How To Spend 72 Hours In The Lake District

I’ve just gotten back from the lakes and my oh my it was beautiful. A much needed chilled break with lots of food of course.

It’s pouring it down right this moment, I’m sitting in the conservatory typing away and it’s so relaxing. Don’t you just love the rain.

Any who, I wanted to share a mini guide with you – how to spend 72 hours in the Lake District. Where to stay, where to eat and drink and things to do! So without further a do… let’s begin.

Where to stay

We stayed at the gorgeous Hare & Hounds pub in Levens, a cute little pub with gorgeous interiors. The bathroom was goals – I love the pale blue wood work mixed with the white and grey. Very chic.

It was around £110-120 a night which I think is really affordable for the lakes and location.

Where to eat

We had breakfast (complimentary with the room) and dinner at the Hare & Hounds. It was SO lovely, I had a full english which was amazing and then for dinner I had courgette fritters to start then fish and chips for dinner.

Another great pub for a hearty meal is The Wheatsheaf, I had the beef brisket and it was incredible. It’s a short drive away from Levens. Also, the service wasn’t that great but the food was too delicious to complain.

For lunch you have to check out Levens Kitchen in Levens Hall. A five minute drive away from the Hare & Hounds pub. We booked online for a picnic lunch which came with three sandwiches, three cakes and a drink for just £10, plus you get to wander around the gardens too.

I also ordered an extra slice of cake cause I’m a chub. It was banana, peanuts and chocolate cake, mhmm, so delicious.

Where to go for tea and coffee

We drove into Kendal, which is about a ten minute drive from Levens. And stopped off at two tea and coffee shops.

The first one we went to was Brew Brothers, I had a peppermint tea and Joe had a latte. It was lovely. Also the interiors were pretty cool too. There was hand sanitiser at the table and you had to fill in a track and trace card due to Covid.

The second coffee shop we went to was Farrer’s. I again had a peppermint tea (loving peppermint at the moment) and Joe had a cappuccino. I also had cream tea which was delightful.

Where to go for drinks

We drove to Bowness-on-Windermere and popped our heads in to Boaters Bar which is situated along the lake.

I had a lovely G&T, while my other half had a refreshing beer.

The setting was really nice and I loved the decor.

Back in Levens, we had drinks at the Hare & Hounds. I had a gorgeous fruity cider and Joe had a beer.

Things to do

Visit Bowness-on-Windermere to see one of the beautiful lakes in the Lake District.

Go for a walk around Levens. Just left of the Hare & Hounds is a path you can follow and takes you past a field. We did an hour and a half walk and it was simply beautiful to see the views of the hills.

Check out Levens Hall – it’s a MUST. If you stay in Levens you have to go see the beautiful gardens and house.

Have you been to the lakes before? Or are you planning a trip there? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Kali
    September 5, 2020 / 7:07 am

    I stumbled across your blog today looking for MAC lipstick swatches and this post came just in time! I’m Australian but was in the UK right before COVID hit. The Lakes was the last place I went. Seeing your photos brings back so many memories of when international holidays were a thing. I’ll keep this post handy for when I go back one day!

    • zoey
      September 5, 2020 / 12:36 pm

      Hi Kali, a lot of people find my blog through my mac swatches lol, seems like a popular post! The lakes is beautiful isn’t it. I’m dying to go back as well. There’s so much to see and do in the UK :). I highly recommend going to the cotswolds if you visit the UK again. x

  2. Emily
    September 5, 2020 / 3:01 pm

    I loved this post Zoey! I literally told my partner last week I wanted to visit the Lake District as we’ve never been together so I’ll definitely be bookmarking this post as you visited loads of great places.

    I’ve also just spent half an hour on your blog really enjoying your content, looking forward to reading more!

    Musings & More

    • zoey
      September 6, 2020 / 11:29 am

      Thank you so much! The lakes is so beautiful, I highly recommend a weekend away there or a couple of days. Aww thank you :). x

    • zoey
      September 6, 2020 / 11:30 am

      Thank you! Food was delicious x

    • zoey
      September 6, 2020 / 7:34 pm

      It’s so lovely isn’t it! x

    • zoey
      September 7, 2020 / 8:51 am

      Indeed 🙂 x

    • zoey
      September 7, 2020 / 8:52 am

      The lakes is lovely isn’t it?! x

    • zoey
      September 7, 2020 / 10:54 am

      Thank you! x

  3. Jillian
    April 1, 2023 / 3:20 am

    I’ll be visiting the Lakes area for a few days in July this year, coming from Australia. Can’t wait and then onto London. Wonderful. Thanks for your post.

    • zoey
      April 1, 2023 / 7:21 am

      Amazing, you’ll have a fantastic time there and in London. Cotswolds is also beautiful if you get the chance to go. xx

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