The Lake District is located in northwestern England and its a popular travel location for many because of its lakes, mountains (fells), and hiking trails. It was also a favorite travel spot for the the likes of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter! While it may not compete with Minnesota and Wisconsin for quantity of lakes, it certainly can hold its own in terms of beauty. There are enough trails to last an avid hiker a lifetime and each comes with its own distinct geographic features and staggering views. Rather than write extensively about it, I am instead going to let the photos mostly speak for themselves.
After renting a car in Ipswich (a mint green Fiat!), we drove 5.5 hours to Keswick, one of the more populous towns in the Lake District and centrally located. As we still had an hour or two of daylight when we arrived, we made our way first to the prehistoric Castlerigg stone circle which is dated between 3000 and 2500 BC.
|Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick, Cumbria|
|Greta Bank Farm in Keswick|
We capped off the day with dinner and drink at the Dog and Gun pub in Keswick, a packed local spot that seemed to be a favorite among dog owners (at one point I swear there were more dogs than people inside!). Those around us were very friendly and we chatted for hours. Everyone was eager to hear about our lives in the US and to figure out how two Americans ended up in the Lake District in the winter. We also benefited from their local tips and anecdotes about the area.
Our second day, we planned a slightly more vertical hike up to a high mountain lake near Easedale Tarn. By comparison to the previous day, we did not see the sun at all, however, it was still a terrific hike.