How to Celebrate 21: A Travel Guide to Northern England's Lake District

How to Celebrate 21: A Travel Guide to Northern England's Lake District

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Catbells Hike in Keswick

1.  Book a plane ticket to London, England.

2.  Take an overnight bus from Victoria Coach Station to Carlisle, England.  

3.  Arrive at 4am and wait for your connector bus in the freezing cold until 6am.  If you survive this step, congratulations!  Not many do. 

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Carlisle Bus Stop

4.  When your bus still doesn't show up after the allotted two hours, get a taxi.  

5.  Meet George, your 87-year-old taxi driver who's never left the small town of Carlisle, and repeatedly declares in his thick northern English accent that it's the best town in the world.

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Keswick

6.  With tired eyes and a grateful heart, take in your first few glances of the Lake District town of Keswich.

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Canoeing in Keswick

7.  Resist the urge to just jump in a canoe and GO 'splore.  You're running on very little sleep and this wouldn't be a good idea.

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Brundholme Bed and Breakfast

8.  Admire the ADORABLE bed and breakfasts scattered around town.  From afar though, because you won't be staying here.  College student = cheap.

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Wild Strawberry Coffee Shop

9.  Savor some afternoon tea, of the strawberry variety.  Mmmm.

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Old Keswickian Fish and Chips

10.  Head over to the Old Keswickian for literally, THE best fish and chips in the world.

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Old Keswickian Fish and Chips

11. Enjoy.

12.  Head back to where you are staying for some much needed R & R.

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Keswick
Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Bunk Barn Bed and Breakfast

13.  That's right, a barn.  You're staying in a barn.  (HOW COOL IS THAT).

14.  Meet the nice English lady who runs this Hostel-Barn and drink the warm tea she so graciously provides you.

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Bunk Barn Bed and Breakfast

15.  Try to avoid the baseball-sized spiders.  And freezing to death.  And losing any games of "Spoons" or "What are the Odds," as this may result in unspoken midnight punishments out in the fields with the cows.  Don't ask.

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Bunk Barn Bed and Breakfast

16.  When you wake in the morning, try to avoid the eye.  Avoid it like the plague.

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Keswick

17.  Hop on a bus back into the national park.  Relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Keswick Sheep

18.  Upon arrival, don't be baaaad and chase the sheep.  Oops.

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Catbells Hike in Keswick

19.  Hike up the gorgeous Catbells trail.

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Catbells Hike in Keswick
Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Catbells Hike in Keswick

20.  Keep your clothes on.  For goodness sake, it's COLD.

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Catbells Hike in Keswick

21.  As these incredible new friends sing "Happy Birthday" to you atop the most beautiful mountain you ever did see, treasure the moment in your heart with gratitude and know that it's going to be very, very hard to beat your 21st birthday.

MUCH LOVE,

Be sure to check out my Ireland Travel Guide as well!

Kaci Nicole - Lake District - Keswick
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