The District line
How to explore the Lakes by train
By RICHARD MORIARTY
Published: 14th January 2013
FOUR precious days in the Lake District promised time to explore the area by steam train, conquer mountains, enjoy the country air and burn some calories. But a combination of fantastic food and our baby Barney in tow meant we came home with a few more pounds than we’d bargained for.
It all started well enough when we headed north and hit Cockermouth, a pretty Georgian town crammed with restaurants, arty shops and old-fashioned pubs. We worked up a thirst on a tour of the Wordsworth museum in the poet’s childhood home on Main Street, and headed straight to one of the area’s most popular attractions — the Jennings Brewery.
They poured their first pint in 1828 and visitors are encouraged to sample the goods in the Old Cooperage, with the 4.6 per cent Cocker Hoop proving a favourite. We then went to the brewery’s birthplace, the village of Low Lorton where we were staying at the five-star country house Winder Hall. After a restful night in a four-poster bed, we awoke to what can only be described as a sausage sensation.
Star attraction of the hearty breakfast was a Cumberland sausage made from a hand-reared porker, with nothing more than a pinch of salt and pepper to season it. It was the perfect start for our walk along the banks of stunning Buttermere Lake, a 15-minute drive away….