Guest post by Superbreaker Rosie Bowes in our Groups Department…
If you are looking for escapism then take a trip to the beautiful Lake District. Everyone says you have to go to New England ‘in the Fall’ to experience amazing autumnal colours but you can find this much closer to home. Lake Windermere and the surrounding countryside provide the perfect back drop for a relaxing weekend break, and that’s just what I had!
I headed up to the shores of Lake Windermere and stayed in the Low Wood Bay Hotel last weekend. En route from Yorkshire we called in at the Lakeside Motor Museum near Newby Bridge and had a good couple of hours padding round the museum looking at the old classic cars and also the famous Bluebird Exhibition telling the story of Malcolm & Donald Campbell.
They say it ‘always rains in Windermere’ – well the saying was true, but it did not detract from the beautiful scenery. When you step out of the hotel and have an amazing view across the lake it is truly spectacular. For those adventurous types, the hotel has its own Water Sports Centre if you fancy hiring a boat of doing a bit of sailing. I prefer a bigger boat myself.
You’re often encouraged to ‘go green’ in the Lakes; well you can when staying here. You can walk left to the Brockhole Pier & Lakes Visitor Centre in about 15 minutes from the hotel where you can catch one of the Windermere Lake Cruise boats and visit Bowness & Ambleside – great for shopping. The visitor centre also has a Tree Top Trek if you’re daring enough to try the high Ropes Course!
Alternatively, walk right out of the hotel and in about 20 minutes you are at Waterhead Pier, just outside Ambleside. Top tip: don’t follow the road round to the left when you leave the boat as this is a long walk to the village, walk up to the main road and turn left sign posted for Kendal. This walk takes you past a large Garden Centre and then in to the main shopping area. There are definitely more outdoor /hiking shops here; Bowness has a better selection of shops along with the Beatrix Potter Museum.
If you’re looking for a great beer, then a couple of miles outside of Windermere on the A591 you come across the village of Ings home to the ‘The Watermill Inn’ and micro brewery. With log fires and fine ales this makes a perfect calling point on your way to or from the beautiful Lake District.
What top tips do you have for visiting the Lake District?