#Bootique Towns - discover 'hidden gems' throughout the Lake District.
You could argue the entire Lake District is a 'gem' but many visitors seem to walk the same trial and miss the real 'hidden gems' in the national park. The Lake District has endless honeypot towns and villages to explore; get to know the village William Wordsworth or Beatrix Potter called home, discover delicious delicacies such as Grasmere Gingerbread and Hawkshead Relish. We've put together our top tips on the #Bootique towns you need to visit.
Ambleside has been home to the Romans, Vikings and more recently Charles Dickens; today this town is home to friendly locals who have a variety of #bootique shops for you to explore. The town is a haven for walkers with easy access to the Langdales, Fairfield Horseshoe and Wansfell. The town is a good base to discover the area; with quality restaurants, #bootique shops, transport links and excellent accommodation.
Once called "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found" by William Wordsworth, the famous poet who made Grasmere his home for 14 years. Grasmere is a true gem; the winding streets and slate faced shops makes this village untouched aesthetically by tourists. The town still buzzes with visitors who tend to swarm to the world-renowned 'Grasmere Gingerbread' shop but they often miss the delight of the other local shops and the beautiful walk around Grasmere water.
Monks made this ancient hamlet their home until monasteries were dissolved in 1537, since then the little town has grown into a market town. With a large car park on the outskirts, the town itself is largely car-free with little cobbled alleys, quirky homes, homely tea rooms and independent shops hidden away. Also home to 'Hawkshead Relish', you'll be welcomed into their shop to try the award winning preserves. Hawkshead is a truly beautiful place to explore for half a day.
Coniston bursts with history and interest points. The town attracts many walkers as 'The Old Man of Coniston' towers over the area, the walk offers stunning views over Coniston water and out to sea. John Ruskin, a Victorian-age poet, artist, critic, social revolutionary and conservationist made Coniston his home in 1872, you can visit Brantwood house if you're an art fan. Beatrix Potter was also known to own an estate in the area which included Tarn Hows - an easy, accessible and stunning walk. Finally, Coniston water is known as the location Donald Campbell broke the water speed record in 1955, a replica of his 'Bluebird' can be seen at Holker Hall in Grange.
Keswick sits at the top of the picturesque Derwent water with the magnificent Skiddaw raising from the back of the town. Keswick is larger than the towns mentioned above but it's still not to be missed. Another market town, Keswick is filled with outdoor clothing shops, museums and plenty of outdoor activity providers. You can easily spend a day exploring the shops and cafes or Derwent water by boat.
Book your Lake District Break
Book your #Bootique break in the beautiful Lake District and discover these stunning 'hidden gems' for yourself. Waterhead makes a great base to discover all the towns above, easily accessible by car and with the main bus route through the national park on the doorstep. Waterhead Hotel offers luxury accommodation, exquisite food and a welcoming team to help you make the most of your time in the Lake District.