Top secret wild swimming holes in the Lake District
Daniel Start, author of the new Wild Guide to the Lakes and Dales, reveals his favourite hidden places to wild swim in Lake District.
If you’ve spent the morning walking the many hills of the Peak District, you’ll more than likely be in need of some energy replenishment. There’s a huge variety of eateries to choose from, but we think you can’t go wrong with a traditional afternoon tea.
Ideal in both the sunshine and the colder weather, an afternoon tea feels luxurious and comforting at the same time. To help you choose the best place to head for a cup of tea and some cake in the Peak District, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite places below.
Located close to the Buxton town centre, No. 6 The Square is a previous winner of ‘Teahouse of the year’ at the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards. They serve a traditional afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches, home-baked scones, cakes and a pot of tea. In addition, you can also get breakfast, lunch and light snacks here. What’s more they also have accommodation – with four spacious rooms available to stay in. The tearoom is open every day – Sunday to Friday from 10am – 5pm and on Saturday from 10am – 6pm.
Chatsworth House is a luxurious stately home in Bakewell. It’s an ideal location for a day out and while there, you can enjoy a Wedgewood afternoon tea in their Flying Childers Restaurant. This luxury selection served on Wedgewood crockery includes such delights as gin and tonic salmon to start and a selection of cakes including macaroon du jour and Earl Grey panna cotta. There’s another two restaurants on site also offering afternoon tea selections so you’ll be spoilt for choice if you head here. The opening hours for Chatsworth vary throughout the year so check before you travel.
At The Kedleston Country House Hotel, afternoon tea is served in the bright and spacious orangery - a beautiful setting with wonderful food to match. It’s a traditional selection which can be served with either tea or freshly brewed ground Kedleston blend coffee, or even prosecco or champagne for a special occasion. Afternoon tea is served Tuesday to Saturday from 2pm until 5pm.
Based in Hepden Court near Bakewell, you’ll find beautiful purple hues all across the Lavender Tea Rooms. With charming period décor and vintage styling, it’s a real step back in time. Traditional afternoon tea is served with sandwiches, sultana scones, Bakewell tart and mini cakes. The opening hours for Lavender Tea Rooms change throughout the year so check before you travel.
The Merchant’s Yard, based in the picturesque village of Tideswell, serves an afternoon tea with a twist. Here you will get miniature pork pies, scones, cakes and macaroons all served on a miniature picnic table - it provides quite the photo opportunity! The Merchant’s Yard serves afternoon tea from Wednesday – Saturday from 2pm – 4.30pm.