After a severe case of writer’s block last week (sorry about that!) I have decided to start a new series on my blog called ‘A Weekend Away…’. The idea came to me when I was away over Easter in the Lake District for a couple of days and I was thinking about the impending summer placement doom where I am traveling across many cities across the UK and S. Ireland for a couple of weeks at a time.
So, the first destination on my weekend away series is the Lake District. Specifically Grassmere. The inspiration for visiting the Lake District came from the book ‘A Shepherd’s Life’ by James Rebanks (which I’m pretty sure I have mentioned in a pervious blog post). It is a beautifully written book, giving an insight into the experiences of farmers who call the Lake District home.
There are no words to describe the beauty of the Lake District. From the moment I arrived I just felt so calm, surrounded by huge fells with hand built stone walls compartmentalising the fields. The lakes were so pure and still, reflecting the surrounding fells on the water’s surface. Easter was the most perfect time to come as there were lambs everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Even before we had arrived in Grassmere I was stopping the car to look and take photos of the beautiful fluffy lambs.
I chose Grassmere to stay in because rumour had it (i.e. my mum told me) that it is much less touristy than Windermere. This advice was very true as I visited Windermere on the second day and I wasn’t too taken by it. Don’t get me wrong the surrounding scenery was lovely however, the town was just so busy with tourists that it took away from the beauty and quaintness of the town. We did one of the National Trust walks at Windermere which was lovely and much better than being in the town centre.
Anyway, back to Grassmere. Definitely my favourite area that we visited. The town was fairly busy with tourists the first day however, by around 4pm most of them had gone and for the remainder of our stay it wasn’t particularly busy. We stayed at The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa, the reason we chose here over the other hotels in that area was simply they had a couple of very good deals on. We went for the Gourmet break which included an 8-course dinner on the first night in their Signature restaurant and then a 2-course dinner on the second night in their Dove Bistro. Both meals were amazing, the first came with a different wine for each course. The room we stayed in was perfect, it overlooked the village which was brilliant for people watching! The bed was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in and it was MASSIVE. We arranged for a spa treatment each on the second day, and mine was incredible. I left the room felling so zen that I fell asleep for about an hour on a sun longer in the swimming pool area.
We were incredibly lucky with the weather, it was slightly drizzly in the mornings but by the afternoon the sun was out and the ground had dried so the walks weren’t particularly muddy (which was good because we both forgot walking shoes!).
My absolute favourite thing to do whilst we were there was the long walks followed by the big meals. Special mention to The Drunken Duck Inn which had the most incredible twist on pub food. On the last day, when we were halfway up the mountain an airshow started. There was loads of old military planes and helicopters which were flying super low through the valleys, it was amazing.
On thing I did learn from this holiday whilst we were walking was that I am terrible at directions, I just get so disorientated so easily! But luckily the paths were easy to follow and even if you strayed from the path you could find another one not far away!
Im already dreaming of going back here at some point because it was exactly the holiday that I needed. Quiet, peaceful, surrounded by nature with a home-away-from-home to come back to at the end of the day. Total bliss.