REVIEW: ‘Alternative’ Afternoon Tea at The Wild Boar

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when my friend approached me with the idea of an ‘alternative’ afternoon tea. Hopefully not too off-the-wall that the all-important Scone with Clotted Cream had been taken off the menu! Rest assured, it is still there. I think I’m making a habit of going out for tasty afternoon teas on Sunday now, and long may it continue if they are all of the same standard as The Wild Boar.

Sizergh Castle

Follow the winding driveway all the way to the end and you’ll reach Sizergh Castle. Well, you’ll reach the National Trust gift shop first, and then the castle, but you know what I mean! Despite being owned by the National Trust, Sizergh is still the home of the Strickland family, and they still pop back on occasion I’m told. It hasn’t always been in the hands of the Stricklands though. Sizergh Castle began life with the Deincourt family and remained that way until 1239 when Sir William de Strickland married Elizabeth Deincourt. And that, they say, was that.

Pooley Bridge to Patterdale

Dad and I have been out and about again on one of our walks. Starting at the northern tip of Ullswater in Pooley Bridge, we walked 16km (10 miles) down the eastern edge of the lake to Patterdale, following the Ullswater Way.

Grasmere & Rydal

Grasmere and Rydal are two Lake District hotspots with deep ties to one of England’s most well-known poets, William Wordsworth. His most well-known residence, Dove Cottage, was the starting point for this walk. Well, nearly. We started from a car park over the road from Dove Cottage, but it’s near enough.

Borrowdale

The second installment in my series of Lake District walks takes place in the Borrowdale Valley, an area ever so slightly touched upon in my previous post. This walk was a little bit shorter, finishing up as a nice round 10 kilometres, but it was a touch more tricky underfoot to begin with. As with the last route, I shall add the map of this walk to the end of this post.

The Derwentwater Way

As part of a new series of blogs, my Dad and I are heading out on a variety of walks in the Lake District, finding spectacular, interesting, or quirky things along the way. The first of our walks took us around the Derwentwater Way, a ten mile route encircling the lake. I’ve added a rudimentary map of the route we took to the end of this post, but the Keswick visitor website has another downloadable, easy-to-follow map, which can be found here. The walk is a very popular, fairly easy and flat walk in the Lake District, and is generally well sign-posted.

Return to the Lakes

During my Easter holidays, I managed to get back to my home town and out into the Lake District, one of the most beautiful national parks in the country (I’m not biased…) to take a few photos. A lot of them were not taken with my camera, but with my iPhone SE. The camera on my phone isn’t as great as my Canon, but it does a job, so please forgive the reduced quality of the following pictures.