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A short scenic roadtrip in the Lake District

September 28, 2019

Given the opportunity of the August bank holiday, I decided to explore England’s countryside. I needed to escape the city life for a couple of days and pursue some beautiful landscapes to practice my photography. As a result, I planned a scenic roadtrip to the Lake District – a place that I have wanted to visit for a long time. As it is quite a long drive from Cardiff, I combined it with a trip to North Wales where I stopped midway.

I was not sure what to expect; however I must say, I encountered some of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen! The Lake District is full of lakes (as the name betrays), mountains, forests, waterfalls, castles, trains and more! Its natural beauty is just outstanding and it is a place that you should definitely visit. If you enjoy photography and videography, this place will be your heaven!

⚠️Video Alert ⚠️

Usually in my posts I write quite a lot about the places I visit. However, this time I made a video capturing my whole trip, which you can find at the end of the post. As a result, I will keep my writing as short as possible, only focusing on the main locations.

lake at pooley bridge
Lake at Pooley Bridge


There are countless accommodation options in the Lake District which vary from camping, glamping, and luxurious hotels. I picked the North Lakes Hotel and Spa in Penrith. It is a nice hotel close to all the places of interest. Though, the highlight of the the hotel for me was the FYR restaurant. It is an open fire grill where they cook amazing steaks and skewers! Yum! 🤤🥩

Steak at FYR Restaurant
Steak @FYR Restaurant

The route

I only had 2 days to explore the area and after researching the different scenic routes in the Lake District, I concluded to the following course:

  • King Arthur’s Round Table – It was nothing special and not at all what I had in mind. But the surrounding area was nice.
  • Brougham Castle – If you enjoy castles then you should definitely visit this one!
  • Kenswick – A beautiful park with a lake, ducks, boats, restaurants and a variety of activities.
  • Buttermere – Although the village itself is nothing special, the route is beautiful consisting of small roads with waterfalls, more lakes, and viewpoints.
  • Honister Pass – One of the most scenic ways I have ever encountered! It is a road in between mountains that lead to a very high view point. It is a MUST!
  • Borrowdale – Exactly like Buttermere, the village itself is nothing special, but the route is nice.
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle – On the way to Watermillock and near Kenswick, you will find Castlerigg Stone Circle. “Perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn .”
  • Watermillock – Is a another beautiful big lake/park/forest!
  • Pooley Bridge – A gorgeous lake where you can enjoy one of the most atmospheric sunsets!
  • Aira Force and Ullswater – Beautiful hike among waterfalls.
hanister pass
Hanister Pass
watermillock lake
At Watermillock
castlerigg stone circle
Me at the Castlerigg Stone Circle

My trip in a video

For the first time, I attempted to video my trip and this is the result. I really hope that you will enjoy it!

On the way back

On the way back from the Lake District, if you have time, you should visit the South Stack Lighthouse in Anglesey. It is at one of the most northwest points in Wales. It overlooks the Irish Sea and exactly straight ahead is Dublin! When I visite, were high winds that reached 35m/h, but the view was breathtaking.

South Stack Lighthouse in Anglesey.
South Stack Lighthouse

The end

I hope that you enjoyed my post and my video. I hope that it made you consider visiting the Lake District yourself. This place has now become one of my favourite places in England and I will definitely be going back! I just wish I had more time to explore more places..

P.S. I also discovered Herdy shop, originating from the Lake District, from which I bought a really nice, minimalistic, durable, and surprisingly light mug. If you have a mug obsession like me, make sure to check them out! 🐑

Until next time…


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