A soggy (yet beautiful) visit to the Lake District

Can you say wet? Floods? Rain? A bit more rain?

Rainwater is what most of the UK had the pleasure of experiencing over the recent Christmas/New Year period. However, at least I was in one of the most beautiful areas in the UK after Christmas: The Lake District. In fact, I’d go as the to say ‘the most’ beautiful area in England.

Statue at World of Beatrix Potter

Statue at World of Beatrix Potter

My lovely Aunt decided to visit me from New Zealand, so together we stayed in Ambleside, a little town at the top of Lake Windermere. We had a small hire car that nicely fitted amongst all the little streets in the Lake District villages. The Fiat did us well, even when the flooding got close to knee-depth in parts!

When we weren’t driving through astounding scenery, we wandered through towns like Grasmere and Keswick, with little boutique shops to feed my gift card obsession (who doesn’t like getting a really nice gift card on special occasions right?) and even did a bit of a boat tour along Lake Windermere.

River

Fast moving river in the Lake District, due to flooding

Flooding in the Lake District

Flooding in the Lake District

Flooding in the Lake District

and a bit more flooding in the Lake District

In Windermere itself I had the chance to feel like a child again when we visited the World of Beatrix Potter. Beatrix Potter was one of my favourite childhood writers and illustrators, her books always took you to the countryside where cute animals came to life. The World of Beatrix Potter does the same, with interactive aspects and models throughout, you are taken in by this incredible place – there’s even Mr McGregor’s garden!

The World of Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter

Tale of Mrs Tiggy Winkle at the World of Beatrix Potter

Tale of Mrs Tiggy Winkle at the World of Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck

The World of Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter

Peter Rabbit at the World of Beatrix Potter

Peter Rabbit at the World of Beatrix Potter

Amongst all this fun were a lot of lovely scenery and cute little towns as well, despite it being the middle of a very wet winter! I can only imagine how incredible it must be in summer and autumn!

Ambleside town

Ambleside

Bridge House

Bridge House, a 17th century survivor

Bassenthwaite Lake

Bassenthwaite Lake

Lake District, Cumbria

Sheep walking along the road in the Lake District, Cumbria

Lake District, Cumbria

Lake District, Cumbria

The scenery was honestly some of the most beautiful countryside I’ve seen in the UK. These images are just a taste of what we saw. To see more of my photographs of the Lake District from this trip, as well as others from around England and Wales, check out my photography gallery on designack.com here »

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