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5 Charming Things To See – Lake District

The Lake District is full of beautiful sights and experiences to enjoy — here we list just a few to introduce you to this wonderful area of Yorkshire.

Wansfell to Troutbeck

For one of the best walks in the Lake District to see Windermere, start at Wansfell Pike just outside Ambleside, and head towards Troutbeck. The route is approximately six miles of undulating hills, with the two peaks being 488m above sea level, it’s not overly strenuous for the seasoned walker. Wansfell Pike is one of the 214 Wainwright Hills.

By continuing along the picturesque views of Lake Windemere, you’ll come across The Brown Horse in Winster. The Brown Horse Inn is a cosy pub that recently won County winner of national pub and bar of 2023. It’s out of the way, far enough from Bowness on Windermere or Ambleside to be a quiet, chilled pub with friendly staff, lovely rooms and great food. We’d highly recommended The Brown Horse Inn as one of the best pubs in the Lake District.

An Afternoon in Ambleside

One of our favourite attractions in Ambleside is the tiny house on the bridge was once a home for up to six people. The waterfalls at Stock Ghyll Force are one of the must-see attractions in the Lake District so are certainly worth a visit. The waterfalls are at the edge of the town, and approximately a two mile circular walk and worth the view especially after/during rainfall — unsurprisingly this is relatively often in the Lakes. If beer and tapas are more your thing, Bar es Tapas fits the bill.

The food is great, vibes good and the staff are all super friendly.

Cheese Heaven - Courtyard Dairy, Near Settle

Roughly halfway between Windemere and Skipton along the A65, make sure you don’t miss out on Courtyard Dairy if you are a cheese lover! The diary was opened to promote independent British cheese making — as you walk in a member of the team welcomes you and looks after you during your whole visit, providing as many samples as you like to try! The staff will ask your likes/dislikes and again provide you samples to try — they’re all very knowledgeable about every single cheese you will sample, down to the names of the owners of each farm! There is also a wine shop on site, with wines pairings available for your cheese!

Autumn Afternoon out - Middleham Castle

Hidden away in the sleepy North Yorkshire town of Middleham (which itself is home to a number of famous racehorse stables), behind the Richard III Inn on the main cobbled street is Middleham Castle. The castle is an English Heritage site that doesn’t cost the earth to visit and is well worth a visit. Built in 12th century and home to Richard III during his childhood, Middleham Castle is about 20 minutes from Masham. Nearby, you’ll find the gorgeous Wensleydale with plenty of cafes and pubs to eat at.

Scafell Pike — Lake District

As perhaps the most majestic attraction in the Lake District, Scafell Pike stands as the pinnacle of England’s natural beauty. As the highest peak in England, Scafell Pike pulls in sightseers and adventure-seekers from all over the world with its awe-inspiring grandeur. Scaling Scafell Pike is a rite of passage for hiker, offering a rugged adventure for nature lovers. The trail unfolds to reveal rolling hills, clear lakes, and lush forests, painting a picture-perfect landscape. Scafell Pike embodies the region’s charm without the fuss, making it a must-visit spot for anyone who loves the great outdoors.

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