A Stylish Weekend Escape to The Lake District

After an unforgettable year of overseas travel, my final adventure of 2016 was a little closer to home. I’ve recently teamed up with Accessorize to produce a series of travel guest posts on the Accessorize blog. Part of the collaboration involves shooting a collection of travel photos featuring Accessorize products (an exciting exploration into the world of travel style). For my first shoot I headed cross-country to the beautiful Lake District, where my best friend Naomi lives.

Naomi is a talented photographer and helped me shoot the products in some of The Lake District’s most photogenic locations. Being a local, she knew exactly where to go away from the busy tourist crowds. I’m so proud of how the photos turned out, so much so that I had to share them in this photo-diary style post. Scroll through the photos then be sure to click the link to my Accessorize guest post at the bottom of this page. Here is my weekend Escape to the Lake District in pictures…

Arriving at Oxenholme Station
I stepped off the train and into the heart of the Lake District in the sleepy 2-platform station of Oxenholme


Sweet gingerbread wafts through the streets of Grasmere village thanks to Sarah Nelson’s famous Grasmere Gingerbread shop. Inside the village Visitors will find a scattering of pubs and cafes surrounding the village is a collection of spectacular lake-side walks.



Rydale Water
Known as a ‘water’ and not a ‘lake’ Rydale has a small village next to it and is surrounded by some seriously underrated walking routes. A slightly lesser-known part of The Lakes.



Lake Windermere
Needs no introduction. Without a doubt the most famous Lake in Cumbria, most popularly accessed from Bowness-on-Windermere.




Lake District

Brigsteer is Naomi’s closest village, located in the South Lakeland. It’s home to a couple of boutique guest houses and the much-loved gastropub The Wheatsheaf. Brigsteer would make a peaceful base for any weekend in The Lake District.



The most popular lakeside town for visitors and tourists with quaint cobbled streets and independent boutiques. Come for dinner and drinks or hop on the Old Steamer for a ride around Lake Windermere.




Helsington, Lyth Valley
With nothing more than a Parish church and rolling fields, the tiny village of Helsington is where Naomi calls home. We spend time in the farm house cozying up by the fire with tea in the mornings and mulled wine at night.




For the full story of my time in The Lake District, be sure to check out my guest post for Accessorize; A Stylish Weekend Away with The Travelista.

What did you think of the photography for my Weekend Escape to The Lake District? If you enjoyed this post or it has inspired you to visit The Lake District, please leave me a comment and let me know x

Jessica Ruth Gibson is the Founder and Editor of Travelista and an award-winning travel content creator of 10 years. She lives in York, UK with her son and has travelled to over 50 countries; her favourites being Italy, Canada and Vietnam.


  • Oh girl I LOVE this post and oh my god you ABSO babe you look stunning! I adore Accessorize and need to take a trip there soon as it’s been a while since I’ve been! I’ve also never been to the Lake District which I think needs to change pronto (especially after seeing these snaps!).

    Hayley xo

    • Ahh thank you Hayley you are too sweet! I think you would love The Lakes it’s such a stunning part of the UK and so relaxing to be in the great outdoors! Hope you add it to your list. Have the BEST time in Milan! xxx

  • The Lake District really makes the perfect backdrop for those beautiful accessories.

  • Ahh looks so beautiful, my boyfriend and I have been thinking about a weekend away here – this confirms I need to visit! Great post xx

    • Hey Tilly! The Lakes would be an amazing place to go for a relaxing weekend away with your Boyfriend. Make sure these places are on your hitlist if you go 🙂 xx

  • Ahhhh, my Nan used to have a caravan in the Lake District when I was little so all of these places are very nostalgic for me xxx
    Sophie Cliff

    • Aww what an amazing place to visit when you’re little! I bet it felt like one big adventure. You’ll have to go back Sophie its just beautiful xx

  • I think we are going up in a couple of weeks, can’t wait as it’s been too long!

    • Ooh lucky you! Hope you have an amazing time, be sure to head to Grasmere for some of the famous gingerbread! xxx

  • I haven’t been to the Lake District for quite some time now, might have to have a revisit x

    • Hope you get to go back soon! I’ve never really appreciated how gorgeous it is until this recent visit. So many quaint little villages and lakes to explore xx

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