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Enjoy a relaxing day in the Lake District

Are you looking for ideas to make your holiday in the Lake District as relaxing and restorative as possible? It can be tempting to try to fit in as much as possible, but why not slow the pace and do as much or little as you feel like for our suggestions below.

Start your day by waking up in comfort at your cottage and enjoy the peaceful surroundings with a leisurely breakfast in your own home-from-home kitchen.

Or perhaps you’d prefer to take a foray into the nearby town, pick up a paper or take a book and find a nearby café to tuck into a tasty brunch. You could able to your nearest bus stop and hop on board a Stagecoach bus to explore the tranquil waters and outstanding scenery of our UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The popular open-top double-decker bus route 599 runs between Bowness and Grasmere; a DayRider ticket allows you to hop on and off at your leisure, to take in a viewpoint or a local pub for lunch.For more information about bus timetables and routes in the Lake District.

Let the stresses of the world melt away with a tailored spa experience like those at UnderScar, a retreat tucked away on the lower slopes of Skiddaw fell just outside Keswick and set amidst ancient wood and parkland. 

On arrival, you’ll see views towards Derwentwater and the magnificent Borrowdale Valley. Inside you can choose from a range of holistic treatments, enjoy a plunge into the inviting pool, lazing in the jacuzzi, sauna and soothing steam room.

For foodie indulgence why not make a reservation to dine at Michelin Star restaurant Forest Side in Grasmere, where the tasting menus created by Kevin Tickle bring the flavours of the Cumbrian countryside to the plate. Or for global flavours in a more informal setting try Gilpin Spice, where you can choose from a menu of sharing dishes from countries along the spice trail, from the Indian sub-continent to the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and China.

As darkness falls on a clear night, you’ll be treated to dramatic views of stars, free of the light pollution of urban areas. Why not take a cosy blanket, binoculars and a torch (it really is dark once you’re off a main street!) and venture outside to find a good spot to sit and soak up the beauty of the night sky at its best.