Lake District has been known as the largest National Park of England, and later on become World Heritage Site since 2017, which has 21 large water bodies located in the county of Cumbria. My friends and I take around 4 hours traveling from London to Oxenholme Lake District by Virgin Train. You can check the train schedule and buy ticket online on Trainline or Virgin Train Apps. I buy 4 tickets with Railcards reduction that cost me £288. With the tickets, we can return London within a month.
At Oxenholme, we hop on a coach to Windermere – the largest natural lake in England.
Because there is lacking in public transports, my tip is taking the contact of local taxies from the tourist booth or hotel’s reception or renting a car to explore this National Park. During our trip, we use service of ACE taxi since their price is reasonable, and drivers are very friendly and knowledgable that take us to many breathtaking sceneries of Lake District.
We visit Windermere during the festival time, so almost accommodations near the lakeside have no vacancy. Meantime, Booking.com offers me a good deal for 2 night staying at The Mortal Man Inn that is such a lovely English Inn established in 1689, beneath the rugged fells of Troutbeck Valley, having an incredible panoramic view to Lakeland mountain. The free breakfast is always served from 8.30am to 10am everyday at dinning room, with cereals, milk, juices, tea and coffee. Or the guests can order foods from menu at a cheap price, just about £5. You can also enjoy a £15 cash reward when booking accommodation on Booking.com with discount link.
After a long night on the train, we wolf down four traditional portions of English breakfast at the hotel, then take a short rest before heading for the grounds to explore the National Park.
That’s just irresistible when you wake up to the sound of birdsong drifting at the middle of nowhere in such a beautiful summer day.
The first thing to explore the Lake District is taking a hiking tour of Wansfell that is described as one of the Wainwrights walks taking you over to Ambleside. What a perfect walk for the beginner wanting a small challenge on their first visit!
It takes you 4 hours to walk, but in exchange, you will enjoy the wonderful lakeside stroll and a stunning view of Windermere from the hill. With a youthful spirit, we go hiking without map and Internet, through the lush and greenfield to the forest and streams. If you want to have a truly wild country escape from the bustle of the metropolitan city, workplace or assignment, Lake District is absolutely a perfect place since the quality of Internet is quite weak, and almost no signal sometimes.
Arriving in the Lakeside at 16.00 after 4 hours walking, we pop into The Log House to take rest and have a late lunch. Then taking a stroll down to the town and bring some snacks to rooms, since the hotel’s kitchen closes at 20.00 and we can’t find anything to eat at night in the middle of nowhere.
Since there are 21 natural lakes in the Lake District area, you shouldn’t miss out the activities on the water, including rowing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, fishing or splash about on the shore.
To start a day with full English breakfast and tea by the lake at Ambleside, we spend a whole day out on Windermere.
With the Freedom of the Lake ® tickets, we can hop on and off any cruise travelling around Windermere lake within 24 hours, costly £15.60/ adult. Our route comes by Waterhead (Ambleside), Bowness on Windermere, and Lakeside. It takes around 3.5 hours to wander the lake on cruise. You can buy ticket at harbours or online. For more detailed information, please visit website of Windermere Lake Cruises.
Arriving at Lakeside by boat is very much like stepping back in time, the ornate station with pavilion restaurant and tearooms alongside, the steam train awaiting on the other side of harbour.
Having dinner at a cozy bistro-style restaurant serving fresh lobster and fish from the Lake.
The perfect end to an incredible trip to remember.
Hope to see you in my upcoming blog about What to eat in Lake District.