8.16.2017

A Trip To The Lake District

I really enjoy reading travel diaries on other blogs so I'm very excited about writing my first one. I don't even know if I should call it a travel diary as I didn't exactly leave the country or anything but I'm pretty certain travelling doesn't mean going abroad only, you can travel within a country so I'm calling it a travel diary. *smug face*

 I went on this trip with my aunt and my cousins. No one made any plans of going abroad this summer so my aunt decided that we should visit somewhere new in the UK. Everyone always talks about the Lake District and as it's not too far from Manchester, we decided to go there for the day. I'll also be sharing a few tips in case anyone reading this is thinking of visiting the area as well. I was really determined to take some travel blogger-esque pictures if you know what I mean. It's safe to say that didn't exactly go as planned , haha.

                                     9:47 AM - Manchester Piccadilly Train Station
We got on the train and much to our dismay, we were packed like sardines. I'm pretty sure train companies know the number of seats available so it's quite annoying when they sell more tickets than the number of seats available. It's alright if maybe a couple of people are standing but when it's loads of people, not so much. So yeah, the train was really tight but I wasn't too annoyed as we had to change trains at Preston and the journey to Preston was less than an hour long. 

We hadn't gone very far when the train stopped at Deansgate and was delayed for fifteen minutes. No one gave a reason why but I suppose there was a good reason. Due to this delay, we ended up missing our train at Preston. 

                                          Preston Train Station
We literally got to the platform as the train whizzed away. It was sort of disheartening as it wasn't our fault we missed it. Thankfully, there was a train going to Glasgow, we were told to get on that one and then get off at Oxenholme which was the second stop.

                                           Oxenholme Train Station
The plan was to get off at Oxenholme and then get a train to Windermere which was our final destination. On getting to Oxenholme, we found out that the next train to Windermere was in an hour's time. Now, I really detest waiting for trains, buses and transportation in general. I prefer to get there and hop in right away and I'm fairly certain everyone else is the same. The wait felt like forever but I was really determined not to let anything ruin my mood lmao.  Finally, the train arrived and we got on it. Windermere, here we come!

                                                 Finally at Windermere
The Lake District is made up of different towns and they all have different attractions. If you're taking the train like we did, you can buy an all day bus pass in front of the train station. That way, you can hop on and off the buses as you wish. We got the pass for the 599 bus as it goes through some of the places we wanted to visit: Bowness, Ambleside and Grasmere. It was really affordable too, £12 for the five of us. You can also pay for a boat ride there as well which we did. It cost £32  which I thought was an okay price.
Ambleside-Lake District

AMBLESIDE-LAKE DISTRICT
Fun Fact: The town Windermere doesn't actually touch the Lake Windermere which is the biggest lake in England. The lake is a mile away from the town. 

We got on the bus as we were going to Bowness first. The upper deck of the bus is open so you can sight-see properly. Very touristy. The town is so cute, coffee shops on all the streets, old fashioned sweet shops and independent boutiques. I also loved the stones used for the buildings, I don't know what they're called but they're not the usual red bricks. The town has a warm and close knit feel to it even though it's filled with tourists and I really admired that. 

                                     Bowness, Ambleside & Grasmere
We got to Bowness and the view was so lovely, I couldn't really take any pictures that did the place justice. There were loads of people walking around, taking pictures and just having a nice time. It's a very picturesque place, something you would see in a movie. It also has loads of cafes and independent boutiques.
BOWNESS-LAKE DISTRICT
We decided to take a boat ride to Ambleside. The view from the boat was really beautiful, made me admire nature. There were mountains all around and the water was a pretty, dark blue colour. We got to Ambleside and decided we didn't want to stay there after all. There wasn't really anything exciting to do although the view certainly made up for that to an extent. So we sat down for a bit and just talked. Then we hopped on the bus going back to Bowness.

Back at Bowness, we decided to get some food and ended up settling for a Thai restaurant called Jintana. I was looking forward to the meal as it was my first time trying Thai food. I ended up being the only person who enjoyed what they ordered. I got Pad Thai and some spring rolls as a starter. Everyone else didn't like their food so much, it certainly didn't live up to their expectations which for some reason I found hilarious. I kept on laughing at their exasperated faces and the restaurant staff kept on staring . I'm pretty sure they thought I was insane or something. 
JINTANA THAI RESTAURANT-BOWNESS
When we were done eating, we walked around the town a bit. We had no clue on what to do next. To be fair, there are a few things to do but none of them really interested us. My aunt decided on a whim that we should get on the bus and go to Grasmere as she's heard about it. The journey from Bowness to Grasmere took forever . I should probably point out that if you would like to stay for the night at the Lake District, you should book your room weeks/months in advance. We passed a lot (and I mean a lot) of hotels and bed & breakfasts on the way to Grasmere and they all had signs saying no vacancies. 

