Don your walking shoes and explore the land that has enchanted poets and artists for centuries. Step out of your boutique hotel at sunrise to see the mists hang over the lakes. Scale England’s highest peaks to gaze out across the rugged landscape to the sea in the distance. And warm your hands in cosy pubs, with some Kendal mint cake or a local ale for company.
An epic landscape of rugged fells and magical lakes, quaint tearooms and cutting-edge cuisine.
Things to do
You only need to look out from the window of your country retreat to see why artists from William Wordsworth and Turner to Beatrix Potter have been enchanted by Windermere. For breathtaking views from up high, book a private guide and discover the best vantage points from lofty Scafell Pike and Orrest Head. Don’t forget to bring a camera – or even a sketchpad.
Wander along the well-marked lakeside trails, or take to the water and join the swans in a wooden rowing boat from Ambleside. For something a little more relaxed, hop aboard a period lake cruiser. You can jump on and off and see where the wind takes you.
Stop off to enjoy a pint of ale in front of a roaring fire. Taste Michelin starred fine dining at a waterside lodge. But leave some room for cake – Windermere’s teashops are renowned for their sweet treats. Look out for spicy gingerbread and slices of Cumbrian fruit cake.
Visit Wray Castle and you’ll have the chance to browse the library – said to be a favourite of Beatrix Potter.
Top tip from SLH