The Lake District


Itinerary: A weekend in the Lake District to explore the area and cheer on my husband as he competed in his first Triathlon.

Travel Time: About a five hour drive, depending on traffic, from London.

Accommodation: We stayed in the Highfield Hotel which is located in Keswick next to Derwentwater. The overall feel of the hotel is very welcoming and cozy. Our room was the “West Turret” room and featured a reading nook in the “turret” that had beautiful views of the valley. Breakfast and dinner were included in the rate and I could think of nothing better than filling up on the delicious full english breakfast before heading out for the day knowing that a hearty and warm dinner was waiting for us upon our return. I think my favorite thing I had for dinner was the venison- cooked to perfection and exactly what was needed after a day of hiking.

Highlight(s): The Lake District is one of the most beautiful parts of England in my opinion and the best way to see it is on foot. We only had about a day and half to explore the area so we set out first thing with a picnic in hand to Derwentwater where we hopped on one of the launch boats that cruises around the lake. It takes a little less than an hour to make a full trip around and there are various stops where you can hop on or off at your pleasure. We decided to take the long way around to the starting point for our hike which would take us over Ashness Bridge and up to Surprise View where you can view the whole of the lake below and the Catbells in the distance. We were there on an incredibly clear day and were even able to see Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance where Reid would be racing the following day (when the weather did not cooperate quite as much).

One thing I regret about this trip is not bringing our dog, Bonnie, along- she would have been in heaven going for hikes and swimming in the lake and the area seemed incredibly dog friendly. I guess that gives us a reason to head back to the Lake District in the future!


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