What could be more fabulous than a weekend of family, friends and plenty of fresh air amidst divine scenery? We jumped on the train up to The Lakes to escape the city and spend some quality time with lovely family friends.
As the train approaches the Lake District the scenery transforms into miles and miles of rolling hills, there’s a low lying mist that sits just above the trees and a certain quiet stillness seemingly impossible to find in any city. We arrived into Windermere station located 15minutes walk from the Lake, the old Railway Building dates back to 1849 and is made of the traditional Lakeland stone. Taking a deep breath of that delicious fresh air we began our wonder filled weekend sampling just some of what The Lakes has to offer. Beware the following images may have you running to the Hills:
The Lakes: We caught a ferry across Lake Windermere over to Sawrey, Hawkeshead and made our way up to the World famous Hill Top Farm, home of the late, highly talented children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. As the morning sailed by the mist rose and the clouds parted leaving clear blue skies for as far as the eye could see. There were little yachts and sailing boats dotted around the water, I love the bright red boat that looked almost like a children’s toy. I have some very fond memories of Lake Windermere, like our party weekend at The Royal Windermere Yacht Club and my dearest brother and Father rowing the Lake when I was just a slip of a girl.
Hill Top Farm: Sadly Hill Top Cottage was officially closed for the winter on Sunday 4th November meaning we couldn’t venture in the house, but we had decided that we’d take a walk around the area that inspired Beatrix Potter, stroll through her garden and visit the gift shop. The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. We saw loads of the Lakes own lovable breed of sheep nicknamed ‘Herdys’, tip toed around Mr McGregors garden where Peter Rabbit lived, marvelled at the glorious autumn colours and captured a rather spherical Robin sat in the climbing plants on the side of Hill Top Farm.Visit Wordsworth: Wordsworth was a defining member of the English Romantic Movement. Deeply influenced by his love of nature, especially by the sights and scenes of the Lake Country, Wordsworth spent most of his adult life living and travelling around The Lake District, you only have to open your eyes in the Lake District to understand why. Wordsworth was Britain’s Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850. A profoundly earnest and sincere thinker Wordsworth combined a high seriousness with tenderness and a love of simplicity. We visited the historical Allan Bank once home to Wordsworth and payed our respects to Wordsworth’s’ plot in the graveyard in Grasmere.
Steeped in history, rich with nature, visually spectacular and the power to make anyone turn into an old romantic, The Lakes is the perfect weekend escape.
‘The loveliest spot man hath ever found’ -William Wordsworth
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