STA Travel - #WildCardUK Part 5 – THE LAKES DISTRICT
Hello and welcome to the fifth blog of my whirlwind #WildCardUK series, thanks to the legends at STA Travel Australia and Visit Britain.
In this video (full version can be found HERE), we take on the Lakes District, checking out some of the most tranquil and stunning spots of the popular holiday destination just south (and across the jump) of Edinburgh.
For all the in’s and out’s and details of the video- read below!
- Mountain Goat Tours: our first port of call was with Tony and the Mountain Goat Tours. Tony was super lovely and very informed about all ten of the lakes that were part of the ‘Ten Lakes Spectacular’ tour. He was especially patient with our a billion Beatrix Potter questions (her family home where she wrote a few of her books is in Lancashire in the Lake District). I grew up with Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck and wanted to know all the hot goss about my favourite childhood author. The best thing about the tour was the flexibility- based on what we wanted to see and what interested us, Tony was able to divert from the usual route and take us on special little trips. My favourite two were to this ginormous waterfall, Aira Force in Penrith, Cumbria (it was so magical, I felt like I was in a scene from Ferngully the movie) and a mini Stone Henge (Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick, Cumbria) where I even got an ice-cream cone and pretended like it was a touch warmer than it was.
- The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop: another unplanned stop, we were driving along when I saw a huge crowd of people gathering around the quaintest little cottage on the side of the road. This was particularly bizarre as we hadn’t seen another living soul on the journey so far. Tony was more than happy to pull over as the crew tumbled out of the bus in search for even more sweet snacks. This little shop was the real deal- the staff were even dressed in olden day clothes- and the gingerbread was unreal- Jamie Oliver said it was the “best I’ve eaten” and if it’s good enough for Mr Lovely Jubbly…
- Windermere Hydro Hotel: not featured in the STA video but definitely worth a mention is the hotel we stayed at in the Lakes District. Something straight out of Faulty Towers, it was full of character (and characterS), ginormous chandeliers, lots of secret stairwells and one creepy (but kinda cool) games room worth checking out at night time. With a torch. And some balls.
To see the video evidence of just how cute Tony was, click HERE!