After living in London for a year now I have been craving an extra large portion of nature. I asked around and was told that the Lake District would definitely satisfy my craving. After not having to drive for a year (and not wanting to ever again…stress!) we settled on the tiny town of Keswick where everything is within walking distance.
Getting there: Keswick is beautifully situated about a 3.5-4hr train ride from London Euston. We caught the train to Penrith and then a 40 minute bus, you can get a taxi for about 25 pound (or 50 on public holidays.)
Where to stay: We stayed at Cumbria House B&B and it was 100% one of the best B&B’s we have stayed at. The breakfasts were delish and more exciting than just eggs and bacon. We got haloumi, smashed avo, baked porridge and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. The owners were so lovely and lent us some jackets and a backpack as we came a little bit unprepared.
Where to eat: our fav of the trip was Sizzling Stone here you cook your own food on a very hot volcanic rock. As it was our last night we went a bit overboard and got a massive plate of meat that was all locally sourced. We also got the ice-cream cheesecake which was absolutely incredible.
Where to drink: ES Bar this is a cute little hipster bar where you can play Nintendo 64, board games and have a nice local beer. The tapas was good but is really heavy and not to my personal taste.
What else to do: Hike, hike, hike! The best thing about Keswick is that you don’t have to drive anywhere. Most walks are directly on your doorstep and there are so many to choose from. Your best bet is to get a map from the information center or your B&B.