Green Globetrotter: Rambling in Britain’s Lakeland

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Ashness Bridge, near Derwent Water

Northwest England’s Lake District retains its deep lakes, pastures, rugged fells and quaint villages in part thanks to author/illustrator Beatrix Potter, who bought and preserved farmland in the early 20th century. She bequeathed more than 4,000 acres to Britain’s National Trust–a cornerstone of the Lake District National Park. Potter’s conservationist spirit lives on in Cumbria’s culture: a love of the outdoors and a commitment to locally farmed foods. Visit here.

Rest and Relax

Moss Grove Organic Hotel in Grasmere is a charming Victorian inn with modern, green décor, including luxurious duck-down duvets and pillows, clay paints, reclaimed-timber furniture and sheep’s-wool insulation for energy efficiency. Its all-organic, Mediterranean-inspired breakfast with fair trade beverages is a healthy start to the day.

Cote How Organic Guest House and Tea Room in Rydal, Ambleside: Wind-energy B&B serves local, organic food.

Southwaite Green Eco-Cottages in Lorton, Cockermouth: Solar/geothermal weekly rentals with organic-cotton bedding.

Eat Locally

Cumberland sausage, Lakeland fish, Herdwick lamb and organic dairy and ice cream are just a few of the local
delicacies found on Lake District menus.

Jumble Room in Grasmere: Regional, organic specialties.

Quince and Medlar Restaurant in Cockermouth: Fine vegetarian dining and organic wines.

Village Bakery Restaurant in Melmerby, Penrith: Organic Cumbrian breakfast, lunch and teas.

Watermill Tearoom in Little Salkeld, Penrith: Organic vegetarian food and baked goods from fresh-ground mill flour.

Head Out

Hike, climb, bike or sail in the Cumbria region. (You can bus to the trailheads.) For details and routes, click here.

Tour Coniston Water’s sights on solar-powered Coniston passenger boats.

Help construct and repair the Lake District’s world-famous trails.