My love affair with the Lake District

Growing up in the North of England, the go to place for short breaks and holidays was the Lake District. My Nan had a caravan there for a start and it was, and is, a great place to take children.

What child hasn’t been enchanted by Peter Rabbit and the other Beatrix Potter stories, or wanted to go on Swallows and Amazons style adventures? We used to love going on the paddle steamers and the steam trains, as well as exploring the gardens of historic houses while Mum had a spot of afternoon tea and a few minutes peace and quiet.

Returning as an adult for what these days is called a “staycation”, there are other delights which I didn’t fully appreciate as a child. Hill walking, beautiful scenic views and drams of whisky in front of a roaring pub fire. The Lake District is full of great places to eat, real hidden gems and a rich foodie heritage, not to mention excellent pubs serving delicious local real ales.

There is something magical about the Lake District, for me it evokes a strong feeling of peace and tranquility. In all weathers I can find beauty; the sun shimmering on the surface of a lake, the hills wrapped in rainy mist and shadows cast by clouds on the velveteen hillsides.

Ullswater Afternoon

Ullswater Afternoon by John D Hare ©2012

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