Experience the dramatic scenery of the Lake District

Experience the dramatic scenery of the Lake District

The Lake District provides the perfect antidote to modern living. While Britain’s cities offer a fast pace of life, an exciting mix of cultures and an impressive skyline, the Lake District serves up magnificent, rugged scenery, peace and tranquillity, and allows visitors to spend a few days getting back to nature.

Where to stay

There are a handful of picturesque towns and villages in which to stay in the Lake District, littered with walking stores, quaint cafes and pretty boutiques. Three of the most popular ones are Keswick, Windermere and Ambleside, with tourists flocking to these delightful towns on relaxing getaways and walking holidays.

Keswick lies at the heart of the Northern Lakes surrounded by craggy mountains and expanses of lake. As well as being situated near to the prominent peaks of Grisedale Pike and Causey Pike as well as the massive Skiddaw, the market town also contains the famous Theatre by the Lake, which is the permanent home for performances and festivals.

Meanwhile, Windermere is situated around its eponymous lake – the largest natural lake in England at 17km long. Visitors can pass time enjoying a walk along the lakeside, with breathtaking panoramic views of the lakes and mountains, or taking part in some water-based activities. They can opt for travelling around the area by steamer, open-top bus or steam locomotive, or discover the lake themselves in a rowing boat, dinghy or cruiser.

Ambleside sits at the head of Windermere and the foot of the Kirkstone Pass, and is very popular with visitors thanks to its location in the very heart of the Lake District with easy transport links to Grasmere, Keswick, Windermere and the Langdales. The pretty Victorian town encompasses a wealth of gardens worth exploring, with Stockghyll Park, with its winding paths, bridges and waterfalls, being a particularly pleasant one.

What to do

There are plenty of shops, cafes and pubs in the Lake District but its greatest draw by far is its natural scenery. England’s largest National Park stands at 885 square miles and encompasses numerous mountains and valleys, lakes and rivers, waterfalls and forests and woodland.

When it comes to mountains, there are plenty of well-trodden routes on mountains of varying difficulties for hikers to sink their teeth into. The Langdale Pikes, the iconic Great Gable and Helvellyn – the District’s third highest mountain – are all favourites. Fairfield contains some popular walks, while fantastic views can be seen from the ancient Skiddaw, with its large, flat peak, and for serious climbing enthusiasts there is Scafell Pike – the highest peak in England at 978 metres.

As you would imagine in a location called the Lake District, natural water features are everywhere. There are plenty of magnificent lakes around which to enjoy a tranquil stroll or a family picnic. Windermere Lake is the best known body of water, being England’s largest natural lake, and is surrounded by the towns and villages of the district. However, there are plenty of others to see too, like the meandering Ullswater, the crystal clear Thirlmere, which encompasses a picturesque wooded shoreline, and Esthwaite water, which is commonly rated as one of the finest lakes in the district.

Before you set off
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1 Comment

  1. Hi,

    Great info, been thinking of going to the Lake district to tackle some gorges and that, need to find more out about access code down south first though.

    Thanks for info!

    Joe

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