So yes, not too long ago I was sampling gingerbread in Cumbria and cruising the waters of the Lake District – that probably sounds a lot more glamorous than it was 🙃
Up in the north of England, the Lake District sits to the North Westerly side of the Yorkshire Dales. When I think of the Lake District I think of nature, peace, green mountainous landscapes and rolling hills and valleys – then more recently, it’s legacy for inventing the ‘sticky toffee pudding’ and it’s bespoke gingerbread recipe!
The Lake District: England’s most famous National Park
Prior to this visit I hadn’t been to the lakes since my very early childhood, of which I have no clear memories, only a few of those family photographs from long ago.
I won’t repeat all the stuff in the guide books, but as the name suggests, The Lake District is a district of beautiful lakes in the UK, Cumbria. It’s worth noting that for such a small island, we do seem to have a very generous helping of national parks in the UK, which is great if you can get out and enjoy them.
Deep and Wide: Windermere
Windermere Lake is the largest and deepest lake in the Lake District National Park, it even has a tide, and is much loved for it’s pretty surrounding villages and scenic mountain peaks – popular with hikers.
….and yes, it’s the most touristy of all the lakes.
Toxic Waters ⛔️ 🏊♀️
You might have picked up on the burst of damning media headlines and articles over the summer, warning against swimming in many of the UK’s beaches due to sewage being pumped into them. Well it wasn’t just beaches – the waters of Windermere were also included in this, with articles such as ‘The Death of a Great Lake’ and ‘Toxic Algae on Lake Windermere’ though the sewage issue has been ongoing for quite some time, apparently.
Around Windermere Town
The Smallest House in Cumbria
Whilst on the move I managed to catch some blurry photos of this quirky house 😝, Cumbria’s smallest house.
Grasmere’s Famous Gingerbread
The gingerbread shop felt like something straight out of a fairytale book, tiny and confined, but pretty and idyllic. The wafting ginger and treacly aroma in the air as you approach, is sure to entice you in. The gingerbread is delicious, it definitely has a kick, there’s real ginger in there to warm your throat. Not overly crunchy like gingernuts – more of a soft crumbly on the outside, slightly chewy on the inside type of thing.
I’d say it’s worth queuing for and I wish I’d bought more of it. By the time I decided to go back for more, the queue had become miles long – so head there first when you’re in Grasmere.
Not sure if you can make it out, but the second picture above shows one of the staff in the shop in her white bonnett, and she also wore period clothing – the whole experience takes you back in time.
The popular daffodil garden also happens to be right next to the shop.
More to come….
23 thoughts on “Gingerbread and a Cruise: Cumbria, The Lake District”
I love gingerbread and this area looks very beautiful
Sheila Landry Designs
Hi, Cherryl! I don’t know how I missed this post. I don’t remember getting a notice. What a beautiful place you visited! The gingerbread house looks particularly yummy! Thank you for the much-needed virtual vacation. I love seeing your travels. <3 Take care. I am off to see your latest post. 🙂
Aww, thank you Sheila, glad you enjoyed this one, have a lovely week 💛🙏
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You’re welcome, and the popcorn was really really good!! 👍
Oh my, thanks for sharing a beautiful countryside . . . and the gingerbread popcorn would be to die for!
I always heard the Lake district is wonderful. 😉
Best wishes with your new Premier… may he improve the average level of the past few… 🙏🏻
Lol, thanks for the best wishes! 😊
Oh it’s been far too long since I last visited the Lakes. I’ve only ever been in the summer, but I have to say the weather in your photos adds a certain atmosphere, so I shall have to try and persuade Himself we should visit in the autumn. And outside of school holidays!
Looking forward to pictures from the rest of your visit.
Thanks, I like the moody and misty pics too.
Thank you for taking me along with you on your journey into this lovely area, Cherryl. I’ve never been to the Lake District despite having lived in the UK all my life. I’ve heard how beautiful it is from other people, too. How awful about the sewage getting into the lakes. It’s appalling it shouldn’t be allowed to happen in this day and age, although I know it’s becoming a problem for so many otherwise lovely areas.
Your photos were fabulous, as they always are. They really make me feel like I’m there with you. That gingerbread popcorn looks delicious, and I like the sound of that rather strangely-named ice cream. I love the characterful tiny house, too. I wonder who lives in there. Thank you for sharing all these lovely places. I so enjoy coming along. Xx 🌷💗🌺
Thanks Ellie, glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, it would be interesting to know who lives in that house, if anyone 🤗✨
I want to go! I so enjoy reading your blog! I visited The Republic of Ireland years ago and it was absolutely stunning. My next trip will definitely be England. . .
Happy future travels, I hope you enjoy it when the time comes 🔆
Thank you! I’m planning for next spring. (Just praying that all is well with the world. . .these past few years have been extremely damaging. . .COVID lockdowns, et cetera . .)
Lovely! We have had a few super holidays in the Lakes, very handy that you can get there by train and we stayed in Bowness for a long weekend after our wedding, even!
Aww lovely, lots of happy memories from the lakes then!
Loved all the photos of this area. Thunder & Lightning ice cream? Yes, please. The gingerbread shop looks and sounds fantastic. The sewage situation is unacceptable – hard to hear when these things are uncovered.
Thanks, glad you enjoyed the photos.
What a beautiful visit and cruise you had, Cheryl. The mountains and the scenic water views are lovely. I’m also a sucker for old English houses, no matter how small. Too bad about the sewage water. Yuck and sad.
In 2013, I did a UK bus tour and we did a short afternoon visit to Grasmere. I remember what a lovely town it was. It was nice to revisit it from your perspective.
Those older houses usually have a lot of character – v. pretty.
Mike and Kellye Hefner
I so enjoyed your post and photographs, though it is heartbreaking – especially in this day and age – to hear that sewage is being pumped into our lakes.
Very sad to hear it.