Adventures

Travel Diary: Lake District Ambleside & Grasmere

Call Me Katie - Lake District Day 1 in Ambleside and Grasmere 1

Living in Britain, the Lake District seems to be one of those places where everyone has visited. From childhood holidays to cycling outings and everything in between, I felt like I’d missed out on a key life experience each time a colleague came to the office with Grasmere Gingerbread and everyone else gathered ’round to reminisce about the beauty of the Lake District.

So, Jeff booked us a week-long trip to the Lake District (where he, like everyone else in Britain, holidayed as a child) to show me what I was missing…

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While in the Lake District, we stayed in a small bed and breakfast in Bowness-on-Windermere, a short ferry across Lake Windermere from Ambleside. Here, we went for a pleasant stroll through the hills where I saw many sheep roaming. (As much as I wanted to, I didn’t hug, touch, pet or get close to the sheep – that would be considered a nuisance and stress them out!)

The 17th Century Bridge House over Stock Ghyll is one of the most photographed scenes in Lakeland, and it’s located in Ambleside. It is owned by the National Trust, and you can visit without charge to see the 2 sparsely furnished rooms.

After our walk in Ambleside, we took a bus to Grasmere. Here we loaded up on Grasmere Gingerbread (finally it was my turn to bring this back to the office!) and ate a late lunch at Green’s Cafe & Bistro, which easily served one of the most tasty and satisfying vegan meals I’ve ever had, including a vegan ice cream an brownie sundae for dessert.

Lunch complete, we walked through the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden before catching a bus back to Ambleside then on to Bowness-on-Windermere.

Is the Lake District on your travel wish list?

Much love, Katie xo

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