My boyfriend and I had booked a week off in September for my birthday (plus we both wanted a little holiday) and rather than going abroad like we did in June, we decided to have a good old staycation.
I’ve always wanted to visit the Lake District, therefore it was finally time for us to pack our bags and head there for three nights. Due to neither of us being able to drive we knew our options were limited due to public transport. After a bit of research, we decided to head to Ulverston.
Ulverston is a festival town just south of the lakes. It’s only a short train trip away from Manchester and with plenty of things to do in the little town, we knew we had found a great spot.
We booked a one-bed cottage only a few minutes walk from the town centre through Airbnb. This was my first time using Airbnb and I was slightly hesitant due to the horror stories I’ve heard regarding people’s bookings. However, I had no reason to be concerned. The hosts communicated throughout, recommended restaurants and places to do and visit. The cottage we stayed at was only £50 a night, but it had everything we needed. It definitely felt like home for the few days at the Lakes.
The town is full of quirky shops and small tea rooms. However, it still hosts several pubs and restaurants for the evening time. There’s some fantastic little pubs there and we very graciously did a tour of them just tell you how nice they were (you can thank me later).
We had such lovely weather whilst we were there, we got so lucky and although the rain was horrendous in Manchester, we just got half an hours of showers in the afternoon. Because the weather was so nice, we decided to make the most of it and we did a lot of walking around the local area. We explored the local beach(ish) and walked up to the Sir John Barrow Monument
We decided to make the steep walk up the hill to the Monument on the hottest day, therefore I definitely got a little bit grumpy walking up a very steep and long hill. I’m not made for exercise. However, at the top, the views were spectacular. you could see the sea as well as fields for miles. It was nice to stop for a while to admire the view (and catch my breath).
On the way back home, we decided to stop at Gillians Tea Rooms. As it was such a gorgeous day we decided to sit in the tea garden and whilst I fueled up on an elderflower and apple drink (which was delicious and so refreshing!) and some toasted tea cakes. Apart from getting constantly attacks by wasps, it was so lovely.
We had a lovely time in Ulverston that I can’t wait to explore more of the Lake District.
Where is your favourite place to holiday?