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Everything You Need to Know About the Lake District Pound

If you’d like to fully immerse yourself in the Lake District why not try exchanging some of your cash for Lake District Pounds? This can be either a beautiful memento for you to keep and remember your holiday, or an encouragement to spend and support local businesses in the Lake District area.

In this article, we talk about how you can use the Lake District Pound, as well as highlighting some of the fantastic places to spend them in Windermere.

Everything About the LD£

Don’t worry about losing money through exchanges because the Lake District Pound is worth the same as the Great British Pound. The currency comes in four different paper notes, including one pound, a five pound, a ten pound and a twenty pound, each with their own distinctive design.

You can exchange your sterling for the equivalent in LD£ at any business that is taking part in the project, though you may have to ask specifically to receive them. You can also receive the special notes by requesting them from any of the exchange points noted on their website. Some examples local to Windermere Marina Village include the Windermere Post Office, Bowness Post Office and the Bowness Bay Tourist Information Centre, or you can order a currency set online before your holiday.

The LD£ notes each have their own stylish designs with the ability to inspire casual tourists to take interest in the Lake District’s local history. Previously, the notes have featured prominent local figures such as Alfred Wainwright on LD£5 and John Ruskin on LD£20, but for 2019 the notes will be displaying historical figures such as:

Charlotte Mason

Charlotte features on the LD£1 for being a successful Victorian educator. Dedicated to improving schooling, Charlotte moved to Ambleside in 1891 and created the House of Education which is currently an important building belonging to the University of Cumbria in Ambleside.

Beatrix Potter

One of the most famous authors of children’s books in Cumbria, Potter is a popular figure who is often displayed on the LD£.

Chris Bonington

Unlike the other people illustrated on the Lake District notes, Chris Bonington is still alive. Aged 84, Bonington is a hiker who has worked hard to promote the Lake District and Cumbria and used to be the president of the British Mountaineering Council.

Hardwicke Rawnsley

Rawnsley was a busy man dedicated to working. During his life, he was a clergyman, a poet, hymn writer, politician and conservationist. Hardwicke was very positive about Beatrix Potter’s designs as well as encouraging her to publish her first book.

Where Best to Spend the LD£

If you are excited to receive your latest Lake District notes, then we’re sure that you’ll be excited to learn about where you can spend them in 2019.

Peter Rabbit and Friends

Peter Rabbit and Friends is a gift shop in Bowness where you can exchange your LD£ for some of the best souvenirs in Windermere. Their range includes books, toys, clothing and collectables relating to the author’s many characters and books.

Lakeland Potteries

If you have been dining in some of Windermere’s finest restaurants, then you might recognise that some of their fine bone china was in fact supplied by Lakeland Potteries. To keep your memories of Lakeland burning brightly, don’t forget to spend some of your LD£ here before you return home.


The Herdy shop sells plenty of cute Lake District memorabilia and decorations, often featuring the Herdy sheep. You will find the design spread across the Lake District through statues and shops which are keen to celebrate and support the Lake’s farming industry. Spend your LD£ here!

The Country Hut

The Country Hut is a humble café where you can feel at home with luxurious hot chocolates and comfy furniture. Even better, dogs are welcome at this establishment so if you’re staying in dog-friendly cottages in the Lake District this place is perfect for your LD£.

Windermere Lake Cruises

The Windermere Lake Cruises are one of the finest ways to make memories during your stay in Windermere. On a Lake Cruise, you can travel to a variety of destinations such as Bowness and Brockhole. It’s an experience that kids and adults alike can enjoy, and they also accept LD£.

The Little Chippy

At Windermere Marina Village, you will be staying in luxury self-catering accommodation. On many occasions, you will be making the most of Windermere’s restaurants or local produce, but when nice weather strikes an outdoor meal is often appreciated.

For a quick outdoor meal that the whole family will love, we recommend a stop by The Little Chippy, but don’t forget to bring your LD£!

Country Lanes Cycle Centre

If you are on an adventure, then swapping your Lake District Pounds for some bicycles could be the way forward. Enjoy endless cycle trails through Windermere and Ambleside when you hire a bicycle.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy in the Lake District, many of which you can use the Lake District Pound. Not everyone ends up selling those LD£ and that’s fine because that money goes to support the local economy which will improve Windermere’s facilities. We hope that you enjoy your time in Windermere and make the most of your Lake District Pounds.

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