We know that so many of you were disappointed to cancel your Lake District break this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Equally, many Lake District business owners and staff were devastated to see the effect this has had on the area’s economy. As one of the UK’s top tourist destinations, the area relies heavily on spending from tourists in independent, family owned businesses, and for many, the future is looking uncertain.

However, even if you can’t make it to the Lake District this year, there is a way that you can help support the Lake District economy and the people that make the area so special. A wide range of independent Lake District shops have online stores that deliver across the country, many selling artisan goods that you won’t find elsewhere. So if you are looking to get a little piece of the Lake District, a gift for a loved one, or simply a little “pick-me-up” for yourself, then look no further and see what delights can be found in these stores.

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Edible Goods & Drinks

Sarah Nelson's Grasmere Gingerbread

Grasmere Gingerbread (Lewis Clarke / geograph.org.uk)

Whether you are after scrumptious chocolates, award winning whisky, or world famous gingerbread, the Lake District has a wonderful range of treats, all available to buy online, delivered to your door.

 

Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread

Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread

Hundreds of people flock to the tiny village of Grasmere each year purely to purchase a little slice of heaven. Grasmere Gingerbread is made using a secret recipe, so you won’t find it anywhere else. Their online shop sells the traditional sweet treat in packs of six or twelve, with or without a presentation tin. There’s even an option to buy a year’s worth of gingerbread, with a delivery each month.

The website also stocks a range of other goods, including hampers, fudge, and ginger spiced toiletries including hand sanitiser. Customers in the UK can order before 3pm for a next working day delivery starting at £5.95. International delivery is also available. Find out more at grasmeregingerbread.co.uk.

 

Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake

Romney's Kendal Mint Cake

Another sweet treat that is ubiquitous in the Lake District is Kendal Mint Cake. This refreshing and sugary delight is a favourite of mountain climbers looking for a quick energy boost. Along with the classic white bar, other options include chocolate coated and extra strong.

The online store stocks the full range of Kendal Mint Cake products, as well as hampers, fudge, toffee, and gifts. For customers in the UK who spend over £25 standard delivery is free and takes 3-5 working days. Browse the selection here: mintcake.co.uk.

 

The Lakes Distillery

Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.3 by the Lakes Distillery

Scotland might be the lead when it comes to whisky, but the Lake District has had its own distillery for a few years now, creating unique whiskies, gins, and vodkas using the freshest Lake District waters. The third single malt, The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.3 is now available, along with a range of blended whiskies.

The distillery’s popular gin collection includes a number of flavoured gin liqueurs, or you could opt for the classic vodka, or Salted Caramel Vodka liqueur. UK Standard delivery is £4.95 or free if you spend over £50, and orders placed before 12pm will be delivered the next day. Find the full collection at lakesdistillery.com.

 

Hawkshead Relish Company

Hawkshead Relish Company

Husband and wife team Mark and Maria Whitehead originally ran a popular café in Hawkshead around twenty years ago, when they started creating their own range of chutney and relish to serve with their meals. As customers began to ask for jars to take home the couple realised they had the ability to create something special.

They developed their range further, eventually focusing solely on the chutney business, expanding their range to around 100 products that include jams, pickles, sauces, and much more. Today they supply major supermarkets and ship products around the world, but still remain true to their Cumbrian roots. The products are still made by hand in a barn outside of Hawkshead, whilst the café is now their shop with a tasting table.

You can order online for delivery directly to your door. Delivery costs £3.75 and can take up to 7 days. Visit hawksheadrelish.com for more information.

 

Kennedys Fine Chocolates

Kennedys Fine Chocolates

Kennedys Fine Chocolates started life in a small workshop in Orton, near Penrith, back in 1991. Their business, creating delicious chocolate, grew, and just a few years later the pair opened their factory shop in the village’s former schoolhouse. They once supplied chocolates for British Airways that were served aboard Concorde, and today they employ around 30 people and have a second shop in Devon.

The company sells chocolate online and unlike other online chocolate providers, shoppers can pick out the exact chocolates wanted to fill a box, meaning that you won’t end up with that particular flavour you dislike. The store also has a range of novelty chocolate items, sweets, and other yummy treats.

Standard UK delivery costs £5. Check out the full range at kennedyschocolates.co.uk.

 

Carvetii Coffee

Carvetii Coffee

If you have visited a Lake District hotel, café, or restaurant in recent years and enjoyed a truly delicious cup of coffee, then you may have experienced Carvetii Coffee. This family owned coffee roaster is based in Threlkeld, near Keswick. The couple who own the business are not just passionate about coffee, they are also passionate about working with local businesses, often providing support and training, meaning that they have been able to build their business and reputation through solid partnerships.

Carvetii want you to get the best flavours out of your coffee, so their website is packed with blogs and videos about how to brew the perfect cup. Along with their full range of coffee varieties, their online store also stocks hot chocolate, tea, and coffee making equipment. Free UK delivery is included and orders are dispatched Mondays and Fridays. Visit carvetiicoffee.co.uk for more information.

