We are well into the thick of spring here in the Lake District. It may not have started off in the best way (we’re looking at you, Beast from the East!) but the beautiful sunshine has decided to pop its head around the clouds. And what better way to celebrate springtime in the Lakes then with the sight of beautiful blooming flowers. So, with that in mind here are some places that perfectly show off natures best bits:
Situated in Rydal, Dora's field acts as a memorial to William Wordsworth’s daughter, Dora. When she passed away, William, his wife and their gardener planted beautiful daffodils between Rydal Mount and the main road. These flowers have been maintained by the National Trust ever since, giving people a magnificent yellow lined path with breaks of blue where the bluebells sit.
Often referred to as ‘The Secret Valley’, Rannerdale is situated between Buttermere and Crummock Water. This National Trust owned area is said to be the place of battle between native Cumbrians and Norseman. The bluebells, which cover the ground in a sea of blue, grew out of the blood of killed Norseman. These small indigo delights pop up every spring to be enjoyed by visitors to the area.
Lowther Castle and Gardens
Great for the family, Lowther Castle had been abandoned for decades before it was reopened to the public in 2011. This elegant building was once the home to the Earl of Lonsdale and is surrounded by stunning gardens, perfect for a spring stroll. The facilities include a cafe in the woods to allow visitors to enjoy the entirety of the Castle.