It’s an early start for a day of thrills, adventure and maybe a touch of the wobbles! Book a taxi to the via ferrata at Honister slate mine, an exhilarating climbing/scrambling route with heights of up to 1,000 metres. The via ferrata takes place come rain or shine (except if there’s thunder or lightning) so remember to bring your waterproofs just in case! If the via ferrata is too daunting for you, book the mine tour which will take you deep into Honister's rich mining history.
After the exhilaration at Honister, return to solid ground with lunch at the Skiddaw Hotel back in Keswick. Reward yourself with a hearty, doorstep sandwich and a glass of local ale – you’d have earned it!
Next make your way to the Lake Distillery, for a fascinating tour of the area’s whiskey, gin and vodka distillery. Set in a converted Victorian dairy farm you’ll learn about the spirit making process and get a chance to sample the whiskey, gin and vodka after the tour.
Prolong your visit to the distillery and dine at its bistro. With local art adorning the whitewash walls it’s hard to believe the restaurant used to be a cattle parlour! The food is tasty too with locally sourced produce on the menu. Alternatively, head back into town and enjoy your last night with modern British cuisine at Morrels or Merienda, both restaurants are popular with locals and visitors alike.
How to get here: From London, Keswick is a 3-hour train journey to Penrith, followed by a 40-minute bus ride (X5).
If your trip involves an interchange or pit stop at Penrith make sure you pop into Brunswick Yard a salvage and antiques yard. Inside you’ll find an Aladdin's cave of stalls selling salvaged clothes, furniture and wine. Try and grab a bite to eat at the yard’s café with friendly staff serving heart-warming, homemade food. For a more substantial meal, the 14th century Dockray Hall in the centre of Penrith serves superb food at very reasonable prices.