Gifts & Toys

Love the Lakes screenshot

Don’t be fooled into thinking the Lake District’s online shopping presence is solely restricted to food, since we have a number of wonderful businesses selling beautiful gifts and toys for reasonable prices. Purchasing your gifts at one of these stores will help support people living and working in the Lake District.

 

Conquer Lake District

Conquer Lake District Skiddaw patch

If you have ever climbed a Lake District fell and wanted a way to let the world know about your feat, now you can with sew on patches from Conquer Lake District. Brilliant for sewing onto rucksacks or camping blankets, each patch bears the name of a fell or place in the Lake District, celebrating your time there and serving as a wonderful reminder of your visit.

All of the obvious fells have a patch, such as Helvellyn, Scafell Pike, and Skiddaw, but there are also plenty of low level fells covered, including Rannerdale Knotts and Cat Bells. We have it on good authority that these are particularly good for motivating younger walkers to reach the top. The company also stock patches for some mountains in North Wales, as well as badges celebrating wild swimming in the Lake District lakes.

The best bit about Conquer Lake District is that money from each purchase supports two Lake District charities: The Lake District Foundation and Friends Of The Lake District. UK shipping starts at £1.50 and you can find out more here conquerlakedistrict.co.uk.

 

Love The Lakes

Love the Lakes Hamper

Love The Lakes is a popular gift shop with stores in Keswick and Bowness-On-Windermere. The company specialises in locally sourced gifts and most of the products that you can buy from here are made by other Cumbrian companies. Therefore, by choosing your gifts here you can potentially support multiple independent Lake District companies at once.

Items you can find in their online store include Cumbrian made gins, beers, chutneys, sweets, candles, soaps, moisturisers, kitchenware, art, jewellery, and much, much more. UK delivery starts from £2.95 (or free if you spend over £20 and select standard delivery). Find out more at lovethelakes.net.

 

Herdy

Herdy Lamb Toy

If you have missed those fuzzy, adorable faces of the Herdwick sheep that roam the Lake District fells, then you will love Herdy. This Lake District gift designer started trading in 2007, using its iconic Herdwick sheep symbol on a range of gifts and homewares. Proceeds from the company’s profits go to supporting the upland Lake District farming community who breed Herdwick sheep and help maintain the landscapes that we know and love.

Products include pottery, soft toys, baby clothing, and reusable water bottles. More recently, the company have started to sell mattresses made from Herdwick wool and other fully recyclable materials. UK delivery starts at £4.95 with free standard UK delivery available if you spend over £50. To baa-rowse (sorry) the full range, visit herdy.co.uk.

 

Toys & Hobbies (Atkinsons Toy Shop)

Lake District puzzle from Atkinsons Toy Shop

Overlooking the jetties at Bowness-On-Windermere, Atkinsons Toy Shop has been drawing in younger visitors since 1920. Its online store stocks a wide range of toys and collectibles and the prices are comparable to other major retailers such as Amazon and Argos, but with the added benefit of knowing that you are supporting an independent Lake District retailer.

The store has a great selection of puzzles, games, wooden railway items, soft toys, and much more. Delivery charges vary according to the size of the item and is free for some products. Visit toys-hobbies.co.uk for more information.

Outdoor Adventure Clothing & Equipment

Hiking Boots & Equipment

Once you are able to come back and visit the Lake District fells you will want to make sure that you have all the right equipment. Thankfully, there are several specialist shops in the Lake District with an online presence. Check them out here.

 

George Fisher

Women's Hiking Boots from George Fisher

George Fisher’s large shop in the centre of Keswick is a treasure trove of outdoor clothing and equipment. The shop stocks a range of brands that are known for their high level of quality and technical specifications. The store normally hosts a number of events throughout the year, such as guided walks, and is the supplier of choice for many professional outdoor activity leaders.

Their online store sells a wide range of products, including clothing, camping equipment, and climbing gear. UK delivery costs £3.50 or is free for orders over £50. Visit georgefisher.co.uk for more information.

 

Adventure Peaks

Hiking poles from Adventure Peaks

Adventure Peaks is an outdoor travel specialist with a technical shop and indoor climbing wall in Ambleside. This Lake District company offers guided expeditions across the Lake District and further afield to some of the toughest climbing challenges on the planet.

Their shop in Ambleside offers a fantastic range of technical clothing and equipment with knowledgeable staff, and their website has a small selection of this stock available to buy online. UK delivery costs £3.50 or is free if you spend over £50. Visit adventurepeaks.com for more information.

 

Millican

Millican Rucksack

Named after Millican Dalton who is one of the Lake District’s quirkiest and most famous adventurers, this rucksack company was founded by two adventurers who were inspired by Dalton to abandon their former lives and create a sustainable business in the foothills of Skiddaw.

Today, the company makes a range of rucksacks and bags that use recycled and natural products, and are designed to last a lifetime, with a repair service available if required. Standard delivery costs £5, or is free if you spend over £100. Find out more at homeofmillican.com.