the lake district

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the departure

The week before leading up to my MA graduation, my family and I decided to brave our warm, Indian hearts and tour a bit of the Scottish Highlands. It was still lush and green and surprisingly enough sun to entertain us a bit when things got a bit too cold. It was a holiday that paralleled none of our others and for that the foreign lands of Scotland felt so majestic and each moment with one another was ever more precious.

The night before my trip out to The Lake District instilled a bit of anxiety. I felt incredibly anxious considering I had been traveling for a good 5 weeks straight before that. Trains were nothing new for me, but my heart beat deeper and more dramatically than it is used to. Upon reaching my carriage, well before time to depart, I felt a bit at ease and so I started to pen my thoughts about the trip. About 2016. About my future goals. And about my feelings about just about everything. I realized that The Lake District brought upon this anxiety because it reminded me so dearly of my family’s trip and I wasn’t sure how anything would top that.

As the train continued to trek more and more north and buildings were replaced with hills, greens and sheep, I found that though I conceptualized The Lake District as similar to the Scottish Highlands, the landscape was notably different. The way the wind flirted with leaves, patches of trees made me believe that this experience was going to be different.
 

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what I wore

parka MONSOON {SIMILAR} jeans LEVIS rain boots BURBERRY
chelsea boots & OTHER STORIES shirt UNIQLO

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c&é traveled with Virgin Trains.
 

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on arrival

Reaching Oxenholme’s train station, I was greeted by Katie! Katie and I went to St. Andrews together and for ages she has been trying to get me to visit her. The landscape, though beautifully captured by Katie on the daily, was mindblowing. Fog peaking through in between the crevasses of the hills and the mountains were flakes with fresh snow.

The first day was rather wet and overly foggy, but through the eyes of what the headlights of Katie’s car was providing, it was a teaser for something utterly beautiful. I joked with Katie before catching the train, that I wanted to see a sheep for the purpose of Instagram of course. After a little chuckle and a bit of a tease, she assured me I would see them. Lo and behold, I saw more sheep than people during the entirety of the trip!

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Virgin Trains from London Euston station will connect your directly to Oxenholme station, which will locally connect to other parts of The Lake District.
 

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on each day

Everyday, we met the morning sun (which was very unusual) and would make our way to different parts of the incredibly vast Lake District. To Keswick to enjoy the very British high street and sun’s reflection on Derwent Lake. We meandered around and through the villages surrounding Penrith. And every few meters the view changed ever so slightly that is begged for a photo opportunity.

Since the sun set into darkness almost as quickly as it came out from the night sky, there were many hours sitting next to the fire with a cuppa in hand and discussing about our hopes and inspirations for 2017. In the background was usually something simmering in the kitchen perfuming the air with the rustic wood burning aroma and it felt just right to escape to a cabin into The Lake District.
 

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tortilla española

Every morning, Katie made sure that the coffee was brewing. During the time she opened the curtains of the windows that overlooked the hills in the distance (and some sheep too), I put together bits of pieces of our favorite ingredients and would whip up breakfast. Something that held us over a bit after lunch so we can put our daily caloric intake towards a cheeky slice of cake.

With the natural sweetness of the peppers, a bit of kick from the paprika, an earthy vibe from the mushrooms, and a proper mediterranean feel from the iberico…


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cumberland sausage pasta bake

On the night of my arrival, Katie gave me a little taste of the local gastronomy. Cumberland sausages, though nothing new to what I’ve seen in my local shop, is something that comes from the region. Katie assured me that what I was about to eat was far more impressive than my local Waitrose has to offer. We knew that the quality was great as she baked the sausages for a casserole as there not an ounce of fat on the pan. The meat was incredible and fresh. So I was on the hunt for having a bit more.

One day, after a long and cold trek, we decided to pick up a few ingredients and an extra bottle of wine. Spent the evening cooking and gazing out at the snow that started falling from the night sky.


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what I wore

cashmere jumper c/o BODEN {SIMILAR} leggings LULULEMON scarf ASOS
shop the BOUTIQUE
 

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  • Sounds like the best visit!! I love the Lake District and would love to go back 🙂

  • sarah

    I love the photographs and that spanish tortilla recipe 🙂 Looks so good!

  • I’d love to get lost in this amazing place!
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  • I had been to Lake District a decade back and I still remember it to just as beautiful as your pictures. Looks like you had a fabulous winter getaway. 🙂

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  • OMG! I just love this post!
    Your pictures are really amazing and make me wanna go to all those places!
    Alslove your blog, really inspiring!
    Xx

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  • Leah

    Supal, that cumberland sausage pasta bake looks amazing. I said it on Instagram, but I want a tin of that for myself!

  • Supal, these pictures are amazing! I have been dying to visit Scotland for a long time (which may have also been encouraged by an Outlander addiction.) The photos of the Lake District are just so surreal! And that omelet looks delicious too! Thanks for sharing and letting me live vicariously through you! xo

    • Thanks so much, Annie! It’s actually in England, not Scotland. The vast land and landscape reminded me of the time I lived in Scotland, but it’s so different. 🙂

  • Paige Allison

    Ahhhh I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland (even if you look cold AF)! My husband is 100% Scottish and has his family crest tattooed on his arm, and we used his family’s tartan in our wedding ceremony! He wanted to wear a kilt but I was like ummmmmmm not happening. Gorgeous pics lady!

    • Haha it was really cold! This is actually in England, the Scottish Highlands is way more North from where I was, but that’s cold too 🙂

  • Laurie

    Your photos are magical!!

  • Phyllis

    Wow such amazing pictures, it’s so inspiring I just want to travel!

    xo
    Phyllis
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  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    This looks like a dream. I’d love to visit Scotland some day; definitely on the travel bucket list. You captured the countryside so beautifully. You should be a travel photographer…you know, in your spare time. 🙂

    • Add The Lake District, England to your bucket list next to Scotland 🙂 Scotland’s The Highlands is also truly exceptional! Haha, don’t put ideas into my head!!

  • Katharine Jane Schweitzer

    I might be heading to the University of Sheffield this summer for an academic conference, and if so, I am tempted to extend it into a vacay so that I can do some Lake District exploring!

  • Aw yay!! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! x

  • Oh my god everything looks so beautiful! x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

  • Kate

    Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! I can’t get over that stone bridge
    -Kate
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  • Lake district is the best place to clear your head and get back on track! Images look absolutely beautiful !!! xx

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  • The way you describe your trip is just so poetic. The writing and the photos capture your trip so beautifully. Also, the funny thing is, while I was reading and scrolling down, I was expecting to see some sheep and you didn’t disappoint haha. Always a pleasure reading your travel posts, Supal.

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    • I had to include the sheep! It was half of the reason why I went in the first place 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to read, Fariha! x