In the Lake District we stayed at the Lairbeck Hotel just outside downtown Keswick. Recommended (“2 star my ass – more like 5 stars!”). Roger the innkeeper is extremely knowledgeable about the area and batty in that Tom-Baker-as-Doctor-Who kind of way.
There’s a restaurant at the hotel but we headed into town anyway that first night.
Packets of England
At the hotel lounge (a staple of the Lake District walking experience) Roger recommended Catbells as a high-yield hike. We hinted that we wanted to see the local stone circle first thing in the morning.
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Not quite Stonehenge but at least you can still approach it, and it’s in a lovely setting among rolling hills. 5000 years old perhaps.
The Catbells hike was a good choice. Great views of the lake and town, and we even got some sun – the first of our trip. A fighter jet roared past below us as we descended. Score.
We still had most of the day in front of us after returning to town so we drove to the Drunken Duck for lunch. We needed some assistance along the way – it’s a tortuous route. But well worth it, even if the service is a little spotty.
Next time we’ll budget more time for the Lake District. Everybody should.