The hidden gem that is the Lyth Valley is couldn’t make a better setting or destination for a Christmas break. Famous for its damson’s, the area exudes charm and rural Cumbrian idealism and is worth visiting to sample the famous damson gin alone.
This area has the benefit of being close to the towns of Windermere, Grange over Sands and Kendal, the M6 just 6 miles away and the Lake District fells and lakes on the doorstep. Choose dog friendly accommodation and save on kennel fees. Imagine the thought of being able to enjoy Christmas with the whole family whether they have two legs or four?!
Where to visit:
The pretty village of Crosthwaite is where you will find the consistently award winning pub and restaurant The Punchbowl Inn but also a plethora of walks along quiet roads and bridleways. A longer wander or short drive and there are country pub delights to be found in nearby Underbarrow, Brigsteer, Cartmel Fell and Winster.
Another village, Bouth is must visit for walks and for another award winning pub and restaurant, The White Hart. And let’s not forget just a short drive away is the outstanding village of Cartmel, Cumbria’s capital of food (also horse racing in the summer!). A stunning and unique village you’ll find lovely cafes, shops, pubs and restaurants. Especially at this time of the year, Cartmel Priory is a must visit. Dating back to 1190 the building and site is steeped in history and is the centrepiece of the village.
Where to stay:
The Damson Dene Lake District Hotel. Enjoy the loveliness of the Lyth Valley and it’s quaint villages whilst perfectly located between Kendal, the historic market town and Lake Windermere. The hotel is ideal for families, large enough for couples to have peace and tranquillity but also a haven for four legged visitors. Booking direct via the website ensures the best rate available and seasonal 2 and 3 night breaks are well worth looking into as the food is delicious and you may get a free cruise on Lake Windermere included too! https://www.damsondene.co.uk/