For a very quick trip to the Lake District, I stayed in Windermere, where the train line ends. As soon as I arrived, I headed for Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter. It was incredible to see where she drew inspiration for her illustrations. Certain drawings were displayed alongside details in her home, Samuel Whiskers at the top of the stairs with a distinct window in the background, the dolls’ house from Two Bad Mice.
I used to watch Peter Rabbit stories on VHS, and each one began with a scene of Beatrix writing illustrated letters to children in her front room. As I stepped into her front room, I fondly remembered how wonderfully cosy watching that series made me feel. The house and gardens were ever so charming, particularly in the sunshine.
The next day, I took a tour to see more of the area. The tour included 10 lakes, some we drove past, others we stopped for photos. We stopped in Grasmere, home to Grasmere gingerbread and William Wordsworth’s grave. The smell from the gingerbread shop was so warm and sweet and the queue of tourists was right out the door! My favourite parts of the tour was the boat cruise on Ullswater and the Castlerigg Stone Circle. At Castlerigg, I collected sheep’s wool to felt into a ball as a souvenir.