What a start to the summer it has been in the UK as a whole and even in the Lake District. This National Park and the county of Cumbria can often be quite damp to say the least but summer has been known to be wetter than autumn on a number of occasions! But 2018, the sun has created a real buzz about the school summer holidays.
With Cumbria and the Lake District being a 365 day destination now, there is no let up in activities even in the winter months but the summer, well it is all happening. In fact, with so much going on and so many visitors, finding a quieter location is what some families like to do. The western side of Lake Windermere is just the place. Hawkshead and the villages of Near and Far Sawrey are stunning, far quieter than Bowness but with lots to see and do for children and adults of any age. The Windermere Ferry is currently out of action but visitors can still get there either by car and day trips can be had across the lake operated by Windermere Lake Cruises.
Near Sawrey may be more familiar than people think for it is the once home of Beatrix Potter. Her Hill Top residence with gardens are now looked after and operated by The National Trust where visitors can go into her house and wander around her well known gardens. The house, gardens and shop are open during October including half term week although the house is closed on Fridays.
Once having arrived at the western side of Lake Windermere, there really is no need to use the car again. The quite roads, off road cycle tracks and walking paths galore are everywhere. The buses are also very good, especially in the summer months. Coniston is just a few miles away and makes a great day out. Coniston Water is a beautiful body of water, the village is quaint with some great places to eat, independent shops and surrounding it, some of the best scenery in the Lake District with The Old Man of Coniston looming behind.
Accommodation in the Near and Faw Sawrey area is made up of self catering properties and B&B’s. Listed recently as a top family friendly Lake District inn by The Telegraph is the Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn at Faw Sawrey. They have family rooms, a quiet location and food that both biguns and littleuns enjoy.
All we have to do now is keep our fingers crossed for this fabulous summer to continue!