My boyfriend and I went for a day trip to the lakes over the weekend. I have been to Lake Windermere before, however, it is so beautiful I wanted to go back.
We woke up early to get ready for the train journey up north to the lakes. I chose to wear my beige Hollister shorts, paired with a black tank top, with beige, pink and blue detail. I added my Primark blue trainers for the long walk ahead of me.
The train to the lakes takes about two hours and has three changes. While it was nice to relax on the trains, we were itchy to arrive at our destination. We finally arrived at Lake Windermere at around 2pm and really started off our day trip.
The walk from the train station to the lake takes about an hour, depending on your walking speed. We took it slow, exploring the shops and restaurants. This little town is what you would expect a typical English town to look like. The buildings are stone and full of character, housing personal businesses such as art shops, clothing shops and tea houses.
We stopped for lunch in a little tea house called Bryson’s. This little restaurant had a homey feel. We ordered cokes and banana milkshakes to cool down from the heat. We then ordered sandwiches and salad, with a side of chips to share. This light meal was enough to fill us up in order to continue our journey to the lake.
Eventually we arrived at the lake where we walked around and enjoyed the view. Being here before, I was aware that there were boat tours on the lake that took you to different areas, or you could opt for just a round-trip scenic ride. We decided to buy tickets for a boat ride that would take us to Ambleside.
The trip was 70 minutes in total around the lake. We boarded the boat and started our journey. The landscape was incredible. It stared rolling hills carved out by the last ice age. The houses tucked away in the hills were breathtaking. Some were so picturesque, weddings were taking place outside. There was also a castle along the way that was built originally for a doctor, however, Beatrix Potter vacationed in it as well.
We were going to get off the boat and explore Ambleside, as I had never been. However, we ran out of time and had to head back to make our train home. We stayed on the boat and went back to where we started. Once we docked we made the hour walk back to the train station, ready to go home.
The Lake District is a place that shouldn’t be missed when visiting the North West of England. It is a place that I hope to return to in order to explore it more.