Faeryland Tea Rooms, Grasmere

The Faeryland Tea Rooms near Grasmere Village really is afternoon tea made special, and is not to be missed on a visit to Colwith. Situated right on the banks of the lake with gorgeous views across the water, the Faeryland is uniquely charming and really captures the magic of this beautiful part of the world. It also has the virtue of serving some truly delicious cakes and scones, and its tea menu can only be marvelled at; over 50 different blends of tea, each with its own unique taste and enchanting name. Many are available to buy in pretty little caddies from the kiosk.

This tea hut is both easily accessible from the road and yet still tucked away in a quiet corner of the village. A picturesquely dilapidated gypsy caravan stands next to it and you may spot a fairy or two lurking in the garden if you look hard enough. When you’ve enjoyed your tea – served in charmingly mismatched vintage china, of course – you might like to hire one of the Faeryland’s fleet of pastel-coloured rowing boats and explore the lake.

From Colwith, Faeryland can be reached on foot via a lovely walk that takes in both Loughrigg Tarn and Grasmere, with some quintessential Lake District views along the way. This walk begins at the top of the Neum Crag estate with a gate in the drystone wall, and follows the path to briefly join the road before turning right over a stile into the field alongside the Tarn. Another stile and a hop over a narrow stream brings you to a steep field with a gate at the top, followed by a left turn onto a pebbly path which runs along the back of the tarn, just below Loughrigg Fell. Another third of a mile brings you out on the road to Grasmere. Follow this for about half a mile, then take a right turn through a gate which, after taking the path which drops sharply to the left, brings you to the shores of Grasmere. This path will eventually guide you back to the road, which in turn takes you past the Faeryland Tearooms on the Right. This walk is approximately 3 miles and will take just over an hour each way, but is a lovely way to while away an afternoon, particularly when the weather is good. It is also worth going on from the tearooms to explore the charming Grasmere Village and its little shops.