Fabulous Lake District
Nestled in the north west of England, the rolling landscape, glacial waters, dense forests, and snow-capped mountains need to be seen in person to fully appreciate this dramatic landscape.
Discover the Lake District
Home to England’s largest National Park and Unesco world heritage site, the Lake District is famous for its moody landscapes and dramatic scenery. As its name suggests, lakes dot the national park, including England’s longest and its deepest. Punctuated mountains, including England’s highest, add to the magnificence of the landscape.
With so much on offer, the region is a perfect holiday spot for families and couples alike, particularly for those who like to spend time outside. Whether it’s gentle walks through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, scaling rock faces or partaking in water sports, there is no shortage of activities to undertake.
After a busy day exploring the incredible scenery, the Lake District plays host to an amazing array of restaurants and pubs to unwind in. From delicious Michelin star eateries to traditional country pubs, there is always somewhere to watch the sunset over the spectacular backdrop.
Here we feature four of our more popular destinations in the Lake District where we showcase a selection of fabulous holiday cottages, lodges and unique places to stay on your next trip.
At over ten and a half miles long, Windermere Lake is the largest in England, making it a very popular destination for visitors. The nearby town of the same name is a traditional bustling market town, while Bowness-on-Windermere sits on the shoreline and is perfect for those looking to be closer to the lake.
The lake is certainly the region’s main attraction, giving holidaymakers the chance to participate in a wide array of water sports. However, for those looking for a more relaxing trip, the surrounding towns are perfect for a bit of retail therapy or relaxing over a spot of lunch as you watch the world go by.
One of the most popular local attractions, however is the World of Beatrix Potter. Aimed at visitors of every generation, the attraction has life-sized models of some of the most iconic characters from the books, alongside fascinating insight into the stories.
The region is also famed for its beautiful walking routes. Whether it is the 45 mile Windermere Way walk around the lake or a gentle stroll through the surrounding countryside, Windermere is a stunning location to explore. If after all that walking you want to sit back, then there is a wide variety of restaurants and cafes to choose from.
Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District and is famed for its breath-taking mountain scenery to the south alongside the beautiful rolling hills to the north. The region consists of multiple villages and small towns dotted around the lake.
The market town of Penrith sits just six miles to the north of the lake and is a vibrant and bustling location. Once the capital of Cumbria, the town is now a mix of local shops and delicious restaurants. However, the lake itself remains of the biggest attractions, with a number of boat trips and water activities such as windsurfing, kayaking and sailing.
The region is incredibly popular for walking, with some fantastic routes that take in the local scenery. Visitors can also explore some of the historical villages that surround the lake, such as the medieval Patterdale village, where legend has it Saint Patrick converted the locals to Christianity, to the picturesque Pooley Bridge. The region around Ullswater also has some fantastic traditional pubs serving up delicious pub grub.
The historic village of Cartmel is one of the most picturesque spots in the whole of the Lake District, making it a popular place for holidaymakers of all ages. The village sits in the heart of a stunning valet and offers incredible views over the South Lakeland Fells.
The village is the perfect base to explore the beautiful local landscape, with visitors able to undertake a vast array of outdoor activities, including walking, cycling and swimming. Cartmel is also packed with historical sites, including the iconic Cartmel Priory Church, which has been a feature of the region for hundreds of years. A stroll through the village will also unveil some incredible cottages and well-kept gardens, making it a quaint and idyllic spot.
However, while the area is steeped in a rich history, it is far from a destination trapped in the past. Cartmel hosts an array of modern restaurants and cafes serving up delicious cuisine, while there are also an array of fantastic pubs to while away several hours in.
Cartmel also hosts some fantastic independent artisan shops serving up everything from fresh produce to handmade clothing.
Coniston is one of the most popular lakeside villages in the whole of the Lake District and is a popular beauty spot for locals and holidaymakers alike. Based on the shores of Coniston Lake, visitors will be able to take in some of the region’s most picturesque beauty spots.
The village is over 400 years old, and walking through the streets reveals cottages and attractions steeped in history. Brantwood House is one of the most famous of these properties, famous for being the home of iconic poet John Ruskin. The house is open throughout the year for viewings, and the village also hosts the Ruskin museum for those looking to find out more.
No matter where you stroll through the village, the 800m high fell ‘Old Man of Coniston’ is an ever-present sight and is a popular spot for walkers thanks to a number of routes leading to the summit. For those looking for a more adrenalin-fuelled adventure, then Coniston also has some fantastic rock climbing options alongside a range of water sports.