Our lovely landscape has been the catalyst of inspiration for
There’s something wonderfully mind mellowing about getting lost between the pages of a good book. Add in picturesque views, a flask of tea and a blanket for those frostier afternoons, and you’ve got yourself the perfect recipe for some magical mindfulness.
Here, we’re sharing our favourite little wild spots for you to take a seat, rest your legs, and enjoy your book in the loving arms of the Lake District landscape.
Ahh, beautiful Buttermere. The lake by the dairy pastures.
A view so nice, you’ll see it twice. No, really! The reflections from the calm water perfectly mirrors the imposing pines that stand boldly on the shore. Splashes of Autumnal colour beam off the water when the leaves
Despite offering some of the best walking in Lakeland, it’s overshadowed by the natural beauty of Buttermere which really epitomises this place.
The lake of Buttermere, set in its amphitheatre of mountains, is a soothing scene, made more dramatic by the play of light and shade in the narrow valley. A destination slightly further afield, (and accessed only by a single road), however one that is worthy of the journey.
Peace, prettiness and tranquillity in abundance. Bring a book, a flask of tea, perhaps a blanket for those colder days, and enjoy a big slice of heaven.
Experiencing some silence seems to be a rarity in our hectic lives today, and something we could do with much more of. Thankfully, Buttermere is somewhere that can offer just that (except for a few local sheep), meaning you can completely immerse yourself between those pages, reset your mind and feel refreshed.
If you’re lucky enough to visit in the Spring, then the
The view that changed the life of a young Alfred Wainwright, and as a result, inspired the lives of so many to this day. So, it’s only right we include
The beauty of this place stems from its
Step straight off the platform at Windermere station and begin your accent. It’s that simple!
There are many reasons Friars Crag gets a place in our top 3 wild spots to enjoy your book. One of those being the fact it’s just a short walk from the town centre of Keswick, and another because of the incredible views over Derwentwater to the jaws of Borrowdale.
From the Market Square, stroll along Lake Road, through the gardens of Hope Park, follow the shoreline past the boat landings on Derwentwater, and you’ll shortly arrive at the viewpoint.
This local lake is just a ten-minute walk from the centre of town. To its west rises the fells of Cat Bells, with the entrance to the beautiful Borrowdale valley at the southern foot of the lake. And the fantastic viewpoint of Friar's Crag jutting into the lake sits to the east.
The Lake is very much a landscape of moods, and is best to visit early in the morning, as the mirror calm washes over the water.
Just back from the Crag is a monument erected in recognition of the writer John Ruskin’s first visit to Keswick (in 1824).
The words on the stone read ‘the first thing I remember as an event in life, was being taken by my nurse to the brow of Friars Crag on Derwentwater
Ruskin was 5
Years later he observed that the view from the Crag was one of the finest in Europe, and that ‘it was a place almost too beautiful to live in’.
It's easy to see why this is a place you shouldn't miss on your next trip to the Northern Lakes.