Following on from gingerbread and cruises, here are a few more scenes from around the Lake District, a few more souvenirs and a mysterious mythical creature!
Firstly, a couple of random thoughts
Tatty Pot is a signature Cumbrian lamb dish. I haven’t tried it but would love to know if anyone has and whether they enjoyed it.
I heard that most of the dry stone walls in the Lake District are over 700 years old, which is amazing!! I also heard that those in the Yorkshire Dales last approx 100 years….wonder why – maybe they’re made from a different type of stone 🤔
There is (allegedly) a creature called the Tizzie Whizie around the Lakes. It can be spotted in Windermere if you look hard enough. I didn’t see one, has anyone seen one?
Maybe it’s just a myth afterall.
I was in awe of this place. Loved feeling so tiny, enveloped by so many high, looming green peaks, and the misty skies, such an intense atmosphere.
I’m told the mist can get really bad up there to the point where you can’t see a thing, so I was really grateful the weather was kind that day.
I’m no professional photographer but I still don’t think photographs really do it justice, you have to be there to get the feeling.
True of a lot of places tbh.
A few other Souvenirs
I showed you the traditional gingerbread and gingerbread popcorn I picked up in the last post – but I brought home a few other unnecessary bits as well.
I heard about mint cake whilst in a queue in a Wensleydale gift shop a few months back. The lady in front of me apologised and said “I’m just going to grab some mint cake for my mum, I’ll be back”. I asked what it was and she struggled to describe it. “A bit like a big minty biscuit” I think she said.
I came across it again in the Lakes and quickly learned that this minty bar gives quick boosts of energy – very popular with hikers and mountain climbers.
Despite the name, it isn’t a cake – more like a minty sugar bar – or in the case of the chocolate covered bars ‘a giant after eight’ only with a thicker and crunchier mint centre. I doubt you’d eat much of it in one sitting.
Coasters, why not, they’ve been added to the ever growing tower, they’re always handy right! Plus two fridge magnets for good measure 🤭
A quaint little village with the shortest bus stops I’ve ever seen!! If you are anything over 4ft tall you might wonder if the bus stop posts have shrunk!!
36 thoughts on “More Souvenirs and Cumbrian Snapshots, The Lake District”
I hear the Lake District is quite beautiful… (Must try it one day…)
Hope all is well?
Nowhere better than the Lakes – even if it does rain a lot!
I like the Tizzie Whizie, I’d love to think there really is such a thing 🙂 I like Kendal mint cake too, can quite easily eat a large bar, but I never understood why it’s so popular with walkers and climbers – you’d have to eat a bucket load of it to get any decent energy from it.
Yes, the Tizzie W looks quite cute!! A quick sugar rush from the mint cake but, no – probably not long lasting energy, like you say 😊
I love getting to the Lake District when I can, my favouritest place outside my Yorkshire home. I went up the Kirkstone again in July. Climbing Blencathra is on my bucket list, but maybe without mint cake 😂
Lovely. Lol, not even a little bit of mint cake…?🍫
I love the sheep. Beautiful grassy landscape, but I was relieved to finally see a few trees! Is that typical for the UK?
The UK has plenty of trees, countryside, mountain/hills all sorts of different landscapes – which are a lovely contrast to the towns and cities. The region of Ciumbria/Lake District is characterised by lots of green valleys, hiking trails (some mountainous), lots of vast greenery – much of it lush with trees from what I’ve seen.
I love the Lake District and have been to all those parts on various holidays over the years, but I am not an expert. Mint cake I love but my husband thought I was choking to death on it once – I wasn’t actually choking, but it’s so strong it irritated my throat and it felt like it had closed up!
Gosh, I’m glad you were not choking – you must have given your husband a scare there – it’s a lot of mint all at once for sure 😊
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The mint cake reminds me of a York Peppermint Patty, one of my dad’s favorites.
Just did a quick search, yes I see what you mean – and another great name too 😊
I hope you get to try them 😊
Now I would really like to try a mint cake! They look and sound yummy! Maggie
Awesome pics and video scenery.
I really enjoyed this post and your photos were excellent. Pity you didn’t make it to Borrowdale – it is the most wonderful place and is often referred to as the ‘Switzerland of the Lake District’. It has everything you could want: a stunning lake with a shoreline peppered with little coves and inlets; wooded slopes; impressive Fells which are surprisingly accessible; Keswick with its cobbled streets and Moot Hall. Love it.
Thank you 💐
The ‘Switzerland of the Lake District’ wow!! I just did a quick online search – looks breathtaking, dreamy, and with all that lush scenery ✨ maybe one day!
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Hello. I enjoyed this article. On a somewhat related topic: which cities in England do you like best? Thanks. Neil S.
Thanks for reading Neil. That’s a difficult question to answer as they all have unique and different characters and different things on offer – I guess the thing that makes me less inclined to want to visit a city again is a lack of character/distinction. York has a lot of historic character, beautiful buildings and visual charm so that would probably be one of my favs for a wander 😊
I was there when I was studying in the UK in the early 80’s. It was cloudy and raining and missed all that I now enjoyed in your story. Happy traveling.
Glad you enjoyed the post, the weather is always a gamble these days. Maybe you’ll get to see it in sunnier times in the future. Take care ✨💐
I love the Lake District – everything from chocolate box pretty to wild & windy. The last place I stayed was Coniston and I just loved the views you catch of the lake as you travel downhill to it. My other favourite is Tarn Hows – I know it’s manmade, but the variety of trees makes my heart sing. Thank you for sharing your photos.
Sounds like you had some lovely times in the Lakes too, thanks.
Wonderful pictures and descriptions – a lovely tour of the area.
A beautiful and peaceful part of the world! The mint cakes look delicious! The road signs were very interesting especially traveling them in the winter month!
A long ago boy scout, we were always encouraged to have Kendall Mintcake about our persons when away on a camp or a hike. I have to tell you that it is perfectly possible to eat a full one – and then to help out with anything that other people can’t manage…
Crikey, you’re probably right (especially scouts – you probably made good use of all that sugar lol, plenty of energy). I guess today’s boy scouts are probably all too familiar with it as well 🏕🏞
Lovely photos of the countryside. I enjoyed the video of your drive through Kirkstone Pass. The foggy mountaintops are quite something. Your mint cakes look like nice souvenirs too!
Thanks Ab, it was lovely to be in such a peaceful place ✨
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Your photos are lovely! I would love to see these places in person… maybe someday.
Thank you, I hope you get to see them one day too ✨
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It all looks so peaceful and lovely. Thank you again for sharing your adventures with us. It is always a treat. Do you travel with a companion? Or on your own. (Just curious) Have a great week. <3
I wasn’t alone on this trip, and yes, the Lake District does have a very peaceful feeling 😊