I love living in such a busy city as London, it has been my dream since growing up in a small countryside town near Venice, however every once in a while I crave solitude, being surrounded by nature and some peace and quiet. A few hours in Richmond Park or Hampstead Heath is not always enough.
Last year, I started to explore a bit more of the beautiful English countryside with a day trip to Castle Combe and this is something I wanted to do more of this year. So I waited till March to organise a long weekend at the Lake District, a place I heard so much about, but never managed to visit. I stayed in the cosy Pelton Wheel Cottage, which is part of the Coppermines Cottages colection and it is situated just a mile above Coniston Village high in the Coppermines Valley with stunning views of the mountain peaks.
The cottage I stayed in sleep up to 4 people and is self- contained, however it is also part of a group of cottages that can be interconnected together and able to accomodate a large group of people, plus there is a hot tub outside. People have rented these properties for weddings and celebrations and I can see definitely see the charm of the area and why one would like to get married with such a great landscape as a background. All cottages have a fireplace, which guarantee a cosy afternoon in if the weather is miserable outside. I had been warned and was told to expect rain in the Lake District, but I guess I got lucky, as for my entire stay it only rained for a few hours.
It is the perfect location if you love walking and being immersed in nature or even just to relax for a few days, which is exactly what I did. The landscape is just stunning and breathtaking, seeing mountain with snow brought back childhood memories of days out in the Alps.
On the first full day I decided to walk to Coniston to explore the village, from the cottage it is a 30 minutes walk where you can make friends with the locals, sheep. I walked to Coniston Lake and visited the famous Bluebird cafe for lunch, a massive jacket potato with tuna, and watched the world go by- which is one of my favourite pastimes.
The cafe is named after Donald Campbell's boat, Bluebird K7, since Donald Campbell and Tonia Berne frequented the cafe during his speed record attempts. Close by is the Coniston Boating Centre, from where you may hire boats, the Coniston Launch and the National Trust's S.Y Gondola which sails daily on the Lake.
The second day, I decided to relax and, after a short walk, I finally made the time to read that book that had been in my bag unopened for too long and generally had a super slow day.
I feel I only barely scratched the surface with this part of England and I would love to spend some more time in the Lake District. Next time, I will invest in a pair of good walking shoes to try some of the walks in the area. The Lake District is currently in the process of bidding for UNESCO World Heritage Status further adding to the appeal of the local area.
The Lake District is currently in the process of bidding for UNESCO World Heritage Status further adding to the appeal of the local area.
How to get here?
If you, like me, don't have a car and don't want to rent one (the countryside roads are very winding and narrow), here is how you get to Coniston by train:
- train from London to Windermere (which usually stops at Lancaster or Oxenholme);
- bus from Windermere. Top tip: check the bus timetable, I was lucky to catch the last one from Windermere - which was just after 15:00;
When booking a train journey, I always use trainline, which is site where you can plan your train journey and get the best deals.
More photos of my trip below.All photos have been taken with Google Pixel.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Coppermines Cottages and train tickets were offered by Trainline.