Our hotel room had the lowest rates in the hotel because the views were supposedly diminished due to the monkey tree positioned in front of our window. When we were shown our room, I was expecting a completely obstructed view, but was surprised to see this scenery instead.
This is the ‘unobstructed view’ from the tea room.
I’d say the discount was worth it. Once we got settled, we followed the pedestrian signs leading us to “The Lake”, and this was the breathtaking view we were greeted with when we arrived.
On our first hike around the lake, we saw all sorts of wild life, farm animals, and plant life, but by far, the coolest thing we saw was this neon green caterpillar.
We were pleasantly surprised with the food quality in Keswick, especially the coffee shop/deli ‘Pumpkin’. It was a very hipster style sandwhich joint with free wi-fi and a library full of books to borrow while you lunched or sipped some hot cocoa. This was a particularly heavenly Panini made with Ham, Cranberry, and Brie (aka my 3 favorite things on earth).
Here is a sample of the typical slate architecture found throughout Cumbria.
And an especially picturesque view of the town of Keswick.
We were really missing our pups in the Lake District, especially since it is so dog friendly. Many of the hotels and restaurants have signs outside welcoming dogs. I snapped a picture of a Vizsla bumming a ride for our dear friends who own a dog of this stunning breed.
Here are a few snapshots of our summit hike.
I had a field day with the sweet mountain goats we saw along the way back down.
We were oh-so blessed with perfect weather conditions while visiting England, and I was a bit jealous of the people who were sailing while I was trudging up a mountain.
But the summit was well worth the effort.
After hiking 10 miles, I rewarded myself with sticky toffee pudding.
And Strawberry and Lime cider.
Seriously friends, if you ever get a chance to try Kopparberg Cider, it is the best summer drink on earth. Jonathan hates to admit that he likes it because it’s pink, but he risked losing his man card to steal a few sips of mine. It’s that good.
That’s about all, folks.
Goodbye England. It was a pleasure meeting you and I hope to get to know you better in the years to come.