Since relocating here in April and visiting numerous times a year prior to that, we have put a selection of our favourite and off-the-beaten-track things to do, places to stay and eat together. This just touches the surface so if you'd like any more recommendations please do get in touch!
The Old Stamphouse - Michelin star with about 8 tables and a tasting menu - needs booking well in advance and worth the wait.
Lucia’s Bakery - Artisnal bakery and coffee house in Grasmere, park up in Grasmere in the morning and get the best breakfast sandwich of ya life from Lucia’s.
The Mason’s Arms - Somewhere I have scored my fish and chips 10/10 and has the most beautiful view if sat outside on a sunny day, need I say more?
Get on/in the lake - Paddle boarding, boating or wild swimming - take your pick of lake - my fave lake is Ullswater. NB, be sure to research risks of green algae ahead of wild swimming
Kankuu Land Rover Defender green-laning - I’d recommend opting for the ‘Safari package’ - rent an ex military defender for a day of green-laning (instructor free).
Climb Hellvelyn via Striding Edge - Set off from Glenridding early and stop at the Traveller's rest for a cold beer and your lunch on the way down - can't beat it.
Howtown Hotel - A traditional hotel on the banks of Lake Ullswater, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back a century, no wifi and a letter posted to you as confirmation of booking - you get the idea.
The Punch Bowl Inn - gastro pub with rooms south of Windemere.
Arnside View - ex stately home turned apartments. This 2 double bed holiday let with panoramic views of the Morecambe estuary is about 20 mins from Windermere and 5 min walk from one of the countries best chippies.