Our time in the Lake District


Never having been to the Lake District before, we were open to where we were going to visit, and eat! Friends of ours had travelled to the Lakes last year and had recommended a number of villages, and it is also home to a number of significant Quaker historic sites that we wanted to see.

Lake Windermere
Lake Windermere

The weather was really beautiful which made the journey all the more pleasurable.  We were based in Water Yeat, and travelled to Windermere by ferry from the Hawkshead side.  Due to the lack of wifi anywhere within a hundred mile radius of where we were staying, I was anxious to get a blog post or two up, and we happened upon a gorgeous little cafe on one of the streets in Windermere.

Brambles Tea shop in Windermere
Brambles Tea shop in Windermere

I had tea and a slice of coffee cake, and the kids had ice cream, really good ice cream called thunder and lightening, not that I can remember what was in it except chocolate and honeycomb.  And of course, they had really fast wifi.

 

Ice Cream from Brambles in Windermere
Ice Cream from Brambles in Windermere

From Windemere we travelled south to Kendall, where the Meeting House houses a museum.  The Quaker Tapestry panels are shown here with an interactive guide.

The Meeting House in Kendal
The Meeting House in Kendal

It was quite humbling to read all the panels of how early Quakers survived, and tried to improve lives of so many around them and around the world, both in teaching,

Jordan pointing out Newtown on the Quaker Tapestry
Jordan pointing out Newtown on the Quaker Tapestry

and in medicine and the sciences.

Robert with the Botanists plate
Robert with the Botanists plate

It really made me feel I should be doing more! Some of these Scientists and women especially struggled for their cause against huge odds.  We left Kendal and travelled to Firbank Fell to see where George Fox spoke to over 1000 people in 1652.

Firbank Fell.
The view from the road at Firbank Fell.

The Lake District is wonderful for walking, eating and staying.  And it is easy to get to from Ireland.  There are so many pubs and cafes in the area that you’ll certainly never starve.  One of the nights we travelled to Cartmel, where Simon Rogan has his empire.  We were not really in the position to eat there having not booked (!) but in a pub in the same village.  Next time Simon, next time.

There were many other gorgeous looking little shops in Cartmel, the home, allegedly of the sticky toffee pudding. There was a very interesting looking micro brewery, and a fabulous looking cheese shop which I was gutted to not be able to visit as it was shut 🙁

Stitchelton cheese in Cartmel
Stichelton cheese in Cartmel (note the lovely legs!!)

So we have a number of reasons to return.  And we will.  Definately.

 

 

 

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