After quite the leisurely breakfast in Holmthwaite’s humble hub, that is the kitchen, set off in a sprightly fashion towards the lake. It is there that Coniston Launch moor their beautifully beguiling boats. This regular service provides you with open water views of our countryside in traditional comforts, where you can jump on and off a jetty or two. An escapade that will take you to visit the backdrops within the pages of ‘Swallows and Amazons’. Or maybe relive tales from a heroic legend and delve into the facts and figures of Donald Campbell and his tragedy. They also sail towards Brantwood, John Ruskin’s picturesque home, for a snippet of culture.
Sail a smidge further on Windermere Lake Cruises for an intimate view of Ambleside, Bowness, Brockhole and the whimsical Wray Castle. Observe splendid scenes of mountains, romantic secluded bays and mystical wooded islands. Or investigate further and hop off the cruise to amble around and beyond the jetty.
Appreciate the teeny tiny things in life and take a trip out to Lakeland Miniature Village. It is here you will feast your eyes upon the minuscule but wonderful world, we know as the Lakeland landscape. Over 100 of these petite plots are lovingly hand-crafted using traditional Coniston slate. Smile at the Cumbrian houses, barns, farms and even Beatrix Potter’s dwelling place, Hill Top. Peer down at the slight windows, doors and quintessentially English gardens, which are sure to make you green with envy. Founder, Edward Robinson, is the artist and brilliant brainiac mind who has hand sculpted these cute creations. Along with his wife, they have welcomed tourists for many years and love having a jolly old natter with sculpture enthusiasts and intrigued visitors. Walk this charming countryside, as your gigantic soles twist around its’ bends, hills and roads.
One of the best culinary collaborations, is most definitely the sweet and savoury mix you get with Afternoon Tea, here in England. A brisk walk will get you to The Bluebird Café by the Lake and what awaits you is the most divinely delicious delights, your plate has ever seen. Let your palate savour the savoury and sweet taste, while sipping tea or perhaps even a cheeky little glass of bubbles. An airy place filled with light, tastefully decorated in organic wood and sleek floor to ceiling windows. These clever windows never fail to frame the view you will see from your table. Take time to stop, sit and gaze at the magnificent scene before you. Your captivated eyes will peer out to where our lake meets mountain and sky.
If you have taken a Windermere Lake Cruise and sailed the waters, you might have noticed a grand tower of brick and ivy peep out from the woodland. This stone sensation is Wray Castle, which sits very pretty on the peak of a hill. A Victorian Gothic-revival of turrets, towers, humble wooded estate and views of Claife’s green grounds. Be taken away on a journey with a tour around the castle and untangle the mystery of the Dawson family and their secrets hidden within. Lunch at their National Trust Café or extend your footprint and picnic at the grounds’ Lakeland shore.
Have you ever read Daffodils and pondered what life was really like for William Wordsworth? Step back in time, at Dove Cottage, as you embrace the dark panelled rooms, stone floors, the crackling fire and William’s precious belongings. A truly enchanting place, where he settled beneath his beloved mountains, in peace and tranquility. Stroll through his thriving garden, where he sat, pondered and composed his much-loved poetry. Consider how time stood then, amidst the 19th Century and sample a taste of his family life. A tour that will answer those unanswered niggling questions and be inspired by how pleasantly productive this period was for him, while he found solace and the perfect dwelling place, within Dove Cottage.
Location: Newby Bridge
Shout ‘toodle pips!’ and offer a jolly wave, as the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway Steam Train departs and chugs away on its’ journey. Relive a distant memory, experience a new in your carriage and peer out to the splendour of the Southern Lakes unfolding before you. A classic adventure that could be extended by bobbing along the lake on a cruise boat for Bowness shopping or perhaps a light lunch in Ambleside. When you arrive back at the station, treat yourself to Afternoon Tea at their nostalgically nice Station Tea Room, for relaxed surroundings and brilliant banter.
Memory lane is a wonderful thing. If you visit Lakeland Motor Museum, you will recall or relate to an eclectic collection of classic cars and motorbikes. Decades of exhibits and time, that trigger nostalgia or get you excited over marvellous motor metal! Situated in Leven Valley, this museum delights in awakening senses and memories with their host of roaring rarities. Take a break and unwind in their Café Ambio, for a spot of locally produced lunch and a comforting caffeine fix. With passionate homemade cooking and local specialties, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the ripples from the River Leven.
Location: Lake District
What is your ideal tipple? If you fancy a tantalizing taste of an afternoon, then a tour around The Lakes Distillery is in order. Making an 1850’s Victorian Cattle Farm home for their whisky, gin and vodka, this place is worth a visit indeed. Catch a glimpse behind the scenes to view how they create their spirits. Get enthusiastic with the enthusiasts and nose, judge, colour and taste in the moment. Once you have sipped and smelt through your afternoon, how about dinner at their award-winning Bistro, for informal and modern dining.
Are you more a fan of the brew? Then Hawkshead Brewery can take you on a tasty tour, after or before your lunch at The Beer Hall. With a long list of beers, ales and lager, there is quite literally a taste for everyone. A relaxed and quirky atmosphere with a humble heart and bold beer that is aged in wood and spiced with fruit.
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