Spring has officially sprung, although I am sure we will experience some cooler weather again and of course the inevitable April showers will soon be upon us. But the fact that the trees have green leaf buds, the grass is lush having been watered by the recent downpours and the clumps of daffodils have bright yellow heads reminds us all that Easter is just around the corner – and with it the promise of warmer, sunnier days. Of course the shops are already stocked full of Easter treats, and I am staunchly ignoring my children’s pleas to purchase them now – apparently because they deserve a reward for whatever reason they think may sway my judgement!
I often talk about my family in posts as I love to share the travel experiences we have, hopefully inspiring other families to start their own travel memory bank. My favourite time of year is Easter. For the last 14 years we have spent the bank holiday weekend away in the UK, either just the four of us, or with friends and their children. A popular destination is the Lake district, and it’s not just a favourite of mine – it is a renowned UK destination worldwide, which isn’t surprising considering it boasts such stunning natural beauty.
In my opinion, spring is the best time to visit. With the landscape bursting into life, the air is as fresh as it could ever be and with the likes of William Wordsworth being inspired for many of his greatest works, let the Lakes inspire you this Easter. Take a breath of fresh air and discover what’s on with the Lake District tourist guide: jam packed with inspiration for all year round and loads of ideas for Easter, I thought I’d share a favourite of mine.
Going back to Wordsworth and a few of his contemporaries, The Mirehouse dates back to 1666, and has been thoughtfully restored. You will find many manuscripts from Wordsworth and his contemporary Southey, along with Tennyson and John Constable.
This Easter you and your family can not only indulge in some literary wonders but also enjoy the grounds while taking part in the Easter quiz. Look for clues in the Bee garden, and with 100 chocolate eggs to be won, I am sure you won’t leave eggless. Enjoy strolling around the grounds which lead down to the Bassenthwaite Lake; the gardens have several beautiful play areas and my favourite of all spring floral treats, a Rhododendron tunnel.
Whet your appetite this Easter with the Lake District Tourist guide.
Buy a ticket and take a seat:
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway will take you on a picturesque journey through some of the most beautiful scenery the Lake District Park has to offer. You will start your journey at Ravenglass, the only coastal Village in the Lake District National Park. For me, travelling by steam locomotive is nostalgic in a romantic fashion. While away the time taking in seven miles of stunning landscape. Your final stop is Boot Station at the foot of the Scafell Range, England’s highest mountains.
This Easter children travel free when accompanied by their favourite teddy bear! There is also a chance to win a family lunch for four.
From rail to water:
Ullswater Steamers offer a unique cruise experience, which in my opinion should not be missed. Ullswater is renowned as one of England’s most beautiful lakes, inspiring one of Wordsworth’s finest works I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud happening upon swathes of daffodils whilst walking around Ullswater Lake.
You can explore by private charter choosing this idyllic location as the venue for a special celebration, or you can join one of the many scheduled cruises. Along the Steamer routes there are many bridle ways and walks that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities, allowing you to discover, as Wordsworth and his sister did, the natural beauty that is Ullswater Lake.
We are forecast some stunning weather in the coming months, so what better time to plan a break to the Lake District?