I mentioned in my last post that we spent a few days in the Lake District on our recent trip to the UK. We were celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary and it was such a lovely few days to spend together in the midst of catching up with family and friends.
When we travel, we always like to go somewhere new. We’re never really ones to go back to the same place – except for the Lake District. We’ve been quite a few times and always base ourselves in the same place, Ambleside.
Our love for the Lakes began not long after we first met. I used to work for Best Western in their head office in York. We often got given free nights to stay at various hotels so we could check them out and be more knowledgeable when marketing them. The Best Western in Ambleside gave us all a voucher for a free night stay to check out their new spa facilities, and even though Kristian and I had known each other about a month, he had moved to the other side of the country so we decided to meet up and spend a few days at the hotel. January in the Lake District is cold and wet, but we had a lovely time, and we keep going back! A few years later Kristian proposed in the Lake District, so it was the ideal place to spend our anniversary.
We drove up from York and stopped off at the Hawkshead Brewery for lunch and a refreshing drink. It was a really cool place that we hadn’t been to before. Lunch was ‘beer tapas’ and included a Yorkshire pudding filled with beef and gravy, ribs and pork pie. And as I’m not a fan of beer this cider was delicious!
We visited Bowness and Windemere for an ice cream that afternoon, then checked into the hotel to use their amazing spa facilities. They have upgraded it since we were last there and now have a huge outdoor spa too. It’s perfect after a day walking in the Lakes.
The next day we headed up to Ullswater and walked up the fells for amazing views over the lake. We didn’t pack well for visiting the UK, it was a lot warmer than we were expecting!
The views were absolutely stunning, I’ll never get tired of them. The landscape is so different to the desert in California!
We had worked up a bit of an appetite, so went in search of a cream tea. We were also looking for a jetty on Ullswater that Kristian has had a picture of for years – we found it! So of course spent ages trying to recreate the picture.
I love driving around the twists and turns of the roads in the Lake District, it really makes me appreciate the Great British countryside. I think we definitely appreciated it more after being in the USA. There are so many places to stop and take more photos!
We spent our anniversary evening at our favourite restaurant, Lucy’s on a Plate. If you ever find yourself in Ambleside, go! The food is amazing and it has such a nice relaxed atmosphere. You almost feel as if you are in Lucy’s house, yet the food is top quality. We will always keep going back to Lucy’s!
We spent our last day waterfall hunting. I do love a good waterfall, so we spent the day driving between various lakes and hiking to the waterfalls, taking lots of photos.
The first was Stock Ghyll Force in Ambleside, just a short walk behind our hotel.
We then made our way to Grasmere in search of Skelwith Falls.
We then drove up to Thirlmere, which is a lake we haven’t been to before, in search of the Dob Gill Waterfall. Parts of the road were closed, which meant we had to drive all the way around the north side of the lake and back down the west to get there. It also meant that there was no one else around! Thirlmere is stunning, it feels as if you are in the Alps!
We had the best few days in the Lake District. The only thing we said would have made it better would have been to have Charlie with us! We missed dog a lot, but had to leave him with a dog sitter in California as it would have been far too expensive to bring him for a holiday. He hasn’t been to the Lake District but we know he would love it and can’t wait to take him when we move back to the UK as every where is so dog friendly.