November 2014 – January 2015
Lake District is located in Cumbria, north west England. It does have many lakes and is a popular holiday destination in England. If you love nature, stay here longer and explore the whole area. I went to these places I’m going to share you.
Keswick. The first place I visited in Lake District because there’s regular bus from Carlisle, where I lived 😀 There are interesting things you can see here: St. John Church, Alhembra Cinema (a very old one), Fitz Park (that has the biggest cricket stadium in England?), Packhorse Court (souvenir complex), Pencil Museum (if you love drawing / painting, you’ll find awesome stuff here), Theater by The Lake, etc. You can take a picture of the map on the bus station or get a map for 2 GBP. I chased some sheep at Crow Park. They ran away too fast while I was busy avoiding their poo.
Kendal. I have a friend there so I went visit her. I stopped at Oxenholme station as it’s closer to her house, but we took bus that only comes every hour. We had breakfast at Brew Brothers, then went shopping for our baking afternoon. Then we watched movie at Brewery Arts Center. I didn’t get to see around so much, but I saw a castle ruin which my friend said belonged to the last wife of King Henry IV, the only wife he didn’t kill. King Henry IV was the pioneer of the Anglican church. Sounds cliche huh… killing his wives vs church founder. Never mind. That was history. Do you know Peter Rabit? You can visit the museum too. Kendal is the hometown of Peter Rabit. Another famous thing from there is Kendal Mint Cake.
Aira Force. My office-mate, who regularly goes to Lake District on weekends drove me and my housemate here and the other places below. There is a really nice hiking trail and waterfalls in Aira Force. It’s also famous with the red squirrels. I was hungry and ate ice cream. That was good, just made my friends amazed that I ate something cold while they’re having hot tea.
Ambleside. We had lunch at The Apple Pie. We saw the very famous bridge house (a national thrust).
Grasmere. There are quite a lot of nice lodging house here. It’s quiet and relaxing. We visited Wordsworth Daffodil Garden, which is just next to Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere ginger bread shop. There I also saw snowdrops for the very first time (probably). I bent as low as I could to see how it looks like from below.