Green Globetrotter: Rambling in Britain's Lakeland

Explore Northwest England's Lake District with Natural Home.

| March/April 2008

  • Ashness Bridge, near Derwent Water

Northwest England’s Lake District retains its deep lakes, pastures, rugged fells and quaint villages in part thanks to author/illustrator Beatrix Potter, who bought and preserved farmland in the early 20th century. She bequeathed more than 4,000 acres to Britain’s National Trust—a cornerstone of the Lake District National Park. Potter’s conservationist spirit lives on in Cumbria’s culture: a love of the outdoors and a commitment to locally farmed foods. Visit here.

Rest and Relax

Moss Grove Organic Hotel in Grasmere is a charming Victorian inn with modern, green décor, including luxurious duck-down duvets and pillows, clay paints, reclaimed-timber furniture and sheep’s-wool insulation for energy efficiency. Its all-organic, Mediterranean-inspired breakfast with fair trade beverages is a healthy start to the day.

Cote How Organic Guest House and Tea Room in Rydal, Ambleside: Wind-energy B&B serves local, organic food.

Southwaite Green Eco-Cottages in Lorton, Cockermouth: Solar/geothermal weekly rentals with organic-cotton bedding.

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