This famous English lake district is blessed with high peaks, vast lakes and some really steep roads! No wonder it is a popular tourist destination for the British too!
Part of British Road Trip : UK – Road Trip
Day 5 – Keswick
- We had a heavy Welsh breakfast and took 3 hours to reach Keswick. We booked a B&B right outside Keswick main town which overlooked the snow capped mountains and gave quick access to the motorway
- After checking-in, we headed to Keswick. Quite a few free parking options available – however number of hours you can park is limited. We anyways made it in time for a 1 hour boat ride on Keswick Lake. We were lucky to have a clear sunny day which accentuated the colours and brought out the beauty of the area. The boat ride gave us 360 degree view of the surroundings and is a must –do
- We spent some time idly walking in the ground and gardens right next to the lake… these are just as lovely as the views from the lake !
- We then set out to explore the valleys nearby. The weather however changed and it started to snow!
- After some rest, we headed back to Keswick for early dinner – there are lots of good food options! Keswick is a small town where you can easily walk across from the lake to town centre. It did seem lil compact and we were glad to be staying in the open area right outside town!
Day 6 – Windermere and Wast Water
- Stonehenge is not the only stone circle in UK – it seems there are quite a few spread across UK. One such circle is close to Keswick and known as Castlerigg Stone Circle. You can just park the car across the street and walk over to the remains. We went early in the morning so there wasn’t anybody around… Worth a quick stop!
- We headed over to the largest lake in the area – Windermere. This was less than an hour away. The town is also larger and typical touristy with some attractions like World of Beatrix Potter (can be skipped). We then headed over to another lake called Wast Water which was 1.5 hour away. This is a narrow lake in a secluded area and if you have the time, do check it out!
- What was more interesting than the lakes was the road in-between. We did not plan it and were just following google maps … The narrow roads were extremely steep and driving through the snow and fog was even outright exciting. We later figured that we drove through Hardknott Pass which is the steepest road in England ! SS tip: If you love the mountains or driving – then this drive is a must-do !
- The weather wasn’t great so we dint spend much time at these lakes and headed back to Keswick. By the time we returned, the roads and trees were dotted with snow and reminded me of how pretty things look in storybooks and movies!
- After so much driving, we headed to Keswick for dinner and called it a day!
Next day after a scrumptious breakfast, we headed over to Scotland !