With hiking, cycling, sightseeing, and more, Lake Windermere is the perfect staycation spot

Mud-caked rubber boots and panting and panting, we climb the last few meters to the top of the craggy waterfall.

A friendly local had assured us that the steep climb to Brant Fell Viewpoint in the heart of the Lake District was worth the sweat – and he was right.

Lake Windermere has some of the most spectacular views you will see in the UK

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Lake Windermere has some of the most spectacular views you will see in the UKCredit: 4Corners Pictures
The open kitchen at Wild Boar Inn's Grill and Smoke-house serves locally sourced, seasonal produce

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The open kitchen at Wild Boar Inn’s Grill and Smoke-house serves locally sourced, seasonal producePhoto credit: wild boar hotel

We are treated to a magnificent view from the stands of Lake Windermere and the misty mountain peaks that surround it.

Our home away from home during our break was the Wild Boar Inn – one of two hotels in the Windermere area operated by English Lakes Hotels – and what a treat it is.

It’s a traditional country hotel in every way, from the roaring log fires to the low ceilings and winding corridors — but the highlight is undoubtedly its location.

Located in the beautiful Gilpin Valley, the 72 acres of private woodland right next door is a paradise for bird watchers and hikers – with long and short trails.

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The hotel is named after local legend Sir Richard de Gilpin, who is said to have bagged the last wild boar in the historic county of Westmorland – now part of Cumbria – more than 700 years ago.

Though these days, butchery is limited to the hotel’s acclaimed open grill and smoked kitchen, which serves seasonal, locally sourced produce.

I can vouch for the Cumbrian lamb while my husband raved about the homemade chicken pie.

Whether you enjoy walking, cycling or sightseeing or just want to enjoy a home cooked meal with a pint of fine ale or a glass of wine you will not be disappointed.

His dry and hoppy Mad Pig Ale, a product of the hotel’s microbrewery, was far too popular.

That and the bellies full of breakfast rolls made our trekking break all the more challenging – but we were rewarded with these views.

Windermere, England’s largest natural lake, is just ten minutes’ drive from the hotel – and a visit to pretty Bowness-upon-Windermere, just around the corner, is a must.

The cobbled streets there are lined with cafes, restaurants and cozy pubs, as well as quaint souvenir shops and small art galleries.

While you’re in town, be sure to visit Roly’s Fudge.

The traditional patisserie was founded in Devon but has found its way to the lochs – with a window full of boxes of homemade fudge in every imaginable flavour, from honeycomb and maple with cashew to Baileys pumpkin spice and chocolate orange.

We parked near the marina which is £7.50 for the whole day and much cheaper than parking further up the main road.

The city is also the place to explore the water.

SHOP FUDGE

From there you can catch a steamer – many of which run regularly north to Waterhead and Lakeside.

There are different routes and tickets to suit all budgets and allow you to hop on and off where you like.

Or there are motor boats for groups of up to ten people, as well as row boats, canoes, kayaks and paddle boards, all available for rent at various locations along the lake.

Back on solid ground, The World Of Beatrix Potter Attraction in central Bowness is a must for the kids.

It tells not only of the late author’s writing, but also of her importance to conservation in the Lake District.

However, if you’re more of a history buff, the award-winning Windermere Jetty Museum offers fabulous exhibitions and family-friendly activities and workshops dedicated to the boats and people of the lake through the years.

Our final evening featured a farewell dinner at Hyltons Restaurant, just off the museum, which served classic British fare, including a prime tomahawk steak for two.

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After stuffing ourselves, a cup of tea in the massive, free-standing, stainless-steel bathtub in our room at the Wild Boar was too tempting to pass up.

A very British end to a very British holiday.

GO: WINDERMERE

STAY THERE: A night’s B&B accommodation at the Wild Boar Hotel costs from £121 based on two adults sharing a twin or double room.

For more information visit englishlakes.co.uk/the-wild-boar or call 0330 4043 354.

Bowness-upon-Windermere's cobbled streets are lined with cafes, restaurants and cozy pubs, as well as quaint souvenir shops and small art galleries

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Bowness-upon-Windermere’s cobbled streets are lined with cafes, restaurants and cozy pubs, as well as quaint souvenir shops and small art galleriesPhoto credit: Shutterstock
After a long hike, the great reward is the beautiful view

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After a long hike, the great reward is the beautiful viewPhoto credit: Getty
Quench your thirst with a pint of fine ale at Wild Boar

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Quench your thirst with a pint of fine ale at Wild BoarPhoto credit: wild boar hotel
The World Of Beatrix Potter attraction in central Bowness is a must for children

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The World Of Beatrix Potter attraction in central Bowness is a must for childrenCredit: Alamy

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