LAKE170 – Day 1

Day 1: THE LAND OF KENDAL MINT CAKE

Kendal

The Lake170 starts in Kendal, specifically SLDC Multi Storey Car Park. This may seem like a bizarre place to start, but it is right in the centre of Kendal and there’s plenty of parking, so it’s a really good place to start exploring the town.

Kendal is well known for its creation of Kendal mint cake, which is a sugar confection with peppermint flavours.  This is worth a try and is particularly good on long walks when sugar levels are low, so stock up (just clean your teeth after).

Fun fact: A common misconception about the Lake District is that the lakes are not actually lakes, but tarns. Technically the only lake in the Lake District is Wastwater, in Wasdale.

After Kendal the route heads west to Lake Windermere, which is the largest lake (tarn) in the district, 1 mile wide and 10 miles long.

Windermere

Perched on the east side of the to the lake are two bustling settlements, Bowness-on-Windermere, and the town of Windermere. The former is the home of the Beatrix Potter attraction. Whether you read these tales as a child or you don’t have the foggiest idea who Peter rabbit is, it is still a great visit. The latter settlement, the town of Windermere, is the larger of the two and in the high season can get particularly busy. The town has many pubs, bars, cafes, and outdoor shops.

Just north of lake Windermere is the quaint village of Grasmere. But don’t be fooled. It may look like a sleepy village, but when it comes to interesting attractions, this little village punches way above its weight.

Firstly, Grasmere is said to be home to the first gingerbread bakery in the UK. All I can say is that I failed to restrain myself to buying one box of gingerbreads.

Grasmere

Grasmere was also the home of the famous and talented poet, William Wordsworth. His stunning house is tucked away up in the wooded slopes above Grasmere Lake, and is accessible to the public. You can take a tour around his home and admire the beautiful views that gave him inspiration for some of his best work.

Rydal cave is located on the west side of Rydal water. It’s a grand cave, flooded with water, but has stepping stones which you can hop along to get deep into the cave

Camping

If you are looking to stay around Grasmere for only one night then go to BaysBrown Farm Campsite. The other campsites are National trust campsites and require a minimum of two nights stay.

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CAMPSITES

Low Wray Campsite (National Trust)

  • Location: Low Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JA
  • Number: 01539 432 733
  • Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/low-wray-campsite
  • Notes: Prices vary depending on time of year and how many people, so check out the website for more information. It’s a minimum of 2 nights stay. Opening times are from the 17 May 2021 – 31 October 2021. Two Dogs are allowed per pitch.

Great Langdale Campsite (National Trust)

BaysBrown Farm Campsite

  • Location: Great Langdale, Ambleside LA22 9JZ
  • Number: 01539 437 150
  • Website: http://baysbrownfarmcampsite.co.uk/
  • Notes: If you are planning to stay one night around Grasmere then we would recommend staying here. It costs £10 per adult. This campsite does not take bookings but is a first come first served campsite and accept new arrivals daily between 14:00 and 20:00. They have grass pitches and if the weather’s too wet do not accept 4x4s.

FOOD

Low Sizergh Barn

  • Location: LAB 8DZ
  • Number: 01539 560426
  • Website: https://www.lowsizerghbarn.co.uk
  • Notes: This is a bit of a gem. It’s located on the boarder of the Lake District, about an 8 minute drive from Kendal. It’s a family run farm shop which sells delicious homemade food and has a great café/restaurant that over looks the milking parlour. Great for breakfast, lunch and stocking up on baked snacks.

Brew Brothers (Kendal)

  • Location: 69 Highgate, Kendal LA9 4ED
  • Website: http://www.brew-brothers.co.uk/
  • Number: 01539 722 237
  • Notes: Located on the high street in Kendal. This hip café does very nice coffees, and has also got a good vegan menu.

The Pig (the town of Windermere)

  • Location: 13 Crescent Rd, Windermere LA23 1EA
  • Website: https://windermerepig.com
  • Number: 01539 234 220
  • Notes: This is quite a swanky café/bar, but is in a great location, in Windermere, and their food all comes from local produce.

Harley’s Bistro & cafe bar

  • Location: 2 College St, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SZ
  • Notes: This is a great cafe to sit by the river and enjoy a drink and a snack. Just don’t feed the birds!