The Pooley Bridge, Ullswater
The Pooley Bridge is located at the end of Ullswater, not far from Lake District market town, Penrith and easily accessible from the M6. Perfect for unwinding amongst fells, lakes and countryside this stylish country inn promises beautiful interiors and home cooked food. If fell walking is your thing, you’re not far from the England’s second highest peak, Helvellyn. For a slightly less demanding walk you’ll find the Aira Force waterfalls well worth a visit. There is plenty to do for those planning to escape to the country without a pair of hiking boots, climb aboard a steamer at the head of Ullswater sail the water to take in the magnificent views or head into Penrith to explore its 14th century castle.
The Queens Head, Hawkshead
Whether you want to drink, dine or unwind, you will find the Queen’s Head Inn and Restaurant in Hawkshead a perfect base for exploring the surrounding Lakes. Nestled in between Coniston Water, Lake Windermere and Esthwaite Water its local scenery is spectacular. Explore some of the area’s natural beauty by foot, where you’ll find the famous Tarn Hows close by, a gentle walk suitable for wheels as well as feet. If you love a waterfall, starting your walk at Tom Gill and climbing up the woods alongside the water will be sure to impress. The Queen’s Head is located by other attractions such as Wray Castle, or test your nerves with a range of adventures in Grizedale forest. You can expect a traditional pub feeling with low ceilings, dark wood and quirky decorations with lots of cosy corners to wind down in. The character and charm of the building reflects its history, dating back to the 17th century. The inn boasts a menu to suit all whilst still serving the humble pub dishes we all know and love.
The Boot Inn, Eskdale
Nestled in the Western Lakes you’ll find the glacial valley of Eskdale. If rural is what you’re seeking, this is the location for you. The Boot Inn is situated close to Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain sitting at XX above sea level. For those who love waterfalls Stanley Ghyll Force is within walking reach too. Some of the Lake District’s most quirky attractions are on your doorstep too. The La’al Ratty as its known in Cumbria (Ravenglass and Eskdale railway) is an iconic open-air steam railway line which runs from Ravenglass to Dalegarth and back. Or for those who love a challenging drive – Hard Knott and Wrynose pass is one of the best in the Lakes. After a day of adventure in Cumbria, head back to The Boot Inn for true home comfort food and perfectly kept drinks before getting your head down in one of their seven guest bedrooms over-looking Eskdale Valley. Rates start at £100 per night including full breakfast. Dogs are welcome with a small surcharge.
Red Dragon, Kirkby Lonsdale
Kirkby Lonsdale is a quaint market town in Cumbria, sitting on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales national park. The Red Dragon offers home cooked food, beautifully decorated guest bedrooms and a great selection of cask ales, wines and spirits. This old coaching house sits amongst a small high street of boutique shops, artisan shops and eateries. For a weekend of countryside indulgence Kirkby Lonsdale is the place to stay. From the door you’ve got walks and a large park by the riverside at ‘Devil’s Bridge’ to relax by.