City Dweller & seasoned travel expert, Yasmin Macis, shares her latest travel experience in the Lake District with us.
It’s impossible to improve on the great PR job Wordsworth and Wainwright did for our much loved Lake District, but this month my other half and I (plus Hoshi the dog) discovered some recent additions to the landscape that even they would have appreciated.
From Leeds you can reach Lake Windermere in two hours, although we opted to base ourselves at Brockwood Hall self-catering lodges (ideal if you have a pooch or kids) which lie further away in the southwest corner of Cumbria. It was a perfect choice, as we received a free upgrade and our home for the week had all we needed, even a sauna. Everything is provided, right down to the essential bottle-opener!
Our break became something of a road-trip, as we were determined to take in as many attractions as possible. The beauty of our location was that we were 20 minutes the coast yet just 30 from Coniston Water, which is where we enjoyed our first breakfast, sitting in the sun and taking in the stunning lake view.
The great thing about the National Park is that every drive is spectacular, revealing one stunning vista after another. We loved every mile of the trip to our next destination, Windermere, and the bustling lakeside town of Bowness. Pubs, cafes and shops abound, and it’s also where popular sightseeing cruises depart from.
The Lakes attract hordes of tourists at weekends, so we opted to escape to the coast and avoid the crowds. We voted St Bees our favourite spot with its gorgeous beach, and it’s also the start of the legendary coast-to-coast walk.
The remainder of the week saw us exploring all corners of the Lakes, even tackling the famous fells. We felt we were on top of the world when we climbed a trail off Honister Pass and gazed down on the shimmering Buttermere. After all this exercise, Brockwood Hall’s many facilities were much appreciated, as we enjoyed soothing massages and swimming in the pool.