This week we’re visiting the lovely Lakes! Our Lakeland park is located in a perfect spot on the Cumbrian coast.
Close by we have the scenic views of Morecambe Bay and the rolling hills of the Lake District. Have a little wander down to the nearest quaint towns or walk, hike and bike in the surrounding National Park – get that fresh country air in your lungs!
You can get active on our lake that is in the heart of our park – I’d recommend the kayaking for a different way to spend your afternoons!
We’ve asked the wonderful Sharon, who has been a member of the team at Lakeland since January to give us some tips on how to live like a local while visiting The Lakes!
‘Gosh, where do I start? So many scenic, thrilling, beautiful views and attractions it hard to know what to mention! Taking things from a near to the park then over to the really popular lake attractions here’s a list of my top tips…
Near to park golden nuggets that people often miss:
Cartmel Sticky toffee pudding factory
A stroll just off park towards the village of Flookburgh you’ll find the Cartmel sticky toffee pudding factory – with a factory shop to stock up on all your favourites. It will take you no more than 10 minutes from our park entrance and well worth a mooch around.
Just 4 miles away you’ll find the pretty village of Cartmel (yes, famous for said pudding and race course) is lovely for lunch and boasts a variety of wonderful eateries for all the foodies out there. From coffee shops to Michelin Star restaurant L’Enclume. Don’t miss the cheese shop and the brewery for some exceptional take outs.
Grange Over Sands
Just 5 miles away is Grange Over Sands which I love for the ornamental duck pond (duck food available in the Paragon shop opposite) and traffic free promenade. The other little gems are an award winning butchers (Higginsons) with spectacular meat pies, and the Hazelmere Cafe and Bakery with afternoon cream teas to die for, and you can take away some wonderful artisan breads or some delicious mouth-watering cakes. Most visitors tend to head over to lake Windermere through Cartmel and miss the town of Grange Over Sands which is a shame as it’s a lovely place with great views over Morecambe Bay.
A little further afield are the ‘main event’ of the Lake District National Park
Windermere and Bowness-On-Windermere
The most popular (and very busy in summer) is of course Windermere & Bowness-On-Windermere. Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and is known as the main gateway to the Lake District. You can catch the steam railway or make your way to the cruise boats to see The Lake District from another point of view!
If you are a walker then this area is paradise found for you. There’s a great variety of walks, from low-level lakeside ambles to felltop hikes where you feel on the roof of the world.
Did you know? William Wordsworth first opposed the steam railway that came in 1847!
Visiting the local waterfalls is always popular, with Aira Force being one of the most impressive of the bunch with a 65ft drop! But don’t just take our word for it – try this link for more information.
Museums and galleries
For museums and galleries don’t miss the Lakeland Motor Museum and the World of Beatrix Potter. Also a visit to Grasmere to see Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum is a firm favourite (especially in spring when the daffodils are in bloom), Grasmere being the place where the most famous and widely read poem in the English language was written. ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud ……’
Country shows and festivals
When visiting the greener side of England it would be shame to not embrace it with all your inner farmer-charm! Throughout the year you can visit many different festivals and events that really shows off what Cumbria and The Lakes have to offer.’
Do you think you have any top tips to add to Sharon’s? Let us know in the comments below!