For me, Spring time is by far the nicest time of year to visit the Lake District. Any time of year is good but I just love to see the little lambs frolicking around in the fields and the sea of daffodils that would make Wordsworth proud.
The weather is not always great but there is something very spiritual about the place for me. As soon as I come off the M6 motorway and look up at the landscape, it never fails to take my breath away, even though I have seen the view many times before. I often stay at the Windermere Hydro which although in lots of ways was a very average hotel, the views and the foo took it to another level. However, it recently changed ownership and the food did disappoint when I was last there. There are some other lovely boutique hotels such as the Cranleigh or other hotels with more olde world charm such as Linthwaite House hotel, The Ryebeck and Storrs Hall in Bowness.
Although Bowness and Windermere get really busy at peak times, I still enjoy mooching round the shops. I particularly enjoy going for a drive to neighbouring places such as Ambleside and Hawkshead. I love all the quaint little craft shops. A couple of options if you’re not one for hiking is a lake cruise or a visit to the World of Beatrix Potter. I particularly also enjoyed a visit to the steam railway at Haverthwaite where the staff in the cafe there made us feel very welcome.
I would love to go back there some time and take my board and easel and do some painting to try toreally capture the views and the peaceful nature of the area.