Six Perfect Christmas Gifts for Lakes Lovers!
With the festive season drawing near, there's a good chance you're thinking about the special people in your life, and specifically what on earth you're going to get them for Christmas! If socks, chocs and fizz aren't their thing - and they'd rather be walking in the fells than singing jingle bells - a reminder of the wonderful Lake District could be the perfect Christmas treat.
Afternoon Tea with a View
If afternoon tea is your special person’s favourite treat, the Lake District is the perfect place to combine exquisite food with breathtaking views. There a number of hotels, guest houses and other hotspots providing an idyllic setting for an afternoon tea, including the highly-acclaimed Daffodil hotel on the shores of Grasmere, and Linthwaite House in Bowness or the Beech Hill, both of which offer stunning views of Windermere.
Well, pretty much anything with Herdy’s unmistakable branding will do the job. But the Herdy mug serves as a constant reminder of the Cumbrian Herdwick sheep whenever your loved one settles in for a brew. The Herdy range also includes the usual homeware essentials including teatowels and oven gloves, and also reaches to clothing and outdoorswear.
Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur
Created by Pennington’s - the owner of Kendal’s Burgundy’s Wine Bar, Kendal Mint Cake liqueur is a popular Christmas gift among locals seeking new and interesting flavours, and their online store allows those from far and wide to enjoy it too. There are also 5cl wedding favours available for those getting hitched in the winter months!
A Lake District Ale
It’s been claimed that the Lake District has the highest concentration of small breweries in all of the UK and, with ales as good as those on offer at the likes of Hawkshead Brewery, the Watermill, Jennings and Keswick Brewing Company, it’s not hard to imagine why. Many Lakeland ales have found their way onto supermarket shelves across both the region and the country as a whole but it’s well worth the experience to come and visit the breweries yourself. If just buying the beer in feels too easy, treat your loved one to a trip out and let them sample the ale at it’s freshest point.
A Lake District Walker's Guide
For many of the Lake District’s millions of annual tourists, the biggest draw of visiting is the prospect of tackling a new route in the hills, fells and around the lakes themselves. Luckily there are plenty of maps and walking guides available for the keen rambler. If you’re feeling generous, you could throw in a National Trust annual pass too, allowing you and your partner to enjoy free parking and entry to a host of tourist hotspots and walking entry points.
A Carriage and a Cabin
Finally, if you’ve already got your next trip to the Lakes planned and you’re looking to fill a spare day, you could combine the tracks and the trawlers… Take steam power on land and lake with a combined ticket to ride from Haverthwaite railway to the edge of Windermere at Lakeside and your loved one - indeed the whole family - can enjoy a great day combining travel with history. Lakeside is also home to a great cafe and the Lakes Aquarium, meaning you could take a pit stop between journeys.