Best of Britain – Rediscover The Lake District
Enjoy England’s Largest National Park
With majestic mountains, scenic lakes, and picturesque villages, it’s easy to see why over 15 million visitors flock to the Lake District each year.
The UK is home to some stunning scenery and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Lake District. Located in Cumbria in the north west of England, the Lake District is England’s largest National Park and is home to breathtaking mountains, charming villages and, of course, beautiful lakes.
As well as the picturesque surroundings, there are plenty of other things on offer to tempt visitors. So perhaps it’s time to dust off your walking boots and rediscover this beautiful corner of the British countryside.
England’s Highest Peak
The Lake District is home to plenty of hills and mountains, including England’s tallest – Scafell Pike. Although a somewhat strenuous walk, scaling the heights of Scafell Pike rewards walkers with unparalleled views of the surrounding countryside. Aside from mountain climbing, there are plenty of other adrenaline-fuelled activities on offer in the area, including mountain biking and abseiling. Alternatively, head to Go Ape in Whinlatter and Grisdale, or Tree Top Trek overlooking Windermere for a family-friendly tree-top adventure.
The magnificent scenery of the Lake District has long been an inspiration for poets, artists and writers. Two of the most famous of these are perhaps William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, and through exploring the region, you can discover the views that ignited their imaginations. You can also get an insight into their lives by visiting their family homes. Dove Cottage near Grasmere was home to Wordsworth during his great creative period, and Hill Top House near Sawrey is a quaint farmhouse full of Beatrix Potter’s furnishings and possessions. Both are National Trust properties and are open to the public.
Take To The Waters
Home to twelve of the largest lakes in England, including its deepest lake, Wastwater, the Lake District offers plenty of opportunities to get out and have fun on the water. A relaxing river cruise is a great way to take in the scenery, or you can plan your own itinerary and explore the waterway in a motorboat or rowboat. Sporty types are also catered for, with water sports such as kayaking, water-skiing and paddle-boarding on offer.
The Great Outdoors
The health benefits of spending time in nature are well documented, with time outdoors proven to ease depression, improve wellbeing and boost immunity. And where better to put this to the test than in the magnificent surroundings of the Lake District? With over 3,000 kilometres of rights of way, both walkers and cyclists are well-catered for, whether you’re looking for a gentle scenic stroll, or something more challenging.
Planning Your Trip
Before heading for the Lake District, it’s worth doing some forward planning to ensure you get the most out of your trip. Each valley and lake has its own distinct character, and doing some research on the different regions before you go will help you to determine the area that best fits your interests.
It’s also worth thinking about the time of year you want to visit. June to August is peak season, with crowds, traffic jams and increased prices. For a more tranquil break, think about visiting during the ‘shoulder season’ – April and May offer fairly settled weather, and September and October visitors are treated to autumnal displays of colour.
Whatever time of year you visit, the weather can be unpredictable and you should probably expect to see rain at some point during your stay. So make sure you pack appropriately, particularly if you are going to be tackling some of those challenging peaks.
With more than 15 million people visiting the Lake District each year, this national park is easily one of the UK’s most popular destinations. So why not enjoy the advantages for yourself and spend some time discovering the Lakes this year yourself!