Lovely clear landscapes at the start of the 2008 trip pre-snowfall!
The English Lake District i think is the most beautiful place in England, it's sweeping landscapes of hills and ye olde english feel is captivating and inspiring beyond anywhere else i've seen in England thus far. Inspiring some of our literary greats for decades pumping out fantastic tales and poetry gallore. As an occassional writer myself i find myself most inspired when surrounded by Nature, the only two places in the world i've found this inspiration come to me for stories are the Lake District and New Zealand.
Amongst the things i love about the Lake District quite traditionally of me are the tea shops! My all time favourite cafe in the lakes is "The Wild Strawberry" which is in Keswick and is easily identified by the rather large strawberry emblems outside the shop near the centre of town.
I do enjoy Lake District duckies they're very friendly ^_^ (09)
Keswick is a good place for shopping in general if you're short of walking boots or socks...but i'd hope if you were visiting the lakes you'd come stocked up with walking socks and a good sturdy pair of walking shoes! Other noteable places are the chocolate and sweet shop in Keswick which is more than worth a visit if you have a sweet tooth or for treats for friends and family back home! Also there's some rather famous Gingerbread in Grasmere
which you'll find the name of in any good search engine on the internet but if you're a gingerbread fan i'm told it's the best! I always pick some up for my mum when i go :)
Walking round the lakes will keep you entertained for hours, there's masses of different walks to go on from traditional old houses to look around (including the fantastic Beatrix Potter and several of William Wordsworths past dwellings as well as his gravestone) to giant lakes to admire the view and row on.
My, holding up Bowder Stone with my superhuman strength! :-D (09)
The past two years i visited the lakes they have all been frozen! Very beautiful indeed but not for skating on, we wouldn't get nearly hard enough ice for that in England...that didn't stop me trying last year mind, despite all the rocks i couldn't break the ice so i figured it was worth a little skate if anything...by the time i got back to the hostel i was covered in frost from getting so wet...fortunately i'd tried in a shallower area. Note to travellers...no skating on the lakes! ^_^ Row on them though when they aren't frozen, it's very pretty and a lovely little activity if you take a picnic out on the lake with you :)
If simple walks however lengthy aren't for you then i highly reccommend taking a hike up one of the three peaks in the UK, Scafell Pike being that peak.
Having a paddle with the puddle ducks (out of sight) (07)
The highest mountain in England it's a challenge or endurence, strangely the steepest bits weren't the challenging part for me however it was the valley lead up which seemed to drag on forever and ever making your legs ache annoyingly begging for breaks or downslopes, saying that, when you reach the first topping in sight your heart sinks when you see the giant drop slope before you leading to an even steeper and seemingly impossible upward slope...this happens a few times before you get to clamber up above the clouds, if you're fortunate enough to get to the Pike on a clear day the view is simply breathtaking but even on a cloudy day there are breaks in the cloud to see and the feeling of achievement at the top is indescribable!
If you happen to be in England and have seen the Queen and all the glamour that is London, for rural delight the Lake District is deffinitely the place to go! Family friendly, traveller friendly fun there literally is something for everyone :)