I’m lucky to live in some beautiful places in the world. Meg Waite Clayton, an American novelist, recently spent some time in the English Lake District and is chronicling her time for the Huffington Post. Her experiences of the Lake District prompts me to share things I love most about my unique corner of England.
- The landscape: Wordsworth did say it was “the loveliest spot that man hath found.” Incredible walks and spectacular vistas to be enjoyed by any age. You will also find largest National Park in England and the highest mountain in the country. And the prettiest village… my Grasmere.
- The people: Warm, welcoming and genuine. Mates as friends. Read Cumbria Life, our own top drawer monthly magazine to meet the people.
- Incredible food: The Lake villages have some of England’s top restaurants. My favorites are L’Enclume, Holbeck Ghyll and The Jumble Room. Storrs Hall and The Gilpin Lodge should be visited too. It’s also the birthplace of Sticky Toffee Pudding, Kendal Mint Cake and Grasmere Ginger Bread.
- Rich in history: 6,000 archaeological sites and thousands of listed buildings. The Lake District was not only the home and inspiration to the likes of Beatrix Potter and poet William Wordsworth, but it also features a 700-year-old pub – The Mason’s Arms… as well as my local the famous Swan at Grasmere a mere 400-year-old stripling
- The recharge it brings: Sanctuaries should be used for regarding not peace of mind. Invite your closest people to experience and be challenged and channelled. A 24/7 global company needs both nature and nurturing.