, so I thought I would share with you what we got up to!

Wednesday

We arrived at our little Lodge near Windermere late Tuesday afternoon and spent the evening settling in and relaxing. When we woke on Wednesday morning, the sun was shining through the curtains and the skies were bright blue so we decided to head down to the pier at Bowness-on-Windermere and hire a boat.



I thoroughly recommend doing this! We had so much fun sailing into the middle of the lake and turning off the engine and relaxing together on the back of the boat. It was picture-perfect and I can still remember the feeling of the blissfully warm sunshine beaming down on my face. The prices range depending on which boat you go for but ours was £35 for an hour which felt like plenty of time to us. 

Bowness-on-Windermere




After the boat ride, we explored the town of Windermere and ate our picnic that we had made and then got in the car and drove to Kendal. We spent an hour or so there browsing the shops but we weren't too impressed with Kendal, especially the 'Westmorland shopping centre' which is raved about on all of the tourist information leaflets! All that was there was a small Topshop, The Body Shop, Superdrug and a Poundland...

We then drove back into Bowness-on-Windermere and went out for dinner at an Italian restaurant which I highly recommend called 'Trattoria'. I had the salmon pasta and Jack had the tomato Gnnochi. Both were delicious. 

Trattoria

Thursday

Today was yet again another beautiful, sunny day so we decided to drive North to Keswick first to visit the town and go for a walk there. Keswick is a lovely town with lots of cute, quaint shops and tea rooms.

Keswick
Keswick 

In the afternoon we then headed back to Bowness-on-Windermere and stopped off at Ambleside for another short walk, as we had spotted how beautiful the town looked as we drove through it to go to Keswick. There are some amazing views on this journey as you drive past Rydal Water and Grasmere which both have stunning lakes. Me and Jack both said how we felt like we were abroad driving through these towns. On the walk I got up close and personal with some sheep which called for an illusory photograph....

Grasmere

Grasmere

After a full day, we drove back to our lodge and had a night-in with a takeaway!

Friday

On our final day in the Lakes we woke up early for another day packed full of adventure! We drove to Coniston and hired out bikes from the Coniston Boating Centre. I highly recommend visiting Coniston for a walk or if you're feeling more adventurous, visiting the Boating Centre as they offer bike and boat hire and there is a stunning cafe called the 'Bluebird Cafe' which is situated facing the lake. The bike hire was £15 each for 2 hours so that cost us £30. We had made up a picnic again and brought that with us so we were able to take a break and sit facing a lake and eat our picnic, which was so lovely and peaceful. Begrudgingly, yet exhausted, we then headed home after a busy, yet relaxing trip away.


Coniston boating centre

Coniston boating centre

Thank you for reading!

Love, Vicky 

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