Whilst Grasmere was beautiful – and on an ordinary day, I would happily have waited two hours for the gingerbread shop to open – we decided to make the most of the sunny weather (and our limited time) and hike back to Ambleside. After all, what’s a trip to the Lakes without going on at least one walk? Fortunately, the Lake District offers walks for people of every age, ability and interest – and it was easy to find one to suit our needs. If you missed my two previous posts about our weekend in the Lake District, you can find them here and here.
Whilst the Lake District is known primarily for its stunning natural landscapes and incredible vistas, it also has a rich cultural heritage – and a jaunt to Grasmere combines the two perfectly! If you missed my previous post about our first day in the Lakes, you can find it here.
Nestled between two extinct volcanoes lies the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh, a city exuding cultural charm and brimming with bagpipes. Its Old Town runs the length of the Royal Mile, from Edinburgh Castle in the west to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the east, and spans a vast network of closes (=narrow streets) which run perpendicular to the Royal Mile. On the other side of Waverley Station lies the New Town, filled with shops, restaurants and parks.
Many people who visit the UK visit London – and that alone. Almost 200 miles north of London – or a speedy 2.5 hour train journey away – lies Leeds, the UK’s third biggest city. The city centre is jam-packed with eateries, cultural havens and ornate shopping arcades, whilst its proximity to several national parks makes it an ideal base for anyone seeking to explore the UK’s beautiful countryside.
The city centre of Leeds is remarkably compact, meaning it’s easy to explore on foot – and thanks to the reliable signposts, you’re unlikely to get lost! Often described as the capital of the north, the thriving student city of Leeds has a lot to offer to the discerning tourist, by day and by night. Here’s the low-down on my university city . . .