Lake District – a green oasis and a great escape

Last October (2019) we had a coach trip to Lake District with the Students Union (SU), and it was a lovely memory. This green haven doesn’t disappoint!

What you need to do to get on a free trip like this is to go on the Give it a Go page by the SU, choose the event, log in at the site with your university email, and book a place! Make sure you sign up early for any trip or there will be no spaces left. Another way, if the International Office is the organiser of the trip, you’ll get an email directly from them, and just need to reply to sign up! (check the link out! you’ll see a list of free trips you’ll likely go on!)

A walk around Windermere, Lake District

Expect to see a lot of tourists as Lake District is a much loved travel destination in the UK. We saw a lot of families with kids, and Chinese tourists too. I guess there must be a significant influx of Chinese tourists to Lake District, since there were many signs at restaurants and places of interest written in Chinese.

The trip took us to Windermere area. Lake District is huge comprising 4 major mountainous areas (or towns to be precise). Beside Windermere town, there are also Keswick, Ambleside, and Bowness-on-Windermere. Take a look at this video and you’ll agree with me how beautiful Windermere looks!

Share lunch with a friend

We arrived in Lake District at around 11am, wandered for a while and went for lunch. Now this (Windermere) is a bustling area with all kinds of cuisines and shops. My friend and I were looking for a budget option, so we looked through many menus and prices (at the entrance of restaurants) and stopped at one pizza place.

The pizza we shared (quite a large size) cost only £ 8. Lunch offer even on a Saturday, brilliant!

Alternatively you can pop in Tesco Express near the lake (where the coach dropped you off) to get a meal deal at 3.00 GBP with a main meal, a snack and a drink. (much like Mccoll’s on campus, but a bit cheaper and more choices I guess).

Great spot for photos

Although I didn’t discover much variety in Lake District (probably because I’m a slow walker and a chilled wanderer), I found a few amazing views for my Instagram photos! (or my phone gallery only, haha, too lazy for instagram posts)

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Few other peaceful shots of the Windermere area!

Keep an eye out for free trips by the International Office and the students’ union, and make sure you sign up early!

Until next time x . Thank you for reading!

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London trip – a must when you’re at Edge Hill!

Coming from an industrial city in Vietnam, I’m familiar with and have come to love such city sights as (medium) skyscrapers and modern buildings, scattered across busy streets and Buddhist temples. I mean they are beautiful, but to see something so different from Asian architecture or normal office buildings would be awe-inspiring. And for me London is just that. It is a “looker”!

I’ve been to Liverpool, Manchester, Chester, Southport, all beautiful cities in their own ways, also with that “difference” I was yearning for, but London seems just another level of impressiveness for me.

Travelling and accommodation costs

To get to London from Ormskirk (where Edge Hill University is based) the most common way is by train from Liverpool Lime Street station. Take a train from Ormskirk to Liverpool Central first, then walk for 5 minutes to Liverpool Lime Street station and there you’ll get a direct train to London (Euston station).

Train tickets: I travelled with 3 of my friends and we managed to book the cheapest return tickets from Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston at only £15.80 (If you don’t plan well ahead it may cost you up to £ 30 each way, which is not too bad)

(In case you’re not familiar with the “language” of train tickets, like I did when I first came, here’s a quick explanation: Single (ticket): one way; Return (ticket): two-way (go and back). There are also “Anytime Single”, “Anytime Return”, “Advance Single”, but I figure I’ll deal with that on another post about travelling by train in the UK.)

Accommodation: We (group of 4) booked Airbnb for 5 nights and the cost for each person was £ 70. There are other websites to find and book cheap hotels or accommodation in London, you might like to do a Google search and shop around.

That’s it for the tips. Now, here are the sights that wowed me in London.

1- Tower Bridge

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On the other side of the Bridge we got to see a Christmas market (because we went there in December).

2. The River Thames

3. London Eye

London Eye

4. Buckingham Palace & Queen Victoria Memorial

Buckingham Palace was packed with tourists
Queen Victoria Memorial was also splendid

5. St James’ Park and St James’ Palace

St James Palace (I’m not sure which one it is but this corner of the street was just marvellous)
St James Park
(There’s a lake right next to me in this picture. The park is much bigger and though in winter, it’s still so beautiful to me, but the winds were too strong!)

6. Household Calvary Museum

This is where you can see the iconic horsemen. I truly loved the experience, although I could see one of the horses was a bit sad when there were so many tourists in front of him.

7. Regent Street

Regent Street is, from what I’ve seen, the street with all the most luxury and high-end brands in London. Every store can become a sight to marvel at, especially Burberry London (in my opinion, I’ve just never seen any fashion store like it). You can also find other affordable brands here, like The Body Shop. Regent Street at Christmas is obviously a must-visit.

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8. Chinatown and a few other streets (not sure what they’re called because as usual I relied on my friends, heavily)

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There are so many things to see and do in London. Definitely give London a visit while you’re studying here at Edge Hill!