The Lake District

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  • 1. Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

    Food/Candy

    The smells wafting across the churchyard draw many people to the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. Since 1854 Sarah Nelson's gingerbread has been sold...Read More

  • 2. James & John Graham of Penrith Ltd.

    Food/Candy

    Artisanal cheese and the best of Cumbria's local produce, including the town’s famously good toffee, are available at this mouthwateringly good...Read More

  • 3. More? The Artisan Bakery

    Food/Candy

    Between Kendal and Windermere, this bakery is the place to stop for mouthwatering, award-winning bread, cakes, and sandwiches, including an...Read More

  • 4. Cartmel Cheeses

    Food/Candy

    A huge range of delicious cheeses, mostly British, can be purchased in this welcoming, pungent little shop. Free tastings are often available...Read More

  • 5. Cartmel Village Shop

    Food/Candy

    This fabulous delicatessen, famous for its deliciously rich sticky toffee pudding, is also a great place to purchase picnic provisions. ...Read More

  • 6. George Fisher

    Sporting Goods

    The area's largest and best outdoor equipment store, George Fisher sells sportswear, travel books, and maps; staff are faultlessly friendly...Read More

  • 7. Heritage Meats

    Food/Candy

    Once owned by Beatrix Potter, Yew Tree Farm is nestled in some especially attractive hills. The owners have a conservation-based approach to...Read More

  • 8. Needle Sports

    Sporting Goods

    This company stocks all the best equipment for mountaineering and for rock and ice climbing. They also provide information about local climbing...Read More

  • 9. New Hedgehog Bookshop

    Books/Stationery

    This welcoming little bookshop hidden in a quiet pedestrian street has a well-chosen selection of children's books on the ground floor and adult...Read More

  • 10. Penrith Farmers' Market

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    The stalls of the outdoor market line Dockray, Corn Market, and Market Square from March to December on the third Tuesday of the month from...Read More

  • 11. Peter Hall & Son

    Crafts

    This woodcraft workshop, between Kendal and Windermere, sells bespoke furniture and finely honed boxes and bowls, among other items. ...Read More

  • 12. Thomasons

    Food/Candy

    A butcher and delicatessen, Thomasons sells some very good meat pies—just the thing for putting in your pocket before you climb a Lakeland fell...Read More

  • 13. Toffee Shop

    Food/Candy

    This shop, where the Queen buys her toffee, may also have England's best fudge. ...Read More

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