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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

UK & Canary Islands Travelogue | Lake District

After spending a few days in Snowdonia, we drove northwards up to Lake District. I've heard of Lake District many times and I have even been there before when I was still a young child but I don't remember much of it at all so I was definitely psyched to have a second chance in revisiting this picturesque place. 

It took us 2 and a half hours to get there and we managed to squeeze in a little coffee break just to stretch our legs and pick up a cup of coffee.

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. It is a ribbon lake formed in a glacial trough after the retreat of ice at the start of the current interglacial period. It has been one of the country's most popular places for holidays and summer homes since the arrival of the Kendal and Windermere Railway's branch line in 1847. Historically forming part of the border between Lancashire and Westmorland, it is now within the county of Cumbria and the Lake District National Park. (Credit: x)

For lunch, we headed to the Hill Top and had lunch in the really cosy eating area they had. Halfway through our meal, it started snowing so heavily it felt like winter. The weather is really erratic these days and in the UK especially, the weather changes so rapidly that I realise you really have to be prepared for all sorts of weather. Even though it was supposed to be nearly summer when we were there, we experienced 3 bouts of snow, loads of wet weather and the occasional sun so saying that it was nearly summer is really misleading.

Homemade soup & roll (£5.95)
Oak Smoked Haddock Chowder

Sawrey House Fish & Chips (£11.95)
Seabass fillets in citrus yeast batter, hand cut salt & pepper chips, homemade ketchup, lime and cape mayonnaise, pea and mint mousse and lemon confit

Homemade soup & roll (£5.95)
Tuscan, Tomato, Aubergine and Chicken Soup

We drove up to the Old Man of Coniston and wanted to do a little hike just to get a spot of exercise but we didn't get to do so because soon after we arrived, it started spitting so we had to head back which was such a shame. Imagine doing a hike through rolling hills dotted with sheep, how amazing would that be? I am definitely coming back here one day with SH and we are going hiking just because I feel like places like these are a waste if you only drive up and not put your hiking boots on and trudge through those mud paths.

We drove past a few lakes and if you haven't guessed already, Lake District is named after the numerous lakes that are in the area. I can't remember for sure what the names of the lakes were but I am pretty sure one of them was Yew Tree Tarn and another was Ullswater but I'm sure if you just do a little drive around the area, you will be able to come across a few of the many lakes there are.

After a long day of braving the cold and wet weather, we decided to head to the B&B to get an early night and guess what, halfway through our drive we hit some snow once again. Always dress warmly guys!!

For dinner, we headed to The Silk Road Chinese Restaurant and had Chinese food again. If you're ever in the area and you're craving Chinese food, please head to this restaurant because not only was the food really good and authentic, the bosses were really friendly and nice as well. They came out and had a little chat with us and they were so welcoming that we actually went there again the next night. 

Also, Chinese food isn't always affordable in the UK and we have gone to places where dishes were really expensive for their portion. The Chinese food here was reasonably priced which we really appreciated.

Sweet & Sour Pork

Mixed Vegetables (£5.90)

Young Chow Fried Rice (£6)

Chicken Sweet Corn Soup (£2.50)

Quarter Crispy Aromatic Duck (£8.90)

Thank you so much for reading! x

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