A trip to Britain is not complete without an excursion to the famous Lake District made famous by children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter.
We drove up on Friday night after work, the trip taking about 2.5 hours. We stayed just north of Lake Thirlmere – in a pub called The Kings Head. It was very cosy and comfortable, away from the busy and noisy town of Windermere.
We ran a tab at the pub, charging all our incidentals to our room. We ate dinner at the restaurant on the Friday night and sat back in the lounge and absorbed the tasteful surroundings while sipping on some mulled cider.
It was the beginning of December when we visited. Snow had already fallen in many parts of Britain, the Lake District included. We awoke on our first morning to blanket of snow which had fallen outside our accommodation and all the fells (mountains) behind us were covered in a lovely white, fluffy icing.
We slept in, enjoying the warmth of the central heating while admiring the lovely white landscape outside. After our inclusive full English breakfast, we ventured down to Windermere for a look and see. Being the week before Christmas, it was bustling with people, but very pretty with all the Christmas lights and decorations and with it brought a lovely festive feel to the town.
The only touristy thing we did was visit Beatrix Potter World.
After hearing bedtime stories when I was 4, like Wind in the Willows, the tales of these animals, were something from my past that I just had revisit. This trip back in time brought back many fond and dear memories of that time in my life.
We stayed in Windermere for dinner and found a gorgeous 17th century pub called Hole in t’Wall, with roaring log fires and a friendly, fun atmosphere. The curry we ate there comes highly recommended.
We drove back to enjoy the peace and quiet of the fire in our hotel, along with a glass of local port before hitting the hay. The next day was grey and pouring with rain so we headed back home shortly after breakfast.
Definitely like to return to the Lake District, but next time I’d like to hike and explore The Fells on foot.
- Kings Head Hotel, Thirlmere
- £80/night for 2 people in double bed including basic English cooked breakfast. ie no black pudding! Free parking.