Grasmere is a great place for walking/hiking. It's much more quiet though and in my opinion, more beautiful. The air is so fresh, I'm sure city lungs were jumping for joy. They were free from city polluted air for a couple of hours. We ended up not exploring Grasmere as the bus ride took waaaaayyyy longer than we anticipated and it was getting late. Bummer though, it'll have been nice to do some walking in the area. 
Anyways, back to Windermere we went to catch the train home. Well, I should say trains as we had to change twice before getting to Manchester. I literally got home and tumbled into bed. I've always been one to say that I would love to live in the country side but after this trip, I take it back. I don't know if the Lake District counts as the country side but it's very quiet and some parts of it very secluded with considerable distance between one house and the next. It's nice for a little weekend visit but to live there? I don't think I could. I'm a city girl, who knew?

Thank you guys for reading this in my opinion, extremely long blog post. Have you been to anywhere in the Lake District? Was it fun? What did you do?
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36 comments

  1. I'm a big believer of staycations and exploring your own city, and staycations are so budget-friendly, so yes you can totally travel within your own country! And I figure, for your readers, it's going to be an out-of-the-country travel post for at least one of them :P // Really wishing I could eat all the food you photographed haha -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Ooh that's such a great way of looking at it haha. Staycations are great, would love to do more of them. Thanks for reading Audrey :)

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  2. hi, Im a new follower on your blog for gfc ...
    ı hope you will be back ...
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    1. Hey soslu, thanks for following. I will check your blog out too :)

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  3. I miss the UK so much! This area looks absolutely lovely for a summer day. Will have to put it on my travel list!

    Best,
    Christina
    Looks by Lau

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    1. It's really pretty and perfect for a summer day out. Thanks for stopping by!xx

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  4. The place looks so beautiful and peaceful. I had a colleague that went there and she absolutely loved it as well. Definitely need to add it to my Travel Bucket List.

    Georgiana / Beauty Nerd

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    1. That's the perfect word to describe it; peaceful. It's a really nice place, I'm sure you'll love it!

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  5. Oooh it looks like you had such a lovely time in the lake district, it's one of my favourite places but I haven't been in years! I must make time to go again. I hadn't realised that Windermere is the biggest lake in Britain!
    Peta x
    www.pe-ta.com

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    1. Yup, I certainly had a lovely time.I didn't know it was the largest lake either ! Thanks for reading Peta <3

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  6. Looks like a lot of fun! It's true, whenever I think of travelling I always think abroad but I feel like I definitely should spend more time just getting more familiar with places outside of just London or the bigger cities like Bristol, Manchester etc... so officially adding the Lake District to my list. Will look into it a bit more and check out different options!

    http://skylish.co.uk

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    1. I agree, there are so many pretty places here in the UK that are worth exploring. I want to explore some more too! Thanks for stopping by Kemi :)

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  7. One of my favourite places to visit, it is so beautiful! x

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  8. Aw I love posts like this, I actually haven't been to Lake District before but I am definitely tempted to go now that I have seen this! I am so glad I cam across your blog too, I can see you have worked really hard on it and it is completely paying off, well done pretty lady! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww that's such a sweet thing to say, you're too kind Adele. Thank you so much. You should visit the Lake District, you'll like it :)

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  9. Looks lovely, great photos xxx
    www.basicallyalice.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. It's so beautiful wow, the boys have gotten so big wth, I have to visit this place and you guys soon xx

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    1. It's a really nice place to visit. Haha, yup they're big now. Can't wait to see you <3

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  11. Hey Demi!! Looks like you had a lot of fun. Those cakes tho yummy!!

    Lemonadesociety.blospot.com

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    1. Hey Annie, I did! They look so good right? xx

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  12. I loved Lake District when I was there! We stayed in Ambleside and it was so much fun! I love your blog!
    x Kenzie
    Kenzieblogslife.wordpress.com

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    1. Glad you had a great time Kenzie. And thanks so much, you're too kind <3

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  13. This looks like so much fun! Quite picturesque. You should definitely do more travel/getaway posts! And those desert tho? yum!

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    1. Very picturesque! I plan to, I really enjoyed writing this one. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  14. Thank you for this outstanding sharing and virtual trip ,i really enjoyed it

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  15. Looks like it was a great trip. The environment looks so serene and peaceful. Nice post.....xxxx

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    1. That's a great description of the place, totally serene. Thanks Ifunanya :)

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  16. Love the travel diary style of your post! I've stayed in bowness and visited grasmere and it's such a lovely place.
    Great post!

    Yasmin x

    The Sweet Seven Five

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    1. Aww thank you Yasmin! It's indeed a lovely place. xx

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