Welcome to The Lake District – a website dedicated to all things about ‘The Lakes’ – a beautiful part of English countryside located in Cumbria, a northern county – home to some of the nations most famous lakes, stunning landscapes, and an age old spot for british holidaymakers and foreign tourists alike.
The Lake District or ‘Lakes’ is a mountainous region, home to beautiful peaks and look outs which descend into a whopping assortment of over 80 lakes, or ‘bodies of water’ – the vast lakes in the Lake District are phenomenal. Technicality aside, the beauty of the region cannot be overrated. In summer the large lakes and streams are veritable playgrounds for water lovers while the spring and autumn months transform the majestic landscapes with shades of auburn, amber, and emerald. Even the winter months boast fantastic views with frozen lakes, frosty forests, and of course some slopes for skiers.
Whether you are considering the lakes for a family holiday, couples getaway, group adventure, or spa retreat – you won’t be disappointed; there are plenty of things to do in the Lake District. The area, much of which is a protected National Trust site, has retained its natural beauty and rural charm whilst being well endowed with tourist amenities from luxury boutique hotels, to budget backpackers hostels, and a huge selection of traditional cottages up for short-term rent. The Lakes is a popular family destination – and so you are likely to find many of the hotels are not only family friendly but also pet friendly too!
What’s more the region is littered with a sumptuous selection of restaurants and cafes – everything from traditional British menus to fine international cuisine is represented here, and all kinds of modern tastes and diets are catered for throughout the district. The Lakes are also home to some of the nation’s best traditional English pubs, microbreweries and farms, all of which you can visit and sample produce from during your stay. The Lake District can also brag of not one, not two, but three Michelin Star restaurants – so you really can sample some excellent cuisine during your stay.
The Lake District UK is a vast area of Northern England, encompassing several hamlets, several dozen villages, over a dozen towns, and even the large metropolitan city of Carlisle. Visitors to the area are never disappointed with the variety of amenities on offer and the number of dining and entertainment venues within easy reach of most of the local settlements. Popular hubs for visitors include Bowness-on-Windermere, Keswick, Ambleside, and Grasmere – but the rural area is easily traversed by road, so wherever you are staying, reaching the neighbouring towns and villages will never be difficult.
The area’s narrow roads lined by old flint walls that speak to the age of the area are sometimes a challenge in wider vehicles or bad conditions, however the journey itself is a treasure, with stunning views waiting around every corner. Some of the roads have excellent vantage points from which passengers can look over the green peaks and valleys, seeing the way the dizzy heights cast mammoth shadows across the sun dappled fields and lakes below.
The area boasts a number of hills, crags, and mountains for the avid climber – including the highest peak in England – Scafell Pike. The National Trust has designated a huge selection of well maintained walking routes for wanderers of all abilities, and tour companies offer supervised climbs and walks that off further from the beaten trail. During summer, the many lakes, meres, tarns, and waters that give the district it’s name are perfect for water sports of all kinds – from rowing to jet skiing, and the surrounding countryside excellent for biking, rambling, climbing, abseiling, exploring, camping, or just picnicking with the family.
On rainy days, the landscapes of The Lake District are still just as breathtaking if not a little slippery – so be careful when walking. If wax jackets and wellington boots aren’t your style, never fear – the region is rich in indoor culture and activities too. Home to some of the nations best loved poets and authors, including Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, there are several popular destinations for literacy lovers – not to mention being a top UK destination for painting excursions, as the English vistas have inspired creativity throughout the centuries.
Other rainy day activities include a wide selection of traditional tea rooms offering up high tea or simple scones throughout the day; a littering of luxury spas and beauty parlours; craft cafes that make a great day out for the whole family; wildlife centres, theatres, and much much more.
You can reach The Lake District easily by car, rail, and even by bus. Blackpool and Manchester are the nearest airports, and the train station closest to the Lake District is Oxenholme. Oxenholme Rail Station will take you closest to the centre of The Lakes such as Kendal and surrounds. However, depending on where you are hoping to visit in the region you can also get trains to Carlisle, Penrith, Windermere, Barrow, and Kendal. Many of the main stations within the United Kingdom run services to the Lake District, including Newcastle, Manchester, York, Leeds, London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.