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Lake District ❤ – A Wandering Soul




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What’s up, mate? Been a long since I wrote a blog. Just out from a month-long lockdown and am feeling as free as a bird. Now that London is under the Tier 2 restrictions, traveling to certain parts of the country is made available. On the occasion of our 1st Anniversary and the end of the lockdown, my husband and I planned a short getaway to this beautiful county in Cumbria called Lake District National Park.

Lake District is also known as the ‘Lake land’ and it lies in the North-western region of England. It is one of the most popular holiday destinations and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017. It is considered to be the wettest place in England. It is mainly surrounded by lakes, forests and mountains also referred to as fells. It is home to several famous poets and authors of the era like William Wordsworth, John Ruskin, Beatrix Potter, etc.

History of the National Park.

The Lake District National Park is one of a family of 15 National Parks. The others are the Brecon Beacons, the Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Loch Lomond and Trossachs, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, South Downs, the Yorkshire Dales, the Broads, and the New Forest.

The Lake District National Park is owned and safeguarded by numerous institutions and organizations like The National Trust, United Utilities, Forestry Commission, and other private landowners.

Economy.

Tourism is the major source of income followed by agriculture and mining. Tourism in the Lake District began in the late eighteenth century.  Before then it was considered a wild and desolate place. Later, the aristocrats felt safer to travel to the Lake District than Europe since it was relatively closer to home.

As the railways reached Windermere in 1847, followed by further lines to Keswick and Lakeside at the south end of Windermere it opened opportunities for many more people to do day trips from cities like Manchester, Liverpool, and Newcastle.

White Cross Bay (near Windermere town), is now one of the largest holiday sites in the Lake District. However, between 1939 and 1946 (during World war II) it was an aircraft factory where Sunderland flying boats were produced. The location was ideal due to two factors. The lake was big enough for the planes to take off and it was out of range for the bombers from Mainland Europe. After the war, however, the local council asked the Short Brothers to restore the site to its original condition. No trace of the factory now remains.

“The loveliest spot that man hath found.”

William Wordsworth

One cannot deny it, Lake District is truly one of the beguiling locations in Northern UK. It is a region of incredible beauty famous for its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, and cultural heritage. The area consists of beautiful towns and villages, ancient woodlands and forest, river valleys (dales), lakes, mountains (fells), streams (beck), ghylls, and simply stunning coastlines.

Summary of My Tour.

The entire trip was curated by Viator a TripAdvisor company. All the tours and transfers were arranged by The Mountain Goat an award-winning No.1 Lake District Tour specialist. They were established in 1972 and got their name from a customer commenting that their buses climbed the Lakeland fells like A Mountain Goat.

Our Mountain Goat minivan halted near Kirkstone Pass.

Day 1: London – Windermere took us around 3.5 hrs by train. Our stay was arranged at hotel Lindeth Howe, once owned by Beatrix Potter. The hotel is inspired by the works and collections of Beatrix Potter’s books. It is a 34 room hotel located near Bowness Pier with a 10-minute driving distance from Windermere station. Social distancing and hygiene measures are well taken care of. The food is delicious and well presented.


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