The Lake District is considered one of the most beautiful regions of the UK and at Whitbarrow Hotel we are so lucky to be located right in the heart of it. There so much to see and do in the Lakes and we want our guests to experience it all, but first we thought we would give you a few helpful pointers in how to experience the Lake District like a local!
Living like a local: the language
We definitely have our own language here in the Lakes so while you are out exploring you may hear a few unfamiliar phrases, these are just a few of our favourite’s!
With so many amazing walks in the Lakes you will see many a local out with man’s best friend, or a “jewkle” to us Cumbrians!
Make sure you call in to Reception and get all their best recommendations of places to have a “deek-about” (look around) while you are staying with us.
No matter what time of year it is you certainly can’t come to the Lake District without your “Ganzee” (jacket).
While you are exploring this beautiful area pop in to a local shop and ask where the nearest “Lowie Cowie” is. This is now a fairly uncommon phrase for a cash machine and you may get some strange looks but it is always fun to test the local knowledge of old Cumbrian!
Living like a local: the hidden gems
Why not have a “deek-about” these hidden gems during your next stay at Whitbarrow Hotel?
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (or “La’al ratty” to us locals) is a 7 mile heritage railway line that runs from Ravenglass to Dalegarth station in the Eskdale Valley. Ravenglass is the only coastal village located in two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Lake District and Frontiers of the Roman Empire Hadrians Wall and the journey offers spectacular views over the estuaries and countryside with England’s highest mountains in the distance.
Airaforce is a stunningly beautiful waterfall just down the road from Whitbarrow on the banks of Ullswater. The Ullswater Steamers are the perfect way to see the entire lake and you can hop on and off at various docks to explore the beautiful lakeside villages such as Pooley Bridge and Glenridding.
Cathedral Cavern, also known as Cathedral Cave is a small network of interlinked quarries above Little Langdale, the main chamber stands at 40 feet in height and is known locally as ‘The Cathedral’.
Stanley Gyhll Force is a 60 foot high waterfall in a dramatic deep and narrow gorge near Eskdale. A popular beauty spot for tourists during the Victorian era, this terrific waterfall is now much quieter and offers a tranquil destination for walkers.
Living like a local: the food
Saving the best til last, we can’t possibly forget the many moth-watering foods that the Lake District is famous for.
We are renowned for having a sweet tooth in Cumbria so where better to start than with Sticky Toffee Pudding. The original Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe was created by Francis Coulson at Sharrow Bay Hotel in the 1970s, and it is said that the featherlight sweet figgy sponge drenched in toffee sauce is ‘still the finest you will find anywhere in the world’. Sharrow Bay Hotel looks over the shores of Ullswater and is a wonderful place to go for a 5* meal (and of course you have to have Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert!)
Grasmere Gingerbread is now world famous, and once you try a piece it isn’t hard to see why! Still made in the original home of creator Sarah Nelson this spicy-sweet chewy concoction remains true to the 1854 recipe.
Kendal Mint Cake is the perfect excuse to visit Kendal. Not only does the town boast a large variety of shops and cafes but it is the birthplace of one of Cumbria’s most loved delicacies, which is still made with to the original 1918 recipe.
And last but not least, the most traditional of Cumbrian meals is the Cumberland Sausage. You won’t have to go far to find a local pub or café that serves this iconic coil of sausage and if you fancy grabbing some to take home with you then make sure to call in to Cranston’s Butchers in Penrith.
So what are you waiting for? Check out our Special Offers and book your next stay at Whitbarrow Hotel today.
We will see you soon “Marra” (friend).