Monday, 20 August 2018

48 Hours In... The Lakes

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I think almost every single time I've visited the Lake District, it's been either grey or raining. Luckily when you're as pretty as the Lakes, you can get away with it. And it's where we recently spent a couple of days.


We stayed just outside of Windermere at a hotel and spa, which had a jacuzzi overlooking Lake Windermere which just says it all really. And yes, despite the transitional weather, we still popped out to give it a go. I have no photos of this, because I don't think I'm Insta ready as it is, let alone with my hair scraped back and no make-up on in a bath of bubbles. What I do have is a quick guide of where to eat, what to see and do if you're nipping to the Lakes on  a quick trip.



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BRUNCH AT

HOMEGROUND CAFE 


Located in the heart of Windermere, the cafe and coffee house is quaint and the perfect spot for people watching. It also happens to do the most incredible eggs Benedict with ham hock, and is well worth a visit. They don't do reservations so bear that in mind and head down early.




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HEAD ON TO THE WATER




AMBLESIDE BOAT TRIPS


With Lake Windermere being as vast as it is, there's plenty of spots to hop on and off a boat tour. Ambleside is a pretty town with independent shops and several boat trips to choose from. They all depart frequently and vary in journey and length of time. We went for the Wray Castle trip and with it, we got a classic wooden boat, which yes you have to sit outside and admire the view, even in the rain. We hopped off at Wray Castle to take a look around before hopping back on 30 minutes later. Our trip was around two hours in total, enough time to snap every inch for Insta.


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TAKE IN THE VIEW


GUMMER'S HOW


Just before you hit Windermere, you have Gummer's How, a 30 minute walk leading to stunning views over the lake. If you Google it, it's described as a short, sharp walk. It's an easy walk but does involve a few climbing bits, and if you're a wimp like me, a few breaks on the way up. The view is worth the hike however, as you can see for miles on a clear day.




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REWARD YOURSELF WITH A DRINK


THE MASONS ARMS


The term 'treat yo'self' wasn't invented for nothing. Celebrate your uphill victory with a pint at the nearby pub, The Masons Arms. It's a 2 mile drive from Gummer's How car park, and they offer everything from steaks and sandwiches to mains and light bites.




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VISIT


BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE


Probably my favourite part of the Lakes, Bowness is filled with cute cobbled streets, pretty shop windows and inviting eateries. You can walk in between here and Windermere in about 25 minutes, so get a few extra hours on the parking meter to explore both.
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