Top 10: What to do in the Lakes (part 3)

Graham Hadaway - Monday, May 11, 2015

It’s time to round off our expert guide to the Lakes in some spectacular style, starting with a stroll around Derwentwater.



Derwentwater, near Keswick


Keswick is famous for its graphite and its slate mines – that’s why it’s the home of the largest colouring pencil in the world – but nowadays, visitors make their way here to visit the bustling streets of a beautiful market town.


Derwentwater is said to have been one of Beatrix Potter’s favourite Lake District locations, and it’s really no surprise. With handsome views and the opportunity to row the lake at your leisure, there’s really nothing to dislike.


The Drunken Duck, near Hawkshead


Nicely nestled on a hilltop between Hawkshead and Coniston, this is the gastropub you want to visit. As the years have passed the food has reached top notch restaurant standard and there’s no way you’ll be disappointed.


There’s nothing pretentious about this place though, you’ll enter into a rustic beamed bar, decorated with sports prints and antiques, and the menu is brimming with traditional British classics. So, if you’re looking to try something that’s a bit out there, like lamb sweetbreads and goat curd, then this is definitely the place for your feast.


The Church Suites, Bowness-On-Windermere


Finally, to finish off the creation of some amazing memories, a stay in one of The Cranleigh’s Church Suites is a must. When you’re roaming around the Lake District, taking in the fresh air and checking out some of England’s most famous and beautiful sights, you’ll need somewhere to rest your weary head at night. You don’t want just any old bed though, you need a cocoon of complete luxury, where you can sleep soundly in the knowledge that you’ll wake up feeling revived, refreshed and ready for the day ahead. The only downside is the fact that our rooms are so luxurious, you might not want to leave.


Sadly, we’ve reached the end of our expert ‘what to do in the Lakes’ guide, but don’t fret, we’ll be back next week with something equally as exciting and full of invaluable information if you’re planning a stay in the Lakes.

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