Sunday, 15 September 2013

Why I will never leave the English Lake District

The stunning landscape and waters of the English Lake District inspired some of the most celebrated poets and writers in English literature: William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome, to name a few. The Lakes’ rugged terrains, rolling lands, historic villages and towns sparked the idea for an alluring, green city of the future in my novel The First Sense , the hub of which is the Lake District. Like many people I know, I moved to the Lake District from a city, but now I could never leave . Here are my top 9 reasons why:

1) In all seasons, torrential rain, snow storms or on dark moody days, the Lake District is hauntingly beautiful 

2) In the Lakes, it’s often too far to get a taxi back home from dinner at a friend’s house, so we sleep over in our van and wake up to an amazing Lakeland landscape

3) At a party, no-one bats an eyelid if you swap your heels for trainers or put a windstopper jacket over your party dress

4) If you pop to your local shop for a newspaper, the fact there’s usually someone there with an American, South African or Australian accent makes you feel like you’re on holiday

5) There are animals to be seen everywhere: nestling under pub tables or punctuating and colouring the landscape

6) If you ask for a beer at a pub, there are at least eight different types, including several real ales  

7) The Lake District is a food lover’s paradise; there are some of the best gourmet food producers, brewers, farm and eateries in the country  

8) When someone finds out I live in the Lake District, they automatically think I’m a really good climber/mountain biker/hiker (all completely untrue) 

9) I’ve finally got a surname originating from the Lake District, thanks to my husband

My favourite finds in the Lake District (this is South Lakeland only, this time):
Low Sizergh Barn – a charming farm shop, craft shop and tea room from where you can watch cows being milked

Staveley Mill Yard - a wealth of retail businesses and artisans including the relaxing Wilf’s Café, and craft ale brewery:  Hawkshead Brewery & Beer Hall 

Gillam’s Tea Room and Shop, Ulverston – a beautiful tea room and shop with an organic menu

Café Ambio, Newby Bridge stunning river views, great food and a motor museum  

The Swan Hotel & Spa, Newby Bridge - great décor, cream teas and a gorgeous setting by the lake 

The Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere – delectable food and accommodation  
For cinema : Warehouse Café at Brewery Arts Centre , Kendal - enjoy a comfy leather sofa, bottle of wine and pizza with your film

The Eagle & Child Inn, Staveley - a great pub in a fantastic village  

The Strickland Arms, near Sizergh - a beautiful setting and great food 

The White Hart at Bouth - great beer, food and beer garden to watch the sun go down

The Wilson’s Arms, Torver – delicious food, drink, views of the Old Man of Coniston, interesting animals in the beer garden and a fish tank phone box

What are your reasons for living where you do? Do you have any favourite Lake District places to add to my list?  

You can find out more about me and The First Sense novel at 

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