I hadn’t been to the Lakes for a few years. We’d often go up when we were kids on caravanning holidays and I have nothing but warm and fond memories of the times we had there. I often wonder if I truly got it while I was there. Did I really appreciate the wonders of nature and the awe-inspiring sights of the lakes and the surrounding mountains? I definitely do now!
There are few things as Euphoric as taking a day’s hill or mountain walking around the Lakes. It’s hard work, but the rewards are astounding, especially on a clear day where you can see for miles. In the summer sunshine, there’s really nowhere I’d rather be than at the top of Hawkshead Hill, or the Old Man of Coniston or Scafell Pike. Scafell Pike was such a challenge – 978 metres high and a long way to walk, but we were so exhilarated at the peak, so taken in with our surroundings that our exertions were soon forgotten, and those thoughts replaced by sheer elation.
Keswick is a lovely little town. fantastic food, fantastic views, fantatic walks.
We were staying in Bowness-on-Windermere in the Field House Guest House, right in the centre of Bowness and with views over the lake itself. A hearty breakfast set us up for the day and we were out. Bowness itself has no end of pubs and restaurants – all of a very high quality. There is also the visiting attraction of the Beatrix Potter story. I hadn’t really connected her with the Lake District, but she was really passionate about the area. The Peter Rabbit garden there was lovely and gave me some ideas for back home.
Thanks to Peter Rabbit, I can’t look at a lettuce without thinking of the word soporific! But then again, maybe it was the pub lunch we had in front of a roaring log fire where we had a hearty beef pie and a pint of red ale from the local brewery. There’s something hypnotic about a log fire that I find enchanting.
I’ve often had that dream of having a country cottage with a smallholding. An allotment for the vegetables and space to keep chickens and ducks. It was heavenly up there and quite aspirational. No wonder so many celebrities want to write children’s books. They’ve all seen Ms Potter’s cottage and want that lifestyle!
The views around the Lakes are truly Beautiful
Some good shopping to be had around Bowness
Back in Bowness-on-Windermere, we had booked a table at the Porto restaurant, which came highly recommended. And we were not disappointed. That food was out of this world and a fitting finale to our stay in the Lakes. I will be back, you can be sure of that! Excellently Euphoric!