In the north of England, the Lake district (or "Region of the Lakes", in Spanish) offers dozens of different shades of green that intermingle with the gray of the stone and the walls, the blue of the water of the lakes and the white of the millions of sheep that lead a peaceful life in such a place of story.
And precisely children's stories was what the British author wrote Beatrix Potter inspired by these landscapes. When traveling by car a few weeks ago, I understood why this place caught both his imagination and his heart.
The Lake District was designated as a national park in 1951. This area of almost 2,400 square kilometers was also declared Unesco World Heritage Site in 2017.
Roads to stop at every corner
On a sunny Saturday morning, we depart from the amazing city of Liverpool to the Lake District. After almost an hour of driving on roads without special appeal, we left behind the two-lane roads to take a network of regional roads that entered the beautiful Lake Region.
The road was narrow, almost suffocated by the meadows and farms that stretched on both sides of it. Occasionally, the trees seemed to pay tribute to the gray asphalt, spreading their branches in the air to almost intertwine them with those of their brothers located on the opposite side of the road. The result was a kind of hallway guarded by knights of powerful brown and green swords.
As we went into the region, the lakes joined the festival of colors. In the face of all that scenic beauty, it was hard for me to fix my eyes on the road, and I cursed not having added my friend José as an additional driver in the rental car contract.
And is that The Lake District is full of places to stop to take a picture. Stone bridges over lively rivers, immense meadows mottled by woolly sheep, lakes furrowed by majestic sailboats, medieval villages, forests in which ancient Druid chants are still heard ... A magical land.
Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit was born in the Lake District
At the end of the 19th century, a dreamy woman, independent and ahead of her time, He spent as much time as he could in the house his parents had in Sawrey (Cumbria), a small village located in the southern part of the Lake District.
In his room, next to the nice fire in the fireplace, Beatrix Potter reflected on paper the stories that her vivid and fascinating imagination created, spurred by the lush natural environment in which she lived. Animal lover, he turned those he had in the house into the protagonists of his children's stories. That was how Peter Rabbit, Potter's most famous character, was born and was brought to the big screen last year.