Recently awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO, the Lake District is England’s largest National Park and attracts 18 million visitors every year, due to its picturesque landscape. Home to pristine lakes, lush valleys, and craggy mountains, this area of sublime natural beauty is located in the northwest of England in the region of Cumbria, offering glampers an idyllic setting for an unforgettable getaway.
Where to admire the views
At 978 meters, England’s highest summit, Scafell Pike, is a rewarding hike that offers spectacular views of the Lake District on its many routes of varying levels of difficulty, making it accessible to anyone willing to brave the Cumbrian weather. Visitors can also take their Kendal Mint Cake along the challenging twin ridges of Helvellyn or the popular trail to the peak of Skiddaw. The Langdale Valley is inspiring all year round and a great day out for budding photographers.
Where to eat and drink
A well-earned pint can be enjoyed at the Drunken Duck Inn in Ambleside where the cozy ambiance makes for a great place to soothe any aches and pains after a day in the hills. If you’re traveling with your furry friend, pop into the pet-friendly Dog and Gun Pub in Keswick for a steak and ale pie and a pint of the region’s finest craft ale while Fido makes friends with the other canine companions.
What to see
The serenity of the Lake District is a huge draw for poets, writers, and artists, with an array of galleries, museums, and artisan markets prevalent throughout the region. The enchanting former home of Beatrix Potter, the author of the famous children’s story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, is based in the town of Ambleside, where visitors can explore the quintessential English cottage for a memorable family experience.
The Pencil Museum gives you the opportunity to sharpen up on your local knowledge and get an insight into life in the world’s first pencil factory and Wray Castle in Hawkshead is the impressive former training center of the Merchant Navy radio officers, which can only be reached by boat or bicycle.
What to do
It’s not all about walking and hiking in the Lake District, Lake Windermere is the place to be for kayaking and sailing while scenic boat tours of Lake Derwentwater offer breathtaking views of the surrounding fells. The forested mountain park of Whinlatter is home to an array of wildlife as well as the Lake District’s longest purpose-built biking trails including the Quercus Trail, a modest eight-kilometer route, and the Altura Trail, a route designed for experienced cyclists with a high level of off-road skills required.
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