An extremely popular tourist destination due to its astonishing natural beauty, the Lake District National Park is one of North West England’s finest treasures. The area is home to a wealth of rolling hillsides, tranquil lakes and quaint villages, all of which combine to make a picturesque setting where visitors can enjoy a number of pursuits. There is also an abundance of history to be found in the region, from stately houses and preserved mills like the Stott Park Bobbin Mill which is now a working museum, to Roman ruins and the Castlerigg Stone Circle, one of Britain’s earliest stone circles. Whether you plan to sail along Lake Windermere, take a gentle stroll across the hills or just want to relax in one of the cosy local tea shops, there are many holiday cottages in the Lake District that provide the ideal base for the duration of your stay.
Walking is a popular and inexpensive way to take in the remarkable scenery of the district and there is an extensive selection of routes for visitors to choose from. For details on specific walks, guides and books can usually be found in the local tourist information office and hiking shops. Those with limited abilities are also catered for, with a collection of scenic paths called the ‘miles without stiles’. This group of 39 routes is easier to navigate, making them ideal for wheelchair users, families with young children and people with older dogs. You can also try fell walking and rock climbing whilst staying at holiday cottages in the Lake District.
With over 16 beautiful lakes and a striking coastline in the region, there are ample water activities and excursions to enjoy. Windsurfing, canoeing and fishing are all options and there are many centres around the area, such as the Coniston Boating Centre, where you can hire a boat or learn how to sail. Scenic lake voyages are a relaxing way to admire the views and there are several cruise services operating across the waters surrounding holiday cottages in the Lake District, including the award winning Ullswater ‘Steamers’ and the National Trust’s ‘Gondola’, a charming re-built Victorian Steam Yacht.
From tiny fishing villages to quaint market towns, there is an array of locations to explore during your trip where you can learn about the district’s history or enjoy a variety of local foods and crafts. Holiday cottages in the Lake District can be found close to many interesting destinations noted for their beauty such as Ambleside, which is located in the heart of the district, Grasmere, a popular tourist site, Keswick, a vibrant market town, and Penrith, the childhood home of William Wordsworth. When paying a visit to one of these destinations you will also find a generous selection of traditional pubs in the town itself and along the charming country lanes that connect them.
There are many forms of entertainment for families that are staying at holiday cottages in the Lake District, from playgrounds to interactive activities and events. The World of Beatrix Potter is a particularly interesting attraction, featuring model recreations of the exciting tales of Peter Rabbit and friends, virtual walks and short films about the author’s life. For some outdoor fun, the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole has an adventure playground for children as well as beautiful gardens leading to the shores of Lake Windermere. It also features a café, gift shop and provides information regarding the national park and its surroundings.
Walking and cycling are easy ways of getting around when staying at holiday cottages in the Lake District and a bus service connects many of the towns and villages. Visitors can also treat themselves to a ride on a traditional steam locomotive. The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway boasts a particularly scenic route, travelling seven miles from the coastal village of Ravenglass, through two tranquil valleys to the foot of the mountains.