Travel guide: Lake District

After our stay at the Miller Howe Hotel, we went on a little drive round some of the lakes.  The first stop was Boness on Windermere were naturally we had to pay a visit to the shop at the Beatrix Potter attraction.  Then it was on to Skelwith Bridge for some lunch at Chester’s on the River. 

As we were early we continued on to Elterwater to go for a little walk.  The Lake District has some great, accessible walking paths so as long as you stick to well sign posted paths it’s pretty easy to go for a little stroll.  The walk to Skelwtih Bridge from Elterwater only takes about half an hour and is along a lovely little path alongside a river (see the above picture).  It’s also very flat and you wander through a field filled with sheep.  I had to try very hard not to pet them!

When you arrive in Skelwith Bridge there is an amazing shop and lunch venue called Chester’s by the River.  I managed to find this place online and I’m so glad I did as it’s right up my street! 

Chester’s is a perfect lunch or coffee stop venue.  There are loads of fresh, healthy salads; pizzas from their wood-fired oven; or flat breads.  There is also a great selection for those with gluten-free or dairy-free requirements. We decided to share their mixed planner of salads.  How good does that look? That roasted squash salad definitely inspired me and I shall be trying something similar myself.

Now, clearly the cakes cannot go unmentioned.  We decided to get a couple of takeaway slices for the road and went for a slice of the lemon loaf and a slice of the pistachio loaf.  So good!

Driving back we decided to go along the Kirkstone Pass, a high summit known for regularly being shut in the winter months.  However it was a perfect, autumn day and so the drive up was amazing.

A final autumn shot from the shore of Lake Ullswater.  Beautiful.

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