The District line | The Sun |Travel

The District line

How to explore the Lakes by train


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….

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