Lake District Travel Guide
Lake District Attractions
The Mysterious Tizzie-Wizzie Scotland has Nessie, the Alps have their snowman, abominable or not, and the Lake District has Tizzie-Wizzie. Maybe it's not as big as the Loch Ness Monster, or as scary as the snowman, but it sure is a whole lot cuter. With a body of a hedgehog, the tail of a squirrel, gauzy wings and antennae like a bee, no-one is really sure if Tizzie-Wizzie actually exists or is merely a practical joke, or bedtime story for children, but aquarists are investigating sightings of the water-loving creature, and the Aquarium have also contacted leading crypto zoologist Dr Charles Paxton, for his views on the subject.
Brockhole Visitor Centre this famous adventure playground with its lakeside setting, gorgeous gardens and games lawn, is the perfect place for a day out with the family. With a cafe and gift shop on site, and good wheelchair access to the Visitor Centre, there is something for everyone, and no one should be denied the pleasure of enjoying the facilities on offer.
The Gardens designed by Thomas Mawson in 1898, the thirty acres of gardens at the Visitor Centre are still blooming in Edwardian splendour, with clipped box and yew hedges, herbaceous borders, a wildflower meadow, and the fruit, herbs, and vegetables of the kitchen garden. The spring garden is especially beautiful with rhododendrons and azaleas, magnolias and camellias and flowering bulbs.
Lake Cruises see the heart-stopping scenery of beautiful Lake Windermere on a forty-five minute cruise around the lake from the Brockhole Visitor Centre jetty.
Mardale Inn Mardale Inn, Bampton, Penrith, Cumbria is a delightful olde worlde inn located in a very rural, beautiful and uncrowded part of the Lake District near Haweswater. When we visited they offered two excellent real ales from Cumbrian Breweries, and fabulous food such as prawns in whisky sauce, lamb shoulder with honey, steak and ale stew, and chickpea curry. Log fire, oak beams and entirely non-smoking. Very nice B&B rooms too.
submitted by Mrs L Berry, 06/05/05
Lake District Shopping
Low Sizergh Barn follow the farm trail through the magnificent countryside to this organic dairy farm selling speciality foods in an eighteenth century barn, where there is a tea room as well as craft and gift gallery.
Catstycam The Outdoor Shop - Penrith, Cumbria, this family run enterprise retails outdoor clothing, boots and equipment for the camper and hiker, and take particular pride in their level of service and quality in fitting boots.
Hawkshead Trout Farm - The Boathouse, Hawkshead, Ambleside, come to the Hawkswead Trout Farm for all your fishing requirements, from tackle to trout. There is a farm shop and picnic area, and fly fishing tuition available, as well as boat fishing, shore fishing, or disabled fishing.
Courtyard Gallery - Boroughgate, Appleby-in-Westmorland, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in a 300 year old building, while deciding which work of art to take home with you. Both local and national artists are represented.
Lake District Restaurants and Bars
Lake District Restaurants
Brockhole Visitor Centre Cafe seating 120 people, the cafe offers traditional home baked Cumbrian recipes. Sandwiches, snacks and salads are available throughout the day, and hot meals are available from 12-2pm daily. There is seating on the terrace for visitors with dogs, but guide dogs are welcome in the cafe, which provides a menu in Braille for their owners. There are also picnic areas in the grounds.
Artisan Restaurant 50a Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, candlelight and charm make this informal restaurant one of the most popular restaurants in the area. The cuisine with its international flavour is produced from free-range and organic farms, and allergies are catered for.
Bower House Inn situated in the picturesque Eskdale valley, Bower House Inn uses local produce and recipes from the surrounding region to produce the excellent cuisine for which it is renowned. The house speciality is Wild duck, local pheasant, and sticky toffee pudding, just the ticket after a ramble through the fells and a quiet drink in the oak-beamed bar, before settling down for a night beside the roaring log fire.
31 The Square Main Street, Keswick, take a break from tramping through the countryside at this lovely hotel where the restaurants puts on afternoon teas, high teas, or a two or four-course dinner for your pleasure.
Lake District Bars & Clubs
Brown Cow Inn - Waberthwaite, Millom, this traditional rural inn located in the village of Waberthwaite near Muncaster Castle serves real ale and puts on such culinary delights as Cumberland sausage, gammon and ham dishes, as well as a tattie pot during the cold winter months.
Black Cock Inn - Princes Street, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria, locally renowned for its excellent food and unique atmosphere, the Black Cock is a 16th century coaching inn that has stood the test of time and still ushers in guests with aplomb and warmth offering a fine selection of real ales, and a house speciality of Cumberland pie & sausage, or Herdwick lamb.
Drunken Duck Inn - Barngates, Ambleside, Cumbria, with oak settles beside the log fire, and walls filled with pictures, the Duck stays as it was when Granddad courted Grandma and the apple trees were young. This is a good thing apparently as the Drunken Duck Inn has won numerous awards such as: Les Routiers Pub Guide 2003, North West Inn of the Year, Which Hotel Guide 2004, Gastropub of Year, Good Pub Guide 2004, Cumbria Dining Pub of the Year, AA Pub of the Year 2002, ETB 4 diamonds silver, AA 4 red diamonds.
Snooty Fox Tavern - Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, the two bars in this charming country inn have welcoming log fires to warm the guests from the outside while the real ales bring a glow to the heart on the inside. RAC Dining Award & 3 Diamonds
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