The Telegraph: Over at the north end of Windermere, The Samling (thesamlinghotel.co.uk) is one of the Lake District’s most luxurious addresses, tucked away on a private drive. A stately elegance. Doubles from £280
The Telegraph: Howe Keld (howekeld.co.uk) is the pick of Keswick’s numerous B&Bs. Rooms are sleek and contemporary, and breakfast treats include pancakes, veggie rissoles and fresh smoothies. Doubles £90 to £130.
The Telegraph: Start with a twilight cruise across Derwentwater aboard the Keswick Launch (01768 772263; keswick-launch.co.uk). The lake looks at its best in the light of early evening, bathed in pastel colours.
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The Telegraph: Pick up a gourmet picnic from Pumpkin (01768 775973; 19 Lake Road), Keswick’s classiest artisan café, and stroll up to the Castlerigg Stone Circle, dramatically sited on a hilltop outside Keswick.
The Telegraph: Perched between Borrowdale and Buttermere is Honister Slate Mine (01768 777230; honister-slate-mine.co.uk), where you can take a tour into one of the disused mines (£9.95/ £4.95 adults/ children).