The Lake District National Park welcomes visitors from all around the world looking to explore its rugged natural beauty every year. Waves of hilltops and mountains make way for shimmering lakes and quaint country lanes, drawing nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to explore.
Trekking, mountain biking and canoeing, plus more activities in the Lake District will appeal to everyone. Here are several more reasons why you have to visit it.
Take your pick of the lakes dotting the region: Coniston, Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater… and get your heart rate up with some fun canoeing or opt for a relaxing sightseeing cruise with a steamer service available at the larger lakes.
Superior dining experience
Did you know that Cumbria, home to the Lake District National Park, hosts the highest concentration of Michelin stars outside of London? Draw up a list of dining stops that includes the recently gilded Gilpin Hotel’s restaurant and The Forest Side, then complete your culinary tour with a visit to The Samling, near Ambleside, and Simon Rogan’s 2-star L’Enclume in Cartmel.
Get cosy in local pubs
You can easily find a country pub serving locally brewed beers tucked in every corner of the region. Pop by The Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater for a taste of award-winning Loweswater Gold produced by the pub’s own brewery.
The Lake District serves up some of the most breathtaking views that have captured the imagination of artists for centuries. Soak it all up while you take a leisurely stroll across the landscape. You can also choose to explore the surrounding idyllic slice of land with an all-terrain mobility scooter, free of charge.
Don’t miss out on Hill Top near Hawkshead. Once home to the beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter, the lovely 17th-century house is now open to the public.
If you’re all about enjoying the beautiful outdoors, but still want an element of comfort and luxury, you’re in luck. Sites for upscale accommodation are spread all over the Lake District, from quirky camping pods to eco-cabins with hot tubs and luxurious yurts – you have plenty of options for a perfect stay close to nature.
Create your own chocolate
Cocoa Bean in Hawkshead offers truffle-making workshops for kids and adults where you can create your own truffles to take home, and you can indulge on the spot, too. Go ahead and enjoy the delicate treats with a glass of complimentary Prosecco.
Lift your spirits with award-winning spirits
The Lakes Distillery on the shores of Bassenthwaite has racked up awards for its distilled spirits, including The ONE blended whisky, The Lakes Gin, The Lakes Vodka, The Lakes Sloe Gin and The Lakes Damson Gin.