Travel Inspiration By A Pro Trip Designer

JULY 23rd
Self Portrait over Lake Windermere
Self Portrait over Lake Windermere

Here I am, taking an awkward self-portrait on a solo walk I did in the Lake District around Lake Winderemere. It was absurdly picturesque and the only thing lacking was some company, then again the sheep and cows did kindly step off the path when I approached. When visiting the Lake District, walking is a must. After all its practically England’s national sport.  There are many walks to choose from so it all depends on where you’re staying. I did the one from right outside the gates of the Holbeck Ghyll Country House to Ambleside. It started with a nice ascent and then petered out along the ridge. Nonetheless, I managed to work up a nice sweat (no doubt full of cream teas).

The stone path along the ridge overlooking Lake Windermere
The stone path along the ridge overlooking Lake Windermere

Also be sure to drive through the Kirkstone Pass from Winderemere to Kirkstone whose top height reaches 1,489 feet. The scenery is incredibly dramatic and again, littered with sheep. Wordsworth wrote the following about it:

Most potent when mists veil the sky,
Mists that distort and magnify;
While the coarse rushes, to the sweeping breeze,
Sigh forth their ancient melodies!
William Wordsworth (Kirkstone Pass)

The crazy views of the Kiksomething Pass
The poetic views from the Kirkstone Pass
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Meg is the founder of luxury travel consulting company, Friend of a Friend Consulting. Her three books, Italian Hideaways, Caribbean Hideaways and England's Hideaways are published by Rizzoli. Passionate about travel, hotels and wine, she continues to write freelance travel pieces and is currently pursuing a Masters in Wine through the WSET.

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