The Lake District makes up almost a thousand square miles of land in the northwest of England which has seduced some of the world’s greatest minds over the years. It’s easy to see why. Yes, it’s named for a good reason – there are lots of lakes – but it’s not just water sports the UK’s favourite national park has to offer.
But if you’re thinking of planning a trip to the lakes this year, you might need a little help, particularly if you’ve never been lucky enough to visit before. We have some helpful tips to make sure your journey is a success.
How to get around
Despite the name, the Lake District is not the easiest place to traverse by water. Indeed, it’s made up of many lakes. It’s possible to travel by public transport but due to the natural chaos of the landscape (which is what makes it so beautiful), it’s not home to the most reliable bus and train services in the country. That’s why, if you’re thinking of travelling to the Lake District, we’d always recommend going by car. If you don’t own one you could always rent for a week or even buy a cheap used Audi and sell it after you’re finished with your trip.
The towns you need to visit
The entry point to the region has always been Windermere, with its namesake lake taking you through 11 incredible miles. You can even take a lake cruise here for a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Hawkshead is a less famous but no less beautiful tourist destination located on the western edge of Windermere that’s popular with literature fans as the home of Beatrix Potter. Keswick, meanwhile, is the most northern of the Lake District towns and Grasmere is famous as the one-time home of Wordsworth, often referred to as history’s greatest poet.
Best walks and hikes
The Lake District boasts some of the most picturesque hiking trails in the world, with dozens of trails mapped out for rambling enthusiasts. There are trails suitable for any level of fitness, from 3-mile scrambles to epic treks across some of the highest peaks in the land. For beginners, we’d recommend the walk up to the peak of Catbells. It’s a little steep but when you get to the top you’ll discover one of the most incredible views in the UK.
What else to do?
It might be the best place in the UK to go for a hike but there is so much more to do in the Lake District. Cycling with the family, water sports activties, discovering some of the best country pubs in the world or take the kids to the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness. You’ll certainly struggle to be bored.
Finally, the people of the Lake District are friendly and welcoming, and visitors will find a warm reception in the many local pubs and restaurants. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, the UK Lake District is a wonderful choice.
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