As a treat for my 29th birthday (and to make up for our lack of holiday last year due to numerous weddings!) we spent the first weekend of February in Grasmere.
It’s a beautiful little village that has all the charm you’d expect from the Lake District without being as in-you-face-touristy as Windermere and Bowness are.
Grasmere itself is only 50 minutes from us so we headed up on the Friday evening after work. Our hotel was lovely, with a view from our room out over the River Rothay which was filled with ducks each morning!
We spent Saturday scaling my first ever mountain. Some of the ascent was seriously tough, with me having to scramble up on my hands and knees at points. It definitely wasn’t glamorous. There were points when I ached and wasn’t enjoying myself but I persevered as I know how much Jonny loves being outdoors. The view from the summit was reward enough in itself though, as was the sense of achievement that I’d made it and not died! (I’m not the fittest of individuals!)
Once we’d wound our way back down and into Grasmere we spent a more sedate afternoon enjoying giant hot chocolates and pottering around the lovely independent shops. The book shop is my favourite (I got a gorgeous copy of Little Women from here as my Valentine’s gift!)
After an incredible meal at Sara’s Bistro on Saturday night (a restaurant we stumbled across in New Year 2013) we spent a relaxed Sunday taking in some culture. We purchased Grasmere gingerbread and had a tour around Dove Cottage (one of Wordsworth’s Lake District homes.) The guide was fab and sparked my interest back into poetry. I’ll be searching out some Wordsworth next time I’m in a book shop.
It was a well earned break from work and general life hectic-ness and I would definitely recommend Grasmere as a weekend away destination. Where should we plan our next weekend away to?