Exploring the English Lake District

The English Lake District has a very special place in my heart. A national park in the northwest of England, the Lake District is known for its stunning glacial ribbon lakes and rugged fells (the namesake of our Lakes & Fells collection). Growing up in England, I visited the area with my family numerous times. And now, as an expat, I endeavor to return whenever I visit home. 

Dotted with picturesque towns, beautiful bodies of water and majestic mountains, you can’t go wrong. And if you’re ever lucky enough to visit, I thought I’d share my two cents (or two pence) worth:

  • Don’t venture out without your cagoule! The British term for a weatherproof raincoat, your cagoule will keep you dry in all that Cumbrian rain. It rains in the Lakes – a lot – but don’t worry; it only adds to the charm and drama of the natural landscape.

  • Have your camera at the ready. Dramatic skies and breathtaking vistas are guaranteed no matter what the weather brings.

  • Hike in the hills amongst the purple heathers and stone walls.

  • Feel the cool water lapping against your feet as you stroll along the shoreline of Derwentwater (my favorite lake).

  • A boat ride on one of the lakes is a wonderful way to see the changeable and expressive hues of the water. Varying depths and ever-changing skies can make the water appear dark and threatening or light and playful. Whatever its mood, it’s beautiful.

  • The little pubs dotting the countryside are not to be missed. With window boxes full of flowers in season, original timbers, pub food, and English beer, they’ll give you a generous dose of local life and old-world charm.

  • If you see Queen of Puddings on a menu, order it! A traditional British dessert involving cake, jam and meringue, it’s a scrumptious way to complete your visit.

Each of these experiences have helped to shape my Lakes & Fells collection. But most notably, it’s the natural beauty and character of the Lake District itself that has influenced each pattern and colorway. If you’re curious about the complete story behind each design, take a glance through our product pages!

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Jane Dent Grady
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