As the UK’s top holiday destination for years, the Lake District is a great place for those looking for a picturesque outdoors adventure away from home.
"If you are a fan of literature, you will appreciate The Lakes rich literary history."
Laying in the North West of England, in the county of Cumbria is the most popular holiday destination in the UK, the Lake District.
Home of Beatrix Potter and famous for its 19th Century poets, such as William Wordsworth, the Lake District is bursting will culture and history that is not to be missed.
The Lake District is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you want to go hiking, boating, or just get away from city life for a few days, you will love The Lakes.
There is a good reason why so many Britons return year after year. If you are looking for a breath of fresh air and some time outdoors, then this is the place for you.
England’s Best Adventure
If you are in search of some adventure, you won’t want to miss the Treetop Trek at Brockhole Windermere. You can climb, swing, and fly through their ancient oak woodland canopy.
Work your way through the 34 stages of their obstacle course in the sky then take a zip trip down the 250 metre descent.
There are adventures for all ages and ability levels. Take the full trip for two hours or try the mini trek for families that last about an hour, which is great for kids five years old and up.
If you want a different kind of challenge, take the 30 minute climb up their 10 metre climbing wall then ride the zip line back down.
Hike to the Top
At 3,000 feet high, Skiddaw is England’s fourth tallest mountain. It’s an amazing place for hikers and there is even a walking path for novice trekkers.
Plan for an afternoon climb, then sit and enjoy the views of the town of Keswick and Derwentwater.
If you are planning a winter trip, be sure to check out all of the skiing options from the Lake District Ski Club. They operate a 360 metre button tow on Raise that will lead you up the path to some of England’s best skiing terrain.
It’s very close to Helvellyn in the Lake District National Park and you can ski there for just £30 per day or pick up a season pass for £55.
Soak in the Culture
Theatre by the Lake in Keswick has the most picturesque location for a theatre. They run nine different productions throughout the year which range from classic to modern to contemporary.
Check out the schedule beforehand and plan ahead, then spend an evening watching some of the best local theatre actors. The Jennings Keswick Jazz Festival at Theatre by the Lake is one of the year’s top events. It’s held annually in early May and runs for four days.
If you plan early, you can get a four-day pass for £99. Even if you aren’t a diehard jazz fan, plan an afternoon to go and enjoy the atmosphere. Daily entrance prices range from £25 to £39 depending on the day you choose to go.
If you are a fan of literature, you will appreciate The Lakes rich literary history. William Wordsworth spent fourteen years in Grasmere and described it as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’. If you want to see the view from his eyes, visit his former home at Dove Cottage.
Cruise Around the Lakes
The Lake District is one of the best places to go on an afternoon drive. Take the Honister Pass to Buttermere then cross back down the Newlands Pass or Whinlatter Pass for an unparalleled view of the lush landscape.
If you would rather get the view from off the road, check out Windermere Lake Cruises. They have a range of options that run from 45 minutes to three hours. They also have a few package options that allow you to travel even further afield.
You can take the boat from Bowness to Lakeside then hop on the bus to Lakeland Motor Museum. The museum is packed with 30,000 exhibits from over the course of motorised history.
If you want to stay on the water, plan for the ‘Three Boats and a Walk’ package. You can sail off in a traditional wooden boat from Ambleside Pier to Wray Castle Pier.
You will be able to get off the boat for a leisurely stroll then hop on another classic wooden ship to Bowness. At Bowness you can stop for a cup of tea and a piece of cake at the Lakeside Cafe then head back to Ambleside.
When travelling to the Lake District, a car can come in handy, but it is hardly your only option. Trains leave every couple of hours from London and it will just cost you around £33 and a bit under three hours to get there. If you are coming from the north, the trip from Glasgow is less than two hours and costs around £10.
So if it’s some picturesque British landscape you want to soak up, the Lake District is the perfect place. With so much classical literature and poetry written into the scenery, the Lake District won’t be short of expectations.
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