Mini break to the lovely Lake District

Mini break to the lovely Lake District

12th November 2017 101 By Rachael Stray

After a crazy summer of moving 250 miles back up North and starting new jobs the husband and I were ready for a mini break.

We only had a week off and didn’t want to travel too far so we settled on the lovely Lake District, as I’d never been before.

I scouted some last minute deals and booked us in for a few days at Elder Grove bed and breakfast in Ambleside. 

The B&B is family-run by a father and son duo and is only a short walk into town in one direction and the lake and stunning walks in the other.

It’s laid out over four floors (of course our room was at the very top) and it’s really lovely.

We had ample space, a nice bathroom, comfy bed and plenty of storage. Most importantly breakfast was a real treat – locally sourced food and award-winning homemade jams – delicious!

Unfortunately for us, the British weather did it’s best to dampen our spirits but we were prepared with waterproof jackets and a stiff upper lip.

Steve and I waiting for the boat at Lake Windermere

Steve and I waiting for the boat at Lake Windermere

There’s lots to do in Ambleside and we enjoyed good food, independent shops and some lovely walks.

Cloudy skies in Ambleside

Cloudy skies in Ambleside

A short walk from the centre of Ambleside, behind the Salutation Hotel, is a walk which leads to Stock Ghyll Force, a spectacular 70 foot waterfall.

Stock Ghyll, a tributary of the River Rothay, tumbles down through a series of waterfalls to the centre of Ambleside, passing under the famous Bridge House.

We trudged our way up and over rocks slippy underfoot until we reached the top. It was well worth getting out of breath for.


My husband thought he was being clever trying to get a close up picture and clambered up a particularly slippy rock and ended up taking a tumble and hurting his thumb (bruised – much like his ego). Fortunately he survived his ordeal and we made our descent.

On a particularly wet and windy day we sought refuge in one of the independent cinemas which is housed in two restaurants – Zeffirellis and sister restaurant Fellinis (a short walk between each other) and watched the epic Dunkirk.

The cinema was small but mighty – great picture and sound with comfy plush seats and it was lovely and dark too. It’s well worth a visit for all the family.

We also ventured down to Lake Windermere and took a short boat trip over to Bowness.

Moody sky at Lake Windermere

Moody sky at Lake Windermere

By the time we moored it was another very wet and windy day so we made our way to The World of Beatrix Potter in an attempt to warm up and dry off.

I’ve always been a big fan of Beatrix Potter and the attractions reminded me of Fenwick’s Christmas window display.

Naughty bunnies at Beatrix Potter World

Naughty bunnies at Beatrix Potter World

The Beatrix Potter experience begins with a five minute film introducing you to the author and her stories and illustrations. The doors from the film room open to the main exhibition in which the sights and sounds of Beatrix Potter’s much loved characters are magically brought to life.

The World of Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter

There’s also a garden outside, a gift shop and tea room.

Admission prices are reasonable – £7.50 for adults, £3.95 for children and a family ticket is £21. It’s well worth a visit – particular if you have little ones.
Steve and I aren’t big walkers but I can certainly see why thousands flock to the Lake

District all year round to go for long walks with fantastic scenery.
Although we spent much of our break trying to dry off we really enjoyed ourselves and I’m sure we’ll return again soon.

There’s lots of great places to eat, loads of great walks and plenty of day tips to keep everyone busy.


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Have you visited the Lake District? What would you recommend we try next time we go? Let me know in the comments below.


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