Grasmere is a stunning village in between Ambleside and Keswick on the heart of the Lake District National Park.
Many will know it as the home of Grasmere Gingerbread, now an international product (and gorgeous!) and of course that poet, what was his name…..Wordsworth! But even if you’re not a fan of gingerbread or literature, Grasmere is simply a delightful, full of character Lake District village.
But 2014 i set to be a big year for this village is further ways. The Fred Whitton cycling sportive, one of the most revered and toughest in the UK is set to start from Grasmere this year, a move from its traditional Coniston location. A new starting point affects the route slightly so it won’t just be the first time competitors that will be doing reckies.
And then foodies. The love of food is growing in popularity with the ability to now easily find really excellent food and Grasmere is no exception. Amazing produce on their doorstep and high quality hotels are attracting equally as high caliber chefs. Just recently there has been an outstanding review in The Observer by the very critical critic Jay Rayner of the restaurant at the Oak Bank Hotel in Grasmere who couldn’t sing it’s praises highly enough. Quite some accolade for the hotel as well as Grasmere.
So it seems quite appropriate for any cyclists visiting Grasmere to take along a friend or partner so that both can enjoy some fine food and accommodation and make a weekend out of it! 2 birds, one stone!
By Jenny Andrew