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Drunk as a Duck in Lakeland

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An August 2005 trip to Lake District by jaybroek

The Lake District Photo, Lake District, England More Photos
Quote: Out-of-the-way rural charm in a pub in the Lake District. Home-brewed beer, gourmet dining and constant rain--just your average summer weekend, then.

Drunk as a Duck in Lakeland

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Overview

The Lake District Photo, Lake District, England
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The Drunken Duck; who couldn’t be attracted to a pub with such an evocative name. Once I discovered it was set in the picturesque and hugely popular Southern Lakes of Cumbria, our fate was sealed. The Blonde had happened upon The Drunken Duck whilst scouring the web for a birthday treat for me. As is occurring with ever-increasing frequency these days, this triggered a bout of reminiscing. Misty-eyed, I regaled the Blonde with tall tales about fells I’d climbed on previous Lake District visits and embellished stories of energetic canoeing adventures. After informing me that if I continued to display signs of ‘turning into my father’ I would enjoy a lonely...Read More

The Drunken Duck Inn

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Hotel

The Drunken Duck Inn Photo, Lake District, England
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The Drunken Duck sits alone on a crossroads, a few miles outside Ambleside. The signpost that stands outside points to some of the southern lakes’ most popular destinations; Hawkshead, Tarn Hows and Ambleside itself, but the junction remains pleasingly quiet – there are easier ways to get between these places and, besides, this is hiking country.It became obvious on arrival that The Duck was a popular place to interrupt such adventures. The outside tables were crowded with walkers enjoying a not-so-brief respite over a fortifying pint or two. We decided that a spot of fortifying might well be in order with or without the strenuous build-up and got through the formalities of checking in with u...Read More

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The Drunken Duck Inn
Barngates, Ambleside, Cumbria.
Lake District, England
+44 (1) 5394 36347

Drunken Duck Inn

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Restaurant | "The Drunken Duck Inn"

Drunken Duck Inn Photo, Lake District, England
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All scrubbed up (and a glass or two of champers to the good), we made our unsteady way to the bar for a pre-dinner drink. Recently refurbished, the room has a contemporary feel; muted grey-green walls, a lengthy wine menu and stylish leather banquettes contrast with more typical country pub furnishings and a range of hearty ales brewed on the premises. We didn’t look out of place ‘done up to the nines’, but then neither did the mud-splattered hikers enjoying a pint of ‘Tag Lag’ or ‘Chester’s Strong and Ugly’. The beer, each variety named after a much-loved family pet, was a great leveler and contributed to the convivial atmosphere. I’m assuming the restaurant is next in line for the make-over treatmen...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 19, 2006

Drunken Duck Inn
Barngates, Ambleside
Lake District, England
+44 15394 36347

Tarn Hows

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Attraction

Tarn Hows Photo, Lake District, England
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Tarn Hows is one of one of the most popular spots in Cumbria; possibly because of its proximity to the southern tourist hub of Windermere, or maybe the requisite tranquil water to circumnavigate and a stunning backdrop including Helvellyn and the Langdale Pikes draws the crowds. These things contribute to what is a neat encapsulation of what the Lakes should be along with one other crucial factor – the trail is so darned easy that the 1.5 mile amble round the tarn (local terminology for a smallish lake) would struggle to offend the most exercise-averse in your family. Indeed, this walk is so flat that it graces the pages of ...Read More

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Tarn Hows
The National Trust, Boon Crag, Lake District
Coniston, Cumbria, England LA21 8AQ
015394 41456

The Bridge House Photo, Lake District, England
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Plans for a (mildly) strenuous assault on a (reasonably) high fell should not have survived the first tentative peak through the curtains. The August rain was of the ‘lashing’ variety and any shred of stoical English forbearance in the light of adversity was sorely tested. Getting caught in a rain shower while being all jolly and outdoorsy is one thing; deliberately heading out into a full-on downpour is strictly for the slightly unhinged. I only wish I’d reached that conclusion an hour earlier.We left our dripping clothes destroying the clean lines of the bathroom and lit out in the car, hoping we might outrun the weather and discover a somewhat unlikely microclimate down by Lake Windermere....Read More