For when there is an overwhelming need to have a well-earned break from climbing those peaks of Coniston simply hang up your boots, throw those weather-worn hiking socks in the wash and indulge in a little taste of retail therapy. For there is a positive feast of well-established boutiques here that are unique in their own right and will suit all personalities, tastes and moods.
For the inner foodie in you, why not delve into the unknown galaxy of fine foods at Yew Tree Farm Shop or Coniston Kitchen Larder for your exotic pickles, spicy ginger biscuits and the dreamlike creamy Lakeland Fudge. Here you can explore the unusual shelves of local produce that will inspire the weakest of cooks; put a much needed zing into your average-Jo meals and tickle those hungry taste buds of yours. Perhaps you are planning a hearty meal for your troops at Holmthwaite and you have your crusty loaf, a bottle of fizz cooling in the fridge but are in need of a good joint of something meaty. Heritage Meats is your first point of call to fill that cooking void and to savour the flavour of what the Lakeland fields provide. You may just want to stock up on the famous spicy Cumberland sausage; the sky is the limit at this rich man’s butchers.
Just for Ewe boutique is a little find that will open up your eyes to the world of Lakeland gifts and is where a little treat for yourself can be easily persuaded. A jam packed quirky space that displays the finest gifts from local farms, artist, bakers and craftsmen. Here you will undoubtedly find something quite distinctively individual and as quaint as the village itself. Run your fingers through the soft wool and delicate crochet, as you take in the relaxing scent of the homemade candles that float through the store. A place that offers up some time out from all the hustle and bustle of family or for that quick retail therapy fix.
Or if climbing the peaks is quite simply not enough, head for the walkers haven of outdoor shops for all you hiking essentials. It may be time to update your waterproof wardrobe, grab some extra laces for your trusty boots or maybe you have a need to replace those bobble-ridden socks. Coniston Outdoors and Summitreks have got it all in hand and will advise you in a way that only a professional ambler can. Here you can cherry-pick from their vast range of local walks right from the serious trekker’s challenges to the easy romantic lake-side strolls. Whatever the weather, tog up, pack a picnic, grab your camera and explore.
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