When I travel, I love to visit wine regions too, sometimes well known, sometimes finding underrated regions but the Lake District in England is not a wine region. So why did I ravel there? Well aside from the obvious to me, that is where my family is from originally, the Lake District is beautiful, like stunningly beautiful with excellent food, friendly people, beautiful pottery and wine! But wine from other countries so if you want to stick to local, Scotch or Whisky from Scotland just to the north or British ale are your best bets.
We have visited the Lake District twice and there is lots to do depending on what you like. Do you like Beatrix Potter? Well you are in luck, head to Bowness on Windermere! Like to hike (or if you are in the UK walk)? Well you can hike Hadrian’s Wall, the remnants of the Roman wall dividing Scotland and England, or hike many many travels in the Lake District itself! Like food and being pampered? Well the Lake District offers many Country Houses that are now spa hotel with farm to table food, English teas and total relaxation! Here are my recommendations:
- Visit the villages, often small and unassuming, they are less likely than the larger towns to be packed with tourists. Often beautiful with stores offering local products, it is the perfect place to relax and walk around. My personal favourite is the village of Askham, home to the Queens Head Inn a 17th century pub, with copper top bar, excellent food, and many ales from which to choose. http://www.queensheadinnaskham.co.uk/en-GB/homepage Askham also boasts my favourite potter, Stuart Broadhurst who uses material from the Lake district itself to give his pottery its unique colour. @benton8tor still swears the teapot we bought from Stuart is the very best teapot
ever.http://www.stuartbroadhurstceramics.co.uk/index.html Askham Hall, A luxury hotel opened in a 12 th Century Country House offers tea, luxury and regional food. A must do.https://www.askhamhall.co.uk/
- See Hadrian’s Wall. I am embarrassed to admit that when @benton8tor insisted we see Hadrian’s Wall, I was kind of unwilling, I thought so what. Well I was wrong wrong wrong. Hadrian’s Wall is unique in that it is Roman Structure, that isn’t a museum, you just walk right up.
Many sections of the Wall are missing but some still have the Garrisons intact. Side-note: you may have to share a photo or two with one of the sheep who often claim the wall as their own. http://hadrianswallcountry.co.uk/
- Try the real ales. yes yes yes, I love wine but the British Real Ale movement is gaining ground for a reason. Though I am still not now and not ever going to be a fan of IPAs (shudder) the brown ales with the nutty flavours and the red ales are often really interesting if quite filling. If you are a bit of a beer lightweight like me, it is probably best to go for the half pint. Try the Beehive pub in Carlisle for a good selection. https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/cumbria/beehive/?utm_source=g_places&utm_medium=locations&utm_campaign=
- Go to Kendal and Cockermouth. Kendal for its beauty right on the River and Cockermouth for its history as home of Willem Wordsworth and its market.
- Check out the churches, especially in the north. The Church in the village of Kirkbride is quite old (by North American standards) and made with stone pillaged from Hadrian’s Wall.http://www.kirkbridecommunity.co.uk/local-amenities/church/ When you are done head to the post office to try what @Benton8tor swears are the best Cornish pasties ever.Once you are done you can get into a spirited debate about how to pronounce pastry, After that you best head for a beer. Oh Yeah the post office is a post office, small store, liquor store and lunch counter, so post office doesn’t really capture it. Try the local honey too! It is very tasty.
Whatever you decide to do in the Lake District, you won;t be disappointed. The food is amazing I say for the cheese, @benton8tor swears it is he pasties and fish and chips, the views are out of this world and the history is right there! Enjoy!