We’re very fortunate to live within driving distance of 3 of the most beautiful National Parks the UK has to offer and our favourite for a long weekend has always been the Lake District.

Now the UK might not be famed for its weather, and this is especially the case in the middle of winter, but Paul and I have always made a point of heading to the Lakes in the off season to take advantage of the quiet.

We think nothing of donning waterproofs and heading out on the fells on a blustery day with the promise of a roaring fire and a nice pint in the pub later on.

 

 

We always rent the tiny cottages that this area is famed for and over the years have gravitated towards the old copper mining village of Coniston.

Even in the height of summer it doesn’t receive as much traffic most of the other villages in the Lake District.

It’s a short drive from busy Ambleside and picture perfect Hawkshead, but provides a welcome retreat and stunning views of Coniston Water from almost every angle.

It has 4 pubs and great fell walking straight from your front door, it couldn’t be more perfect for what Paul and I enjoy.

 

Tarn Hows Autumn Lake District

Views of the Coniston Fells from Scenic Tarn Hows

 

As I’m writing this, I’m snuggled in our tiny living room with an open log fire, inside a 300-year-old cottage with walls that are 2ft thick and clad on the outside with beautiful Cumbrian slate.

We have a farmhouse kitchen with flagstone floors, a well-used mud room and views of the lake from our perch on a hill overlooking the village.

I can’t hear a single thing apart from the clicking of the keys as I type, it’s blissful.

Our plans for the weekend include hiking, reading, writing, watching movies and playing board games – that’s it and it sounds wonderful.

 

 

This land of rolling hills, chocolate box villages and huge expanses of stunning water is what a lot of people imagine when they think of the UK.

The area that gave us William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter almost looks like it hasn’t changed from those days in many parts, which is probably why it attracts so many visitors.

We actually have the talented Miss Potter to thank for the unspoilt beauty of this section of Cumbria.

As she made more and more money from her wonderful children’s books she gradually started buying up enormous farms to protect them from development.

 

Westie Tarn Hows Lake District

Hanging out with our favourite canine bestie on one of our many weekends in Coniston

 

On her death, she donated the whole lot to the National Trust and guaranteed it would be protected forever for everyone to enjoy.

Just a couple of miles from the village you can see this in action with the epic scenery of Tarn Hows, easily accessible for anyone that would like to see what the Lakes looks like from the top of one of the many fells and perfect for anyone travelling with a young family.

You can also visit Hill Top in nearby Near Sawry, the farmhouse that Beatrix Potter lived in for many years and where she imagined Peter Rabbit and friends would gallivant around the garden on their adventures.

 

 

For people that enjoying exploring as much as we do, it’s not that often that we’ll return to one location over and over again.

But Coniston for us is the place we use to recharge, relax and gear up for the next challenge.

It never fails to lift my spirits as soon as we cross the M6 at Kendal and catch our first glimpse of the fells that Alfred Wainwright loved so much.

The little village that has become our second home in the UK still retains the feeling of a working village, not easily achieved in a National Park, it’s beautiful without being twee and I couldn’t love it any more than I do.

 

Do you have anywhere that keeps drawing you back, no matter how many times you’ve visited?

 

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Coniston, Cumbria - Our favourite UK hideaway in the heart of the Lake District. Find out why we keep going back.

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