The Lake District
10 things on our Lake District Summer Staycation Bucket List
The Lake District is such a beautiful place to visit. With breathtaking views around every corner, our staff here at The Daffodil Hotel and Spa consider themselves lucky to live here. Whether you’ve come for a walking holiday or a place to relax, there’s plenty to do here for all.
Staying at The Daffodil offers a luxurious base to discover the natural beauty of the Lake District at your own pace. Providing picturesque views of Grasmere, you won’t want to leave. But, if you do, here are 10 bucket list things to do on your summer staycation in the Lake District.
LAKE DISTRICT BUCKET LIST #1 | VISIT RYDAL MOUNT
Rydal Mount, a 5 minute drive from The Daffodil Hotel, lies in the heart of the English Lake District between Grasmere and Ambleside. Between 1813 and 1850, Rydal Mount was home to the Wordsworth family. Many tourists say that walking into the house is like walking back in time, as little of the house has changed. If you are a Wordsworth admirer or just want to experience Lake District Heritage, then this house is a must. The stunning gardens, landscaped by Wordsworth himself, and the quaint tea room add charm to the house that is quintessentially English.
LAKE DISTRICT BUCKET LIST #2 | COMPLETE A WAINWRIGHT
Helm Crag is an exhilarating little climb that features a distinct summit rock which has provided it the name of ‘The Lion and the Lamb’. This Wainwright walk is easily accessible from The Daffodil Hotel and definitely one to consider when staying here. At 3.5 miles (6km) long, Helm Crag is walkable in a few hours, so perfect for those not wanting a full day of walking. Although only 1,329 ft, Helm Crag offers spectacular views of Grasmere, the Langdale Pikes and the Coniston Fells and is a summit all walkers should get the chance of standing on.
LAKE DISTRICT BUCKET LIST #3 | WANDER LONELY AS A CLOUD AT ULLSWATER
William Wordsworth’s most famous poem “Daffodils” is said to have been inspired after walking along the shores of Ullswater. Although in Summer the Daffodils are not there, don’t let this discourage you. Why not try walking along the shores of Ullswater to Aira Force? Set amongst timeworn woodlands, Aira Force Waterfalls are a spectacular place to visit, especially after it has rained. These are one of the most famous waterfalls throughout the whole Lake District, and they certainly won’t disappoint. Even William Wordsworth was impressed by Aira Force Waterfalls and wrote a short poem about them in September 1836. Wordsworth’s poems have brought the beauty of the Lake District to many. Create your own memories “beside the lake and beneath the trees” of Ullswater.
LAKE DISTRICT BUCKET LIST #4 | DON’T BE SPOOKED AT MUNCASTER CASTLE
Nestled on the western edge of the Lake District, Muncaster Castle is a memorable day out. Muncaster offers unforgettable experiences for groups, individuals and families looking for fun. Experience the most haunted house in the country, with more than 5 known ghosts. Enjoy exhilarating flying displays from their birds of prey within their Hawk and Owl centre. For the little ones, there are enchanted trails, a huge adventure playground and plenty of events throughout the summer. So what you waiting for? Only an hours drive from the Daffodil Hotel, Muncaster is the perfect day out.
LAKE DISTRICT BUCKET LIST #5 | GET ACTIVE AT BROCKHOLE
Looking for something fun and exciting to do this summer? Why not try Brockhole activity centre on the shores of Lake Windermere. Have a go at archery, laser clay shooting or even mini golf, all with an idyllic view of the lake. You can even rent motor boats, row boats, kayaks and paddle boards. Stunning grounds, beautiful gardens and 3 amazing cafés with striking views. All just a 20-minute drive away from the Daffodil Hotel and Spa. Brockhole is the perfect bucket list day out in the Lake District for people of all ages.
LAKE DISTRICT BUCKET LIST #6 | VISIT BEATRIX POTTER’S HOME
If you’re a fan of Beatrix Potter and her remarkable characters, then head over to a 17th century Hill Top farmhouse near Hawkshead. The house, gardens and surrounding countryside acted as inspiration for the author’s illustrations. Throughout summer, Hill Top offers things to do for all ages. such as; planting seeds with Hill Top’s very own Mr McGregor (don’t worry, he’s friendly). Sit and relax in the orchard, become inspired and create your own adventures, or why not get creative on an easel? You’ll soon become immersed in her world and see why the surroundings offered her so much inspiration.
LAKE DISTRICT BUCKET LIST #7 | INDULGE YOURSELF AT CHESTERS BY THE RIVER
This dog friendly, vegetarian café is a must after a day on the fells. Situated besides a rattling brook at Skelwith Bridge, halfway between Ambleside and Hawkshead. This gorgeous hidden gem is a definite to add to your Lake District bucket list. The scrumptious scones, beautifully made Battenberg and delectable Date Cake will leave your mouth watering for more. Sit outside on the terrace and lose yourself in the tranquillity of the sound of the stream below. As well as a café, Chesters by the river boasts a lovely shop, with many products made locally. So why not take a gift home with you from the Lake District?
LAKE DISTRICT BUCKET LIST #8 | EXCITE YOUR IMAGINATION AT THEATRE BY THE LAKE
Experience the drama of the Lakes. Theatre by the Lake is situated in Keswick, on the shores of Derwentwater. This Theatre is said to be the most beautifully located and friendly in the whole of Britain. With six different plays performing from May-November, this theatre is perfect for those looking for something different to do. Theatre by the lake has brought a little touch of magic to this remote part of Britain and promises to excite the imagination.
LAKE DISTRICT BUCKET LIST #9 | TAKE A WALK AROUND TARN HOWS
Not far from Coniston, Tarn Hows is an easy circular walk that allows you to soak up some gorgeous views of the Lakeland fells. This 1.8 mile (3km) walk is suitable for all abilities and ages, with easy access for wheelchair users and buggies. Sit down and relax on one of the many benches this walk offers and take in the breath-taking backdrop of the Langdales and Coniston Fells.
LAKE DISTRICT BUCKET LIST #10 | ENJOY A SPA DAY AT THE DAFFODIL HOTEL
Now, with all the fun and activities out of the way, The Daffodil Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to relax, unwind and indulge yourself. Enjoy a spa journey designed to take you to another world, one where you can just relax and clear your mind. Here at the Daffodil Hotel we ensure a luxurious spa journey like no other. After your spa, why not enjoy an afternoon tea in the heart of the Lake District. With the very best selection of local produce and freshly baked cakes. Not only is the food delectable, the view from the dining or sitting room is simply stunning.
We would love to hear where your bucket list places are in the Lake District.