This weekend we were invited to The Lake District to learn about the Lake District Pound (LD£). We have never visited the lakes and were thrilled to be asked. I had heard good things.
The LD£ is their local currency that you can use to support the local business and keep the area special. It really is special. Breathtaking views like something from a film. Everywhere you look it is lush and green and untouched. The concept behind the LD£ is a simple one. Worth the same as sterling, but only accepted in unique, local, independent businesses. By using it-the money stays in the area and you are supporting the community while enjoying your holiday or even if you are a local. These businesses add to the magic and uniqueness of the Lake District and it’s charm, so supporting them is a worthwhile venture.
When you change more than £25 into LD£ (it costs nothing to change) you get a free Lake District Trail Passport. This passport can take you all over the Lake District to lots of amazing shops, restaurants, cafes and attractions. By using our passport and following the trial we found places we may not have come across. You can get a stamp in your passport in each place you spend your LD£ and the boys loved doing this.
We went to the absolutely stunning Angel Inn for dinner and also for a few stop-off drinks over our two days as it was a favourite. We spent an afternoon Taking a motor boat out with Windermere Lake Cruises . I can’t recommend this enough. It was a memory to treasure and Eden was even allowed to drive the boat. The stunning views from the lake gave the perfect backdrop. We also visited Brockhole where we played Mini Golf, went to the adventure playground and took another boat out to have lunch. All with our LD£!! We purchased ice cream, sweets, some souvenir toys and I even treated myself to a new top from one of the boutiques.
If you visit the Lake District this summer (which you absolutely must) it is worth checking out their currency and doing your bit to support the community and the vibrant economy that it is. We were welcomed in each place, fussed over with our passport and getting our stamps. We also found places we might not have found. Selfishly, I felt a sense of doing something good when using them and that I was spending my money wisely. If you want to Find out more about the currency and where to spend it you can do so Here .
Huge thank you to The Low Wood Bay Hotel and Spa who accommodated us for the two nights. An incredible resort with everything you need and more for a luxurious, relaxing stay. The infinity pool over looking Lake Windermere and dinner at the Blue Smoke Restaurant were perfection. Highly recommend a stay here- and maybe a spa treatment or two. Unfortunately I was unable to fit a treatment in to our busy schedule but I heard from other guests that it was a highlight. The location was stunning- overlooking Lake Windermere, with views from our room (room 20) and a private jetty for hotel guests. The staff were so kind to our children and welcoming. Children were allowed in the indoor pool between 8am and 8pm- which I thought was fantastic as we have stayed at hotels where this has been restricted. Perfect for couples or families it is a hotel that has it all.
disclaimer ~ this post was part of a paid partnership with Lake District Pound and the stay was courtesy of the hotel in return for social media coverage. The opinions expressed are entirely my own and in no way influenced by the partnership.