Taste of the Lakes – 3 day itinerary


Taste of the Lakes – 3 day itinerary

3 Days

Cumbria is home to the Lake District National Park, a designated UNESCO world heritage site and the focus of the itinerary. The area combines some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain with a rich food culture. Many of the famous Cumbrian food and drink products are still made in traditional ways, such as: Morecombe Bay shrimp, Cumberland sausage, salt marsh lamb, sticky toffee pudding, Kendal mint cake, Grasmere gingerbread, damsons, rum butter.

Getting There

This itinerary is a combination of rail and/or self-drive. The region itself is easily accessible by train from either London (from 2hrs 38mins from Euston) or Manchester (from 1hr 5 mins from Piccadilly) into Oxenholme (or further transfer onto Windermere in as little as 17 mins). Car or minibus easiest way to get around once in the Lake District.

Day 1

Things to do in Grasmere

The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

Day one begins at Lake Grasmere, in the very heart of The Lake District National Park. With no shortage of hills to climb in this stunning setting, an early morning walk to either Loughrigg Fell or Easedale Tarn is a great way to start the day and enjoy some of the beautiful views around Lake Grasmere. Nestling at the foot of these spectacular fells is Grasemere Village, a haven of shops, pubs and cafes and renowned for being both the home and final resting place of the poet William Wordsworth.

And what better motivation for the journey back than The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop? This historic and atmospheric shop was established by Sarah Nelson in 1854 and produces a unique confectionery product called ‘Grasmere Gingerbread®’. This is only the place in the world where it is made and sold, baked fresh every day to a secret recipe.

grasemere gingerbread 1

Dove Cottage

Grasmere, is best known for its connections to the poet, William Wordsworth – he is buried in the town’s churchyard, and the town is home to Dove Cottage, where William Wordsworth produced the most famous and best-loved of his poems. As well as standard tours, a range of group visits are available here, including special ‘after hours’ events and bespoke offerings.

Dove Cottage

Forest Side

As time allows, just 15 minutes away is Forest Side, a former Gothic mansion set in 43 acres of gardens and grounds. Visitors can take a guided tour of the Michelin-starred restaurant’s seasonal kitchen garden with a meal showcasing these ingredients and focusing on predominantly Cumbrian cuisine.

ofrest side
Day 2

Things to do in Ullswater

Ullswater Steamers Cruise

Approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Grasmere is the pretty lake of Ullswater. It’s a beautiful lake to take a paddle, hire a kayak, or hop aboard an Ullswater Steamer to enjoy a Round the Lake Cruise. Operating 363 days a year, and with regular departures throughout the day, it’s a great way to learn about the Arthurian legends of the region, the abundant hills and mountains, any maybe even spot some of the area’s wildlife.

A steamer boat floats on lake Ullswater in the Lake District

Supplier Information

Min – Max capacity: 1 – 30
Frequency: At least three departures daily from Glenridding Pier (Please check timetable for departure times)
Private tours: Available year-round on request
Contact: enquiries@ullswater-steamers.co.uk
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Translation: Audio commentary available in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Welsh via downloadable app

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Ullswater ‘Steamers’

Aira Force

From the banks of Lake Ullswater, it’s just a short walk to Aira Force -one of the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls. Aira Force provides a glimpse of a landscaped Victorian park with dramatic waterfalls, arboretum and rocks scenery. The main waterfall falls 70 feet from below a stone footbridge and it’s the perfect place to walk, marvel at the waterfalls and stop for a picnic.

Ullswater, in autumn, at evening, The Lake District

Lowther Castle

Heading east, we suggest spending the afternoon at Lowther Castle. Built at the turn of the 19th century, on the site of two previous houses, the castle was a grand affair boasting a room for every day of the year. Its gardens were the envy of the north. But in 1957 the castle was demolished. Just the façade and outer walls remained standing and for over half a century, the place was empty – home only to chickens, pigs and the odd bat. The gardens were lost to wilderness.

Seventy years on from its demolition, Lowther Castle is now one of the most intriguing visitor attractions in the country. Indeed it was voted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2018 in the Cumbria Tourism Awards.

Day 3

Things to do in Cockermouth and Keswick

Keswick Market and beauty spots

The final day of this itinerary starts at Keswick Market. Running for over seven centuries and voted the UK’s best outdoor market in 2015, it runs most Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the year and is a great spot to live like a local, selling crafts and award winning food and drink.

Keswick is surrounded by local beauty spots, such as Latrigg, Walla Crag, Catbells and Castlerigg Stone Circle, so it’s the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic and head out to explore.

keswick view

Alpacaly Ever After

For an afternoon with a difference, how’s about a private alpaca walk with Alpacaly Ever After? Walking around the stunning grounds of the Lingholm Estate on the shores of the famous Derwent Water, through the private grounds of Beatrix Potter’s summer home, it’s a unique experience during which participants will get to know the individual personalities of the alpacas, take them for a paddle (or a swim!) in the lake, meet the herd, take part in feeding time and take as many selfies as they like!

alpacally ever after

The Lakes Distillery

As this itinerary draws to a close, it’s just a 20 minute drive to Cockermouth. People the world over know of Scottish whisky, but visitors to the Lake District need travel no further to explore a working distillery. Once a Victorian cattle farm, the Lakes Distillery offers tours which include the stillroom and cask warehouse and tastings of some of its spirits – most notably whisky, but gin and vodka too. This distillery has won a wide range of awards for both its visitor experience and its produce, and has truly earned its title “one of the best new distilleries in the world” (Time Out, New York) since opening in 2014. For lovers of spirits, this is a well-deserved treat at the end of a fascinating few days!

lakes distillery

Britrail Pass

For those exploring Britain by train, a BritRail Pass is the easiest and most cost-effective way to travel. For a single fixed price, pass holders can make unlimited train journeys around the whole country or a region of their choice. BritRail tickets are exclusive to overseas visitors so they will need to buy their ticket before they arrive in the UK.

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