There are many towns, villages and hamlets in Cumbria, home of the English Lake District. My inspiration for today’s post comes from watching ‘Escape to the Country’ this afternoon. The presenter, Alistair Campbell, was helping a couple to find a Lakeland dream home, ideally in a pretty village with easy access to the great outdoors. One of the places featured was Caldbeck, a little known village in the North Lakes.(

Pictureque Caldbeck village. (Photo courtesy of Ben Sherwen at

Another small northern village is Buttermere, where may be found a memorial to Alfred Wainwright, the famous Lakeland fell walker, whose walking guides are popular to this day. Wainwright’s favourite fell was Haystacks, where he asked that his ashes might be scattered. His memorial at Buttermere’s St James’ Church is set into its south window, from which there is an excellent view of Haystacks.

Buttermere Lake. (Photo by Andrew Lugsen courtesy of

Moving to the South Lakes, we have the popular tourist village of Grasmere, known for its gingerbread and Wordsworth connections. Grasmere is also home to the Heaton Cooper Studio, the art gallery and shop that celebrates and sells the works of its famous original founder, artist Alfred Heaton Cooper and his son, William Heaton Cooper.

The Wordsworth family graves at Grasmere Church, Grasmere.

Straddling the North and South Lakes is Troutbeck, an elongated village situated in the beautiful Troutbeck Valley. Beatrix Potter had a farm here, Troutbeck Park Farm, where she bred Herdwick sheep. The farm was bequeathed to the National Trust on her demise.

The verdant Troutbeck Valley, where lies the village of Troutbeck. (Photo by Dave Willis, courtesy of

The Lake District is approximately 32 miles wide by 40 miles long. Blenheim Lodge, our guest house in Bowness-on-Windermere, is in the South Central Lakes, and is therefore ideally situated for easy jaunts around the Lake District. In this post, I have picked at random a few pretty villages in the Lake District to share with you. However, there are many more which I hope to share with you another time.

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