(Closed) Lakes District, Cumbria (UK) honeymoon – ideas for activities

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

We were there last June and even then it wasn’t all that warm so I would imagine December will be freezing! Beatrix Potter’s house and Wordsworth House (where he was born) are both nearby although I’m not sure if they’re open in December.  The World of Beatrix Potter should be though.  There’s also a stone circle not far from Keswick – this one https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castlerigg_stone_circle – which is just in a paddock off the road so should be accessible in winter.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

There is LOADS to do in The Lake District! If you’re going to windemere then you can get on a boat to take you across to Ambleside which is very pretty, nice scenic walks around there etc. There is also a steam railway in Windemere. Just google ‘things to do in the lake district’ or ‘things to do in Windemere’. You’ll have a lovely time! 

Post # 4
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Newbee

I went there last year and took the steam train and boat trip then went to the Beatrix potter house which was a nice day out. I also did a walk around one of the lakes (can’t remember which one though) it was 11 miles in total we wrapped up warm and had a picnic there it was lovely. We also walked up scarfrel pike. As it’s going to be December id opt for the fire but loads to do there if you wanted to

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Newbee

My two thoughts are both food-related, as eating is my main past-time in December ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Grasmere gingerbread is SO DELICIOUS, I would definitely recommend a visit to pick some up. 

2. We did not do much food research in advance and had some BAD meals in Ambleside. So maybe pre-booking some nicer, well rated places would be a good idea (for ideas:

 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destination/uk/69223/The-Lake-District-restaurants.html)

 

Drinking wine by the fire sounds like a great idea! Maybe even afternoon tea + something fizzy!

Have a great time. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I like Windemere just to stroll or drive around and I agree Grasmere gingerbread is great so definitely worth going to. Another place I quite like is Kendal, its not small but it has some great chocolate cafes that are cosy to just sit inside with a fancy hot chocolate and cake (specifically visit the ‘1657 Chocolate House’ https://chocolatehouse1657.co.uk/about-us/ ). As far as pretty views, go to Wastwater lake which is surrounded by mountains (in winter they should be snowcapped) and shows a good view of Scafell Pike which is the highest mountain in England. 

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Helper bee

There’s a new distillery at Bassenthwaite that makes Lakeland gin, vodka and whisky. They do tours and have a nice restaurant which is meant to be very nice (I can on,y vouch for the gin!):

http://www.lakesdistillery.com/en/

Aira Force is a nice waterfall at the end of a nice easy walk. 

You could visit Honister and look at the slate – it’s very famous (in slate circles!) as England’s last working slate mine. 

Buttermere is a lovely lake, and quite an easy walk if it’s a nice day, and the village is very traditional Cumbrian. 

Keswick and Cockermouth are both nice towns – half my family is based in and around Cockermouth so i’m biased, but they’re a bit less tourist trap-y than Kendal or Ambleside (not that they aren’t lovely, and actually should be a lot better in the winter than in the height of summer!)  

Make sure you have Cumbrian sausage! 

DO NOT go out on the fells unless you’re properly prepared and the weather is (and is expected to remain) good! My friend is in Mountain Rescue there and the number of times he has to rescue people who gone up the fells in trainers and got caught in bad weather is ridiculous! 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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whytneynicole:  As other bees have said, there’s loads to do!

Scenic drives might be difficult if there’s ice or snow but if there isn’t, you could drive over to ullswater quite easily. En route stop in grasmere for the gingerbread (they have cute giftshops and galleries as well). Then you could go up ‘the struggle’ and the kirkstone pass (weather permitting, it’s too dangerous if there’s ice) over to ullswater where the waterfall airaforce is. The views from the kirkstone pass are amazing!! And then you get the gingerbread and a walk in there too! 

Ive been to a spa in grasmere called the daffodil hotel: great food and the spa treatments were lovely! I went with SO who is not at all into that sort of thing but both enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

Ambleside and Bowness are both lovely but a little bit too touristy for my liking. If you do go to Bowness there is a great restaurant called  Porto (I think) which I really recommend. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

As others have said, buttermere and coniston are quieter lakes than Windermere and the villages tend to be more authentic. To be honest, you won’t be able to see everything you want while you are there. I go to the Lake District multiple times a year and still find new places I love whenever I visit. 

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