When we hear phrases “the most romantic city in the world” and “the city of love,” we seem to automatically jump to Paris. After visiting, it’s not exactly what I’d call it. I’m not saying it isn’t worth a trip, because seeing the Eiffel Tower dazzling at night is pretty darn cool. But I must have missed all the romance between the cigarette smoke and glares as I attempted to speak French to a waitress.
If you’re looking for a unique romantic destination or just a pleasant place you can get lost in the beauty of, the Lake District in North West England might just be for you. The area is famous for its lakes, mountains and forests, including the highest mountain and longest, deepest lakes of England. There’s countless trails to hike in this area, day or overnight trips, winding through the exquisiteness of this area’s scenery.
Last May, I discovered how charming it was with my boyfriend, who had been numerous times with his family. We stayed at a bed and breakfast in the quaint town of Ambleside. Once we arrived, we strolled the quite streets, passing couple after couple in outdoor gear, hand-in-hand laughing and grinning from cheek to cheek. I had never seen so many happy people in my life, or they seemed it at least.
The town center is filled with outdoors shops, hotels, restaurants and pubs. People hike and enjoy the trails during the day and come back for a warm dinner and laid-back night. We indulged in a lovely afternoon tea at Stiles of Ambleside, one of my favorite dining experiences in my short time in England. It’s easy to unwind and get away from it all. If I ever write a book, this is where I’d escape to work on it.
I recently read A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, and he mentions the Lake District and how different it is to the Appalachian Trail: “It came as a small shock to me to realize that this wasn’t going to be even remotely like an amble through the English Cotswolds or Lake District, where you head off for the day with a haversack containing a packed lunch and a hiking map and at a day’s end retire from the hill to a convivial inn for a hot bath, a hearty meal, and a soft bed” (pg. 8). Bryson describes our holiday in Ambleside to a T.
And one trip won’t be enough to get your fill. Luckily, Ambleside isn’t too expensive of a destination. Accommodations and food will be your main expenses.