Lake District Journals

Travels with My Aunt

A travel journal to Lake District by fizzytom

Quote: My aunt moved to the Lake District several years ago and each time I visit, I try to take in somewhere new. This is my guide to restaurants, pubs, activities, and tourist attractions in the area.

Travels with My Aunt

Overview

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The scenery is undoubtedly the top puller for tourists to this area. It's pretty hard to single out indiviual places -- it's all breathtaking! If I had to choose one, it's got to be boating on Windemere -- the lake is immense and even in the high season, it has such a feeling of tranquility.

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The Red Lion Inn

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Restaurant

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This 15th-century coaching inn offers everything you would expect of a country pub. Many of it's original features like wooden beams and a lovely log fire are still in place and with it's half-timbered exterior it looks like something from a fairy tale. There are meals available from the bar but I think that when you see what is on offer in the restaurant you might go for the more formal setting. The Red Lion Inn prides itself on serving local produce and, as a result, the menu changes daily. Who could resist Hassett Hills Minted Lamb Henry" or Fell-bred Sirloin Steak"? Main courses come in at around £8-11, which I think is very reasonable considering the ingredients. As well as loca...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2003

The Red Lion Inn
The Square, Hawkshead, Cumbria
Lake District, England
01539436213

Brockhole Visitor Centre

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Attraction

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Brockhole is a beautiful house, bought in the 1860s by a Manchester textile merchant as a place to spend his leisure time and, obviously, to emphasise his status amongst his fellow northern businessmen. The house is set in 30 acres of amazing terraced gardens which reach down to Windemere's shore. The landscaped gardens are a joy, full of vibrant colour and life, teeming with birds and butterflies on summer days. The author, Beatrix Potter, was a regular visitor to Brockhole on the 19th Century and mentions the place fondly in her journals, as do I! Inside the house there are all kinds of interactive exhibitions and film shows about all aspects of the National Park -- history, geology...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 27, 2003

Brockhole Visitor Centre
Lake Windemere shore
Lake District, England

Caldbeck

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Story/Tip

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Caldbeck is situated in what is known as the "Northern Fells". I read once that it's exactly between Keswick, Carlisle, Cockermouth, and Penrith. . . to make it easier, I'd say it's about 30 minutes south of Carlisle by car. Caldbeck's biggest claim to fame is that the famous huntsman John Peel (yes, he of the song) lies buried in St. Kentigern's, the the viilage's 12th century church. The name comes from the river that passes through the village "Cald Beck" literally translated as "Cold Stream" and very picturesque it is too. At one time, the village was known for mining, not just coal but various other minerals and records seem to show that there was mining activity in the...Read More

Grange-over-Sands

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Known simply as "Grange" by the locals, this town is the southern gateway to the Lake District. A once fashionable resort for holidaying Victorians and Edwardians, Grange has lost none of its understated charm, reflected in the high quality of it's hotels, traffic-free promenade alongside the beautiful ornamental gardens and an a ray of "olde worlde" shops and cafes. This is the England of brass bands playing in the park, the green with its duck pond opposite the rather grand facade of the station and old ladies enjoying a stroll before dinner. Grange is, in a geographical sense, a seaside resort but it has managed to avoid the greasy burger joints, the amusement arcades and the "kiss-me-quick"...Read More

Bowness on Windermere

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Bowness is a pretty lakeside tourist town situated halfway along the 12 mile length of Lake Windermere. The town itself is very old but became more visited due to the popularity of the Lakeland poets, most notably Wordsworth. The town became even more popular with the advent of the railways in the 19th century and as a result wealthy Lancashire businessmen built grand homes overlooking the lake. Many of these have now been converted into splendid luxury hotels in beautiful landscaped grounds. One famous businessman who did just that was Mr. Schneider of Barrow steelworks who even had his own boat, the Esperance in which he sailed down to Lakeside on the south shore each morning to pick up the t...Read More