Focus on The Lake District
Published: Thursday 5th Apr 2018
Written by: The Original Cottages Team
Imposing, rocky mountains, ancient waters and mysterious woodlands – let the Lake District rekindle your love of adventure. From the accessible Rydal Cave, a man-made cavern at Loughrigg Fell, to the ancient Roman ruins of Hardknott Pass, high above Eskdale, uncover the unexpected with Original Cottages.
Hike for the hills
The heart of the stunning National Park - with fantastic views of some of the country’s finest, most dramatic landscapes - is the perfect place for intrepid explorers to set sail on a voyage of natural discovery. Explore famous walking routes like Loughrigg Fell and Rydal Water, or head off the beaten track and see if you stumble upon something magical.
Winding its way to the top of Lingmoor, through still, ancient woodland and up past the old quarry above Chapel Stile, Lingmoor Fell is one of the lesser-known trails in the Lake District. Even in the height of hiking season, you’ll rarely come across more than a dozen fellow ramblers. Enjoy stunning views of the valley, towards the popular Langdale Pikes, on this picturesque, remote route.
Traverse the Kentmere Valley, by foot or bike, where, during summer, the glassy waters of the twin tarns - Gurnall Dubs and Potter Tarn - are perfect for a freshwater dip. Hike the horizon, over jagged mountains and gentle peaks or take on technical bike trails – a challenge for beginners and intermediates alike.
Food in the fells
Tucked away in the rural ravines of Cumbria, secret recipes, local produce and passionate cooks come together to make traditional mouthwatering treats.
The Cumberland Sausage
For generations, British bakers have been serving up sausage rolls across the country, but none quite like the locally-sourced Cumberland Rolls at Lucia’s. These lovingly made, flaky pastries have a reputation that echoes through the valleys, with customers claiming them to be the best in the world. So before you take your journey to the heights, pack a picnic, and make sure one of these legendary rolls is nestled inside your backpack.
The Original Grasmere Gingerbread
In 1854, Sarah Nelson, a dedicated Victorian cook, baked a unique gingerbread that was neither hard or soft, biscuit nor cake. What would soon become a world-renowned treat, the love for Grasmere Gingerbread is as strong today as the day it was created. Written on a single piece of parchment, its treasured recipe has since been locked away, secured in a biscuit tin and bank vault. Uncover this spicy-sweet twist in the Grasmere Bakery.
Whether built by the hands of ancestral craftsmen, or carved in the land by wild mother-nature – Cumbria’s cultural wonders can be found speckled across the county.
Hear whispers of our past at the remains of this mystical and remote Roman fort in Eskdale. Found high in the hills of Hardknott Pass - one of the Lake District's most dramatic locations - the steep, winding, narrow pathway leading up to its position is well worth the reward. Find panoramic views of rolling hilltops, epic flatlands and deep valleys from one of Hadrian’s most famous vantage points.
A magnificent, curving limestone amphitheatre, the sheer rock face of Malham Cove has slowly been shaped by time, over hundreds of thousands of years, and has inspired people throughout history – from painter JMW Turner to the makers of Harry Potter, who filmed a scene from the Deathly Hallows: Part I there. Beautiful for both sightseeing and birdwatching, Peregrine Falcons are often seen nesting during the summer months. Closeby, discover the enchanting waterfall at Janet’s Foss, the mighty Gordale Scar ravine and Malham Tarn, the highest lake in England.
Let loose in the Lake District
Wander the wilds, drift along lakes or ascend the peaks – you’ll discover a world of adventure in these rugged northern hills.
Reconnect with your childhood
Whether you’re feeling nostalgic, or looking to entertain the kids, the Beatrix Potter Exhibition Tour is a must when you stay in the Lake District. Immerse yourselves in the magical worlds she created through illustration and storytelling. Meet the characters and go out to explore The Peter Rabbit Garden. But be careful, Mr McGregor’s on the lookout for troublemakers. Or head out for a fascinating family day at the Hill Top House, Beatrix Potter’s 17th-Century farmhouse in Near and Far Sawrey.
Clamber, traverse and climb your way through some of the Lake District’s craggiest chasms. Edge across rock faces, hop over boulders, scale waterfalls or rush through natural rock chutes. This action-packed, adrenaline-fueled adventure takes you through some of the most picturesque places in rural Cumbria.
An unforgettable escape
Sky-high mountains, rocky ravines and England’s largest National Park: the peaks of Cumbria have it all. Whether you’re adventuring in the hills or paddling in the tarns – fall in love with the Lake District. Discover cosy cobbled cottages in the Lakes, and book your truly local stay with Original Cottages.