This year for my birthday, the only thing I wanted was to go on a long weekend to the Lake District. I had read last year that it’s the best place to go to see the Autumn leaves and I never forgot about it. I told D no presents, we can get a cheap hotel or Airbnb, I don’t need anything fancy, I just want to go and see it. We could even get train tickets so he didn’t have to drive.
However, he spoiled me rotten and booked us two nights in an incredibly beautiful hotel on the biggest lake in the district, Windermere.
It was actually the first building in Windermere to get electricity installed. How fancy is that?? Although, I think it’s probably the last building to get proper water because they had separate taps for hot and cold and the shower was 5 seconds of scalding hot and then 5 seconds of freezing cold and let’s just say, it was not so fun standing in there.
My actual birthday was the Thursday before we left. Unfortunately, I had to go to work that day, but D still made it very special. I woke up to an arrangement of presents on the kitchen counter. He got me a bunch of little things like a Paddington Bear, a mug, Harry Potter related decor, some slippers and bath products, a big box of American candy, and Cheez its, my favourite American snack. And then he treated me to a Starbucks coffee and a ham and cheese toastie (they’re very good) for breakfast.
After work, we went to Next as he wanted to get a jacket that could withstand rain. I found a coat that I fell in love with and was wearing it around the store because I knew I couldn’t afford it but still wanted to enjoy the beautifulness. And D bought it for me as another surprise gift. I’m telling ya, he spoiled me like crazy.
We got a scrumptious Indian takeaway for dinner and then snuggled on the couch and watched the incredibly heartwarming Paddington movies.
I hate that I had to go to work on my birthday but D made it special in every way possible every chance he got. He even bought me my own little chocolate cake and brought it out to me with a giant sparkler in it like they do at restaurants. I don’t know what I did to deserve such a guy! 😀
On Friday, we got up early and started the drive to the Lake District. When we got to the hotel, the man who checked us in gave us a quick tour which had the coolest entrance with a big staircase.
We then went out to the Windermere town center and went to The Crafty Baa which has won awards for being the best pub in the UK, which we quickly found out why. Not only is it pet friendly, but they had an enormous selection of Craft Beers and Wines. D was in heaven and said he had one of the best beers of his life. I got a bottle of wine and it went down very smoothly. We started to get hungry and ordered one of the Camembert options. Oh my goodness gracious, it was delightful. Probably the best Camembert we have ever had, and the bread they served with it was top notch.
When we woke up the next morning, it was a bit of a struggle due to a slight hangover and the rough shower I mentioned above. We eventually made our way down to breakfast and made a plan for the day.
We decided to go to Buttermere, which is one of the most famous lakes in the District. We set off but kept having to pull over because the scenery was so beautiful we couldn’t help ourselves from stopping to take photos.
Eventually, we realised that we needed to get on our way as we would lose the daylight early with it being so cloudy already.
As we got closer to Buttermere, the road got more narrow and the mountains grew taller and we found ourselves driving on the scariest road of our lives. I’m not even kidding. If you swerved a little to the right, you could have easily driven off the road and down the valley to your death. I will forever thank D for keeping his shit together and navigating that road so well. Once we parked the car, we both ran into the nearest pub to have a drink and calm down a bit.
We eventually found the lake but it was a rainy and windy day so we didn’t get to experience the glassy look it supposedly has when calm.
Right next to the lake is the tallest waterfall, called Scale Force, in the Lake District. D wanted to get closer to it but unfortunately it would have taken an hour’s walk to get there as the direct bridge there had broken. We got some pictures from far away and then decided to make our way back because neither of us wanted to do that scary drive in the dark.
We drove into the Windermere town center and ate at a restaurant called the Pig. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw the meal I had there. It was really good but filled me up so quickly, I only managed to eat half of it. Also look at the giant chips they served me. I’m pretty sure there were at least 2 full potatoes in that cup.
We went back to the hotel to warm up and relax for a bit with the intention of going back out for drinks. After a while, we both decided to just stay in and watch movies. We were knackered from the day’s excitement and kinda just wanted to snuggle up inside.
On Sunday morning, we had another nice breakfast in the hotel, packed our bags, and left to get back to London.
It was a quick trip, as it takes so long to drive there, but my goodness it was stunning. Last year I felt that I didn’t get my fix of the autumn foliage with us living in East London. But I can honestly tell you after being in the Lake District, I got this year’s fix and then some.
The pictures just can’t do it justice. You really will have to go there and experience it for yourself. It was the best birthday ever, spent with my fiance in an extremely romantic place. Turning 27 wasn’t half bad at all.
If you want to see more pictures of our time in the Lake District, make sure you’re following me on Facebook. I’ve put all our photos into an album here.
Have you been to the Lake District? If so, comment below where you’ve been and what your favourite place is! Would love recommendations for next time!