Through the Viewfinder
And What Alice Found There
To me, Grasmere is the heart of the Lake District and not just because of its geographical location. It's your typical lakeland village bringing together all the elements of the National Park in one place - a friendly local community, homemade delicacies, impressive mountains peaks, quiet country roads, and of course the lake that shares the name Grasmere. Whenever I visit this beautiful corner of the Earth I feel really lucky to live so close by and it's somewhere that I'd love to spend more time. For such a small village there's loads to do, so here's my top tips for having a grand day out in Grasmere...
Now that the weather is getting (slightly) warmer and evenings are getting longer, it’s the perfect time to start getting out after work for an evening hike. After a long day at the office (or wherever it is you work!) there’s really nothing better than letting off some steam and taking in the gorgeous Lake District views while watching the sun set. And with sunset time getting later by the day there’s even more chance of you being able to catch the golden hour if you happen to be late out of work!
There’s so many good hikes in Cumbria that it’s hard to choose my favourites but I’ve selected what I believe to be 5 of the best walks to do when you’ve only got a few hours free in the evening. Nothing too strenuous + amazing views = excellent post-work walking!
After a busy March trying to settle in to my new job, Easter Bank Holiday weekend couldn’t come soon enough! I needed to get away from desks, computers and all things digital to clear my head, and what better place to do that than Wasdale!
The Lake District is an amazing place and it’s great to get tourists here and see so many people enjoying this lovely corner of the world, but sometimes the crowds just get too much, especially over bank holidays. It’s times like these that everyone needs a little secret haven to escape to – one that you know will be quiet no matter what time of year it is. So for this reason I turned to Wasdale. It’s a beautiful valley in the west of Cumbria, home to England’s tallest mountain and deepest lake, with so many lovely places to explore that you could stay here for weeks and still not run out of things to do! With only one dead-end road running along the lake shore leading to the small community of Wasdale Head, surrounded by huge mountains, thick woodland, and more sheep than human beings, it’s somewhere that’s managed to escape too much modernisation and has a really nice rural feel to it. It’s true that people flock here to climb Scafell Pike but despite that, the valley remains relatively quiet in comparison to other hotspots such as Windermere or Keswick, which are always packed out during the holiday season!
So instead of a relaxing Easter weekend at home with my feet up, Greg and I did the total opposite! We took the chance to have four days of exploring wonderful Wasdale, got back into the swing of hiking again after a short break, and ticked off some top things on our ‘to do’ list. Here’s our suggestions on how to make the most of your stay in Wasdale…