Mini break to the lovely Lake District

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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95 thoughts on “Mini break to the lovely Lake District

  1. anhistorianabouttown says:

    This looks absolutely gorgeous!! Beatrice Potter was so much of my childhood, and seeing the birth place of Peter Rabbit has been on my to-do list for years ☺ It is funny to me, every country seems to have their lake district (Canada has quite a few), and they are all so relaxing!! Thank you for sharing 😀

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  2. Simon says:

    I love the Lake District and I’ve been many times. You picked a nice spot and probably did much of what there is to do there. Even when it started with Ambleside I was wondering if you would visit Beatrix Potter’s house.
    The weather in the Lakes is a result of it’s own micro climate and it changes very locally and sometimes very rapidly.
    As for other places, Keswick is quite nice a bit busier and more touristy but you have the ferry tours around Derwent water. Near there is Castlerigg – a circle of ancient stones and some small mountain walks like Catbells (and another which is smaller but I really like but I can’t remember the name). There is also the pencil museum (I know you think really but try it) and the slate mine museum at Honister pass which is on the way to Buttermere which is a small but lovely village for a pub lunch on a nice (or even bad) day.

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  3. roamy says:

    As someone who like a bit rural and not so crowded, lake District would be perfect for my next weekend get away. Looking forward to May, as it`s too cold, cloudy and it will not be fun to visit now.

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  4. eatsleeplovecreate says:

    I’ve heard about Lake District before in my English Literature class. It sounds so amazing and one day I hope I will get to see it😊 Lovely post and lovely blog

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  5. Corinne and Kirsty says:

    This sounds like such a lovely break! I have never been to the Lake District but I am adding it to my travel wishlist coz now I really want to visit! xx corinne

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  6. Annie says:

    Definitely wanting to take a mini break now! Sounds like you guys had such a nice time away. I’ve never been to the Lake District but it sounds like a lovely place. I really enjoyed reading about it! 🙂

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  7. Ellie says:

    Oh wow this looks amazing I can’t believe you’ve never been to the lakes before it’s sauch a beautiful Part of The country! Ambleside is one of my favourite places and I did my geography field work in bowness and it’s stunning! I’m so fortunate to only live an hour away. Grange over Sands is a nice place to check out if your ever up this way again


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  8. Maria says:

    I loved the landscape… it sends some nostaligic vibes, I don’t know why… it remembers me of home and cozyness! I still havent watched Dunkirk…
    I’m afraid of being disappointed because I love Chris Nolan’s movies so much 🙂

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  9. Marie says:

    It looks like you had a great time in Windermere! It’s one of m favourite place in the UK but it’s probably best to go in May or September. The weather is still good and there are less tourists 🙂

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  10. Martin Burt says:

    Thanks Rachael… We were going for the first time this Christmas but had to cancel … looking forward to rebooking and enjoying the beautiful area with the dogs. Would you recommend a particular area thats best.

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    • rachaelstray says:

      The dogs will love it! A lot of restaurants, cafes and pubs are dog-friendly too! I think Ambleside where we stayed is really lovely and there’s a lot there – nice walks, crazy gold, cinemas, restaurants, cafes, shops, the waterfall. Plenty of places to stay too. It’s only a short boat ride across the lake too so you can fit in loads of trips to visit elsewhere. There is loads to do! 🙂


    • rachaelstray says:

      We had a lot of fun and I want to go back next year. He healed up fine thank you. When he slipped I did get a big fright as I thought he was going to go all the way down and into the river. Thankfully he stopped himself. X


  11. girlfromceylon says:

    Hey seems you had a great day and wow you visited The World of Beatrix Potter .I want to take my baby there one day as he loved bunnies.And also these hubbies including mine thinking they are super heroes when it comes to photography 😀 😀

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  12. Honey Lansdowne says:

    Great post. And very timely thanks as looking to visit the lakes next year and have never been. So pleased to see The World of Beatrix Potter there as didn’t know that.

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  13. Sarah says:

    Hello. I’ve just come across your post which has inspired me! I was blogging earlier today about planning my first trip to the Lake District as I’m going there in May. I hadn’t thought about the World of Beatrix Potter and a boat trip on Windermere so I’m going to add these to my list! I’m going to Hardnott Pass which I hear is a very steep, windy road. Did you go there? x

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