Vegan MoFo 2016: Vegan in Grasmere

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Last summer I made my maiden voyage to the Lake District, a prime holiday destination for most northerners, but one that was entirely overlooked by my family (we were all about Scarborough and Flamingo Land, of course).

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Dr HH and I drove up to Grasmere, where it was impossible to find parking in the town centre (bloody tourists!).  We had to park a bit out of town, but this allowed us to find a quiet spot by some water to have our picnic of leftovers.  It also afforded us one of the greatest sights of the holiday:  on the walk into town, we passed a foreign tourist carrying her backpack on her front, as tourists often do in city centres for safety.  On the quiet streets of Grasmere, it’s not really necessary to take such precautions.  She must have heard terrible things about the crime rate in England!

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Why did we start our adventure in Grasmere?  For the gingerbread, of course!  The gingerbread from Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop is all vegan, and the staff are happy to confirm this.  When we were walking there, Dr HH had the cheek to complain that sometimes I take him on very long quests for vegan food.  Well, one bite of gingerbread soon shut him up!

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It was £5.50 for twelve pieces, and it took all my willpower not to eat the whole lot in one go.  They were nicely-spiced, sugary and delicious!  They also kept pretty well, by which I mean we bought them on Monday afternoon and ate the last pieces on Wednesday night and they were still perfect.

We had to wait a few more days before presenting another bag of twelve to Dr HH’s parents.  I had once attempted to give them some homemade vegan brownies which they declined to eat because they had been cooked in an oven where meat had been cooked too.  So, this gingerbread was the first culinary gift that they actually accepted from me, and they were impressed with it.  Hurrah!

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Unsurprisingly, the main thing to do in the Lake District is walk.  From Grasmere you can walk up to Easedale Tarn, which you can see is rather beautiful.  We were ill-prepared and didn’t have much water with us, so we didn’t make it to the top for fear of dehydration and collapse, but we had a good scramble up and would have loved to have been more prepared.  Maybe next time we’ll do it properly – we’ll definitely be heading that way for more gingerbread!

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16 Responses to Vegan MoFo 2016: Vegan in Grasmere

  1. Emma says:

    Ooh this looks interesting! My husband has suggested a holiday to the Lake District for us next summer. It’s a bit of a way from us but sounds like a lovely place.

  2. I think going a long way for some good gingerbread sounds quite reasonable – perhaps that backpacker had a lot of gingerbread in her backpack and wasn’t sharing it with anyone!

  3. ecologicalm says:

    That sounds like a great trip! Guess if you had one of those ‘LifeStraw’ kind of things (i wonder if anyone ever does) you could have considered drinking from that beautiful looking stream – if it was reachable 😀 The gingerbread looks superlative!

    • Jenny says:

      I’d never heard of a life straw, but I’ll have to look into one for my next outdoor adventure! We were scared to eat any more gingerbread in case it made us parched, so it was definitely a dire situation.

  4. “Dr HH had the cheek to complain that sometimes I take him on very long quests for vegan food.” Hmmm I feel like my husband has complained of this as well – good thing they enjoy the food we take them on quests to find – it’s always worth the effort =)
    What a gorgeous place to visit. The waterfall is astounding!
    The gingerbread looks quite delicious too =)

  5. I love love gingerbread!!! The countryside of Grasmere looks fabulous– a perfect spot to enjoy phenomenal vegan dessert.

  6. Looks like a lovely place! I love finding quiet picnic spots by the water. Gingerbread looks delicious too 🙂

  7. Shaheen says:

    Ah I am envious, I have heard such good things about this gingerbread, hopefully oneday we will venture there. It made me smile as this reminded me of my hubby and when we go out to places and i always have a veggie/vegan reason for going there ‘Dr HH had the cheek to complain that sometimes I take him on very long quests for vegan food’ – Really enjoying your post, I may not comment on all – but I am reading them – Barcelona is one place i really really want to visit.

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks Shaheen! It seems that a lot of us have this problem when we’re dragging our loved ones around on the hunt for great food! I hope you manage to try this gingerbread one day.

  8. onesonicbite says:

    Sounds like a perfect trip- hiking and gingerbread XD

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