It’s been a few weeks since my amazing trip to the Lake District and I wanted to write up a post on what you should do if and when you visit the Lakes. There is still so much more to explore and see there and we only just scratched the surface. No matter what you are into you are bound to find something you enjoy there, whether it be hiking, a spa weekend, watersports or ziplining over amazing countryside – you are bound to find it here.
VISIT SARAH NELSON’S FAMOUS GINGERBREAD SHOP IN GRASMERE
We went on a mini excursion with everyone in our group when we traveled to the Lake District and we all purchased some of Sarah Nelson’s famous gingerbread from her little shop in Grasmere. Sarah Nelson created her famous recipe in 1854 were she mixed and baked her spicy-sweet chewy concoction inside her neat Church Cottage home – now The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop – and sold it to villagers and visitors from a table top on a tree stump outside her front door.
HIKE SOME OF THE FELLS
When you visit the Lake District you have to hike some of it’s famous fells for gorgeous views of the landscape. You can also hike the famous Scafell Pike which is featured in the popular 3 Peaks Challenge. If you want a good challenge I’d definitely recommend hiking these fells, it was a lot harder than Snowdonia for me and that’s saying something. We hiked through the valleys of Boredale and Beda Fell.
WATERSPORTS ON LAKE WINDERMERE WITH WINDERMERE CANOE KAYAK
If you are the watersports kind of person then you’ll definitely love trying out standup paddleboarding or kayaking across Lake Windermere or even if you hire a little speed boat or yacht for the weekend, you get some really great landscapes and pictures from the water. On our weekend away in the Lakes we teamed up with the crew from Windermere Canoe Kayak who taught us the ropes of kayaking and standup paddleboarding and took us out onto the water for the day.
DO SOME SHOPPING IN AMBLESIDE
If you love shopping and cute little shops you’ll love the ones in Ambleside. I found a super cute shop in Ambleside town called Herby Jacks which sells lots of cute handmade gifts including hand poured candles that smell like cocktails, potpourri decorations for Christmas, adorable beanie hats and lots more.
STOP FOR A HOT DRINK & CAKE
There is nothing better than stopping for a hot drink and some yummy cake after your long hike. Why not stop at Let It Brew within The Glenridding Hotel which is opposite Glenridding car park and have a yummy icecream milkshake and a yummy chocolate sponge cake.
What would you like to do if you visit the Lake District?