Welcome to our Spring and Summer 2022 Lakes Magazine. Read on and be inspired for your next Lake District...
Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 27th March this year, so if you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate, why not head to the Lakes? With beautiful landscapes, peaceful countryside and friendly, local towns & villages, the Lake District has something that appeals to everyone.
Take a look at a few ideas below on how to spend Mother’s Day in the Lake District and make your mother feel extra special.
What better way to say ‘I love you’ than enjoying homemade scones, indulgent cakes and a lovely warm cuppa while taking in the Lake District views. Take your pick from quaint tearooms, lakeside manor houses, or quirky hotels to find the afternoon tea that’s right for you!
If you’re looking for a traditional afternoon tea, we recommend the Inn on the Lake. Here you can enjoy a classic selection of fruit scones, sandwiches and cakes while marvelling at the views over Ullswater. Cosy up by the fires on a cold day, or enjoy afternoon tea in the sunshine on the outdoor terrace. If you’re looking for something a little different, why not try afternoon tea at The Wild Boar near Windermere. Their alternative menu includes pork pies, Yorkshire puddings and pigs in blankets, with a veggie option also available. And if it’s luxury you’re after, The Waterhead Hotel offers a Gin & Tonic afternoon tea – the Lemon Drizzle cake with G&T frosting is a favourite!
There’s lots of choice here, from hotels to well-being centres, with a great range of facilities to match the kind of spa day you’re after.
If you’re looking for the ‘wow’ factor, try The Spa at Low Wood Bay. Enjoy the indoor pool, steam room & sauna as well as outdoor hot tubs and the amazing Fellside Sauna. Don’t forget to try the heated outdoor infinity pool and relax while taking in stunning views of Lake Windermere! There are also a great range of luxury treatments on offer to really help you unwind.
Up in the North Lakes, we recommend a visit to Aqua Sana at Whinfell Forest. Choose from Turkish Baths, a Japanese Zen garden, Greek Herbal Baths, water beds, reflexology plus much more! A great spot to enjoy a luxurious retreat in the peaceful surroundings of Whinfell Forest.
Or why not try Underscar Spa, tucked underneath Skiddaw and close to Keswick, with Pool, sauna, steam and treatments.
Why not take a walk in one of the many beautiful gardens here. Holehird Gardens near Windermere are always a favourite, as are Brockhole is another popular choice, with stunning grounds dating back to the early 20th Century. Muncaster Castle is another great place for a relaxed stroll in the gardens with wild daffodils in full bloom. Sizergh Castle near Kendal is a fabulous Spring garden, with tea-rooms and walks around the estate. Many places now offer free mobility scooters available, so everyone can get out and enjoy the fresh air – check with the venue before you go.
If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day in the Lake District, why not take to the water! Hop on a Windermere Lake Cruise, the Ullswater Steamer or the Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston Water and marvel at the lakes from a different perspective. Rowing boats are also available to hire on Coniston Water, Windermere, Derwentwater, Grasmere & Ullswater. If you’re feeling adventurous you could even try your hand at some watersports – check out our favourites here!
If you’re up for the challenge, you could head into the fells this Mother’s Day and enjoy some peace and quiet on the summits. Pack a picnic and take in the beautiful views while making the most of some quality time together. Tarn Hows is an easy circular walk around the Tarn, and further afield, Catbells is a great place to start, with rewarding views over Derwentwater. If you’re new to fellwalking and don’t feel confident going by yourselves, why not sign up to a guided walking adventure instead?
Another way to experience the beauty of the Lake District is on two wheels. Head off the beaten track with mountain biking trails at Grizedale Forest, or try some road cycling through the quiet countryside to clear your head and feel energized. If you need some inspiration, take a look at our favourite cycling trails in the Lake District and find your ideal route. If you don’t have your own bikes, there are numerous places around the Lake District where you can hire bikes; see the full list here.
Why not simply pack up a picnic and head to the lakeshore. There are lots of great beaches to relax on, including Glencoyne Bay on Ullswater, Fell Foot Park by Lake Windermere, Penny Rock Bay at Grasmere and Crow Park on the shore of Derwentwater. Soak up the spring sunshine and look out for the local wildlife on the lake while tucking in to some tasty snacks.
Fancy doing something different this Mother’s Day? Take a tour of the Lakes Distillery – the first whisky distillery in the Lake District! The guided tour will take you through each step of the distilling process, as well as telling you about the history of the building and how their journey began. You can also enjoy a taster of some of the newest and award-winning products including vodka and gin. After your tour why not browse the shop for some goodies to take home, or head for lunch in the bistro next door.
Can’t decide how to spend Mother’s Day in the Lake District? Why not make a weekend of it and celebrate across a few days.. Here at Lakes Cottage Holidays we have a huge range of properties including cosy cottages, lakeside apartments, wooden lodges and large family houses, so there’s something to suit all tastes.