The Lake District is a probably one of the most beautiful places in the UK. From the lush green rolling hills to the deep blue lakes sparkling in the sunshine, there really is no place like it. Then there are the quaint and charming towns and villages dotted around the lakes framed with the backdrop of the amazing reflections as the fells echo into the glistening surface of the water like a mirror.
The stunning scenery and undulating landscape of the Lake District has provided inspiration for many writers and poets including William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. You can visit the homes of both Wordsworth and Potter and see where their ideas came to be captured in such iconic pieces of work. The Lake District has also inspired some wonderful paintings and there are art shops dotted around the area where you can purchase a little bit of the scenery to display in your home.
The lake at Windermere is particularly well know and is a wonderful place for water sports like waterskiing, kayaking and wakeboarding or just simply enjoying rowing a boat out into the water for a relaxing afternoon. There are also steamer boats trips where you can marvel at the spectacular views from the peace and serenity of the lake.
Every year thousands of walkers head to the Lake District to hike the fells of the Lake District and Wainwright’s ever popular routes. For those who fancy being a little more adventurous, the Lake District offers the opportunity to get out in the great outdoors and try out mountain biking, skydiving, caving, rafting and paragliding to name but a few of the extreme activities on offer.
There are plenty of hotels and B&B’s that offer holiday accommodation in the Lake District but perhaps one of the best ways to see the area is by staying in a Lake District holiday cottage. This means that you can stay in one of the most lovely towns, villages or hamlets in heart of the Lake District countryside. Or for something really special choose a cottage that is truly tucked away into the landscape.
Choosing to stay in a self-catering cottage means that you can really indulge in wonderful local produce from farmers markets and local producers. The Lake District is a foodie paradise with Cumberland sausage and locally reared lamb some of the specialities on offer. There are numerous micro breweries in the area if you like locally brewed ales and for those of you with a sweet tooth, be sure to try some Grasmere Gingerbread, Cartmel sticky toffee pudding and Kendal mint cake. Reason in themselves to take a trip to the Lake District!
There are also some wonderful, quality restaurants, pubs and cafes in the Lake District that really showcase the best of the Lake District! A trip to a local village pub is also a great way to get stuck into local village life in the north west of England.