Last year (I think it was) we went glamping to Silverdale and stayed in a lovely little camping pod at Holgates there. On our way home from the trip we decided to have a little detour to the Lakes and ended up driving to Keswick for the day. We had a lovely lunch and wander around The Lingholm Estate and a walk down to Derwentwater, which is a beautiful lake where you can have a swim (and Mr R did!).
Here are some photos from our day trip to Lingholm and the beautiful scenery around Derwentwater. If you are looking for UK staycation ideas you can do a lot worse than the Lake District!
Lingholm Estate was made famous by Beatrix Potter who holidayed here as a small child. What a place to spend summer holidays! According to Lingholm “Beatrix credited The Lingholm Kitchen Garden as her original inspiration for Mr McGregor’s Garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. She also wrote The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and the first draft of The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle whilst staying at Lingholm.” Here’s the obligatory Peter Rabbit reference.
This sheep was so friendly! She hasn’t got her neck stuck, by the way!
Lingholm has the most beautiful kitchen garden – I had such greenhouse envy. It’s easy to see why Beatrix Potter was so inspired by this space. The kitchen garden is laid out in an octagon split into four quadrants with a path running between each one. This allows the beds to be rotated to avoid problems with the soil. The vegetable plots are planted with a mixture of vegetables and salad crops including lots of heritage varieties. If I had the space and time at home I’d love to try and recreate this on a miniature scale. I’m a big fan of order and symmetry so this ticks those boxes, and just looks amazing.
It’s my ideal of a greenhouse – stick a day bed in there and I could spend all day there with a book.
We had a wander through the woods (past the alpacas!) down to the lakeside. This is Derwentwater, which features in Squirrel Nutkin, and is near to Catbells as seen in Mrs Tiggywinkle. I’ve added climbing Catbells onto my “things I’d like to do one day” list.
On the way home from Derwentwater and the Lingholm Estate we drove through the incredible Honister Pass. If you’ve never been that way, you should definitely go. It’s like somewhere from another world with stunning scenery and a random slate mine shop with courtesy busses running to it!
It’s an absolutely beautiful part of the world and somewhere we’ll definitely be returning to when the pandemic has calmed down a bit. I imagine it’s extremely busy this year and will be rammed with tourists, so maybe when people can go abroad again it’ll be a bit quieter and more my levels of “people”.
Have you been to the Lake District? Do you have a favourite place to go?