I’ve been dreaming… of a White Christmas in the Lake District. Ever since I heard the tale of a snowy Tarn Hows walk on Christmas Eve, I have been itching for us all to stay there over the Christmas break.
Regular readers will already know that the Lake District is our favourite place to explore as a family. One of the big reasons we relocated to Yorkshire was so that we’d be closer to the Lakes for adventures. So imagine the Lake District in December; logs burning on an open fire (and/or chestnuts), Bertie nipping at our toes, and snowy walks to the local pub for a glass of something wonderful and a hearty stew.
I’ve been browsing the ClickStay website for possible cottages for next year (check out this amazing chateau that sleeps 18 – isn’t it divine?), and it’s got me thinking about our favourite places to have adventures in the Lake District.
Here are our top three:
1. Allan Bank House
Top of our list is Allan Bank House in Grasmere. Grasmere is a wondrous place to visit as it is, with the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop and some lovely walks around. But the National Trust property – Allan Bank House – is the cherry on top of a fantastic village.
Situated up on a hill, looking out over the village, the National Trust house has something for everyone. From free tea and coffee in vintage cups and saucers, to an art room where you can draw, paint and sketch all day long. There’s even a children’s playroom with dressing up costumes! The grounds are also beautiful, and if you’re lucky – you might spot a real life Squirrel Nutkin.
2. Tarn Hows
Tarn Hows is a relatively new discovery of ours. We visited on our last Lake District adventure in August and fell in love.
The Tarn is so still and beautiful, and the walks that lead off from the Tarn are amazing! We ended up on a waterfall walk last time, and the children spent a good hour or so paddling in the river at the bottom of the walk.
The return journey, although all uphill, was absolutely stunning.
3. The walk to Hill Top Farm
Although we’ve visited Hill Top Farm (Beatrix Potter’s abode) many times, we’ve only walked up there once, but it’s a glorious walk and one I can’t recommend enough.
Hill Top Farm itself is also pretty special.
Ooh, I’m getting all excited for next year now! Where is your favourite place to visit in the Lakes?