Last month, Matt and I spent two nights in the Lake District staying at the Quiet Site in one of their hobbit holes. Yes you heard me correctly, a hobbit hole and it was pretty damn cool so I thought I would share with you what we got up too!
Where we stayed…
The Quiet Site is located in Ullswater with beautiful views of the valley and as the name suggests is a really tranquil and relaxing area. It was definitely a welcome change of pace compared to our inter-railing adventure the previous month and was exactly what we needed to recharge.
There are several options for accommodation on the site – you can take your own tent and rent a pitch, drive and stay in your own caravan or motorhome, sleep in a camping pod or tipi and hobbit holes so there really is something for everyone, whether you’re into camping or not. The hobbit hole definitely felt luxurious as we had our own sink and toilet, makeshift bed (something other than the floor) and of course electric. We also had a BBQ stand outside so we bought two disposable BBQ’s and enjoyed a BBQ on both nights with a pretty spectacular view.
The site itself has everything you need – showers, a kitchen area with a fridge, toaster and kettle, place to wash your pots and pans and most importantly a bar. The staff were really welcoming and helpful and the site itself was incredibly clean especially the facilities so if you are wanting a camping or glamping adventure in the Lake District, I would definitely recommend this place!
What we got up too…
On the way to the Lakes we had a coffee stop in Skipton, a traditional Yorkshire market town and visited Steep and Filter for a coffee and slice of cake. ( I was clearly too excited for cake because I forgot to take a photo) It was a beautiful sunny day so we went for a little wonder down the river and explored the streets and market stalls.
After checking in we went for a drive – mainly to drive to a cash machine so we could buy drinks in the bar for the football but ALSO to get a closer look at that view below.
We got up early Thursday morning to drive to Go Ape at Grizedale . There is one nearer to the Quiet Site but we had heard better things about Grizedale so decided to take a longer drive. I have to admit, I wasn’t really looking forward to it as I’m basically a huge wimp at most things and as we did the tester zipwire in the training site I was like ‘Hmm I feel like we’ve made a mistake’ but OH MY GOD – I ended up having THE best time and absolutely loved it! AND we got a certificate each at the end of it so you know, totally worth it.
I found an offer on Groupon for a discounted tour of the Lakes Distillery but we had a few hours to kill before we were due after Go Ape so decided to go for a walk and stop off at both Ambleside and Keswick for a wonder around, although it was pretty miserable weather so I didn’t end up taking any photos! I did however get a photo of surprise view over Derwent water which despite the rain and cloud was still beautiful.
The Lakes Distillery
We enjoyed a tour and tasting session at the Lakes Distillery where I got to take advantage of not driving and sample Matt’s portions for him. They are predominantly a whisky distillery but as they have only been open a few years the whisky isn’t ready so they also make gin and vodka so we got a bottle of each to take home! I wouldn’t say the tour is worth paying full price so try see if they are doing any offers.
Before we drove back to Bolton as we had tickets for The Killers on Friday night we spent the morning exploring Aira Force a National Trust woodland and walked up to the top of the waterfall. There were only a handful of people there and it was well worth walking to the top for the views.
I hope that’s provided you with some inspiration as to where to visit and what to do if you visit the Lake District! Any questions give me a tweet or post in the comments below 🙂