The Lake District: Top Tips, Recommendations and Travel Advice

Lauren Grice is a passionate travel writer specialising in European destinations. She has over two years' experience in travel writing and her favourite locations include the Lake district, France and the USA.

Known as the country's capital of scenic walking, the Lake District National Park has attracted tourists for hundreds of years. Boasting an incredible range of scenic mountains, beautiful woodland areas, and stunning lakes, the Lakes are arguably England's most beautiful tourist destination of all. While it may have a reputation as an outdoor sportsman's dream, the Lake District is home to a variety of attractions that will please any type of visitor, including those that prefer a more laid-back vacation. Home to some of England's most charming hotels, many of which offer beautiful views of woodland areas and scenic lakes, the Lake District is a fantastic B&B retreat destination.

The region is questionably Britain's top destination for gentle, scenic walks; and many of the best trails are easily accessible for novices. Enjoy mild walking tracks that loop around some of the region's most stunning bodies of water. Guidebooks of the district – and the whole Cumbria region—are widely stocked in local hotels.

Some of the region's strolls take visitors to remote castle ruins, beautiful valleys, and gorgeous lakeside walkways. The gentle walk to Castle Crag in Borrowdale is regarded as one of the region's best scenic walks, taking visitors past gorgeous vistas that are regarded by Alfred Wainwright as 'the finest square mile in Lakeland.'

Other Attractions

Staying true to its name, some of the most popular attractions in the Lake District are the lakes themselves. Lake Windermere, the largest in the region—and, in fact, the largest in England—is served by several boating companies that offer trips out onto the lake for leisure, sightseeing, and pike fishing.

As one of the country's top culinary districts, it is also home to hundreds of charming English pubs and restaurants. Enjoy local produce and delicious treats at one of the areas many small restaurants, or sample delicious home-cooked meats, such as the famous Cumberland sausage or roast lamb.

Home to some of the country's most charming museums, the Lake District is a great place to enjoy an educational holiday. Visit the Armitt Library and Museum for a look at local history, or the Cumberland Pencil Museum—an unusual museum documenting the region's innovative history in the art of pencil making.

Accommodation

Finding great accommodation in the Lake District is simple. A wide range of hotels, bed-and-breakfast type inns, and even converted farmhouses are available. Most of the region's accommodation can be found in towns such as Windermere and Keswick.

Due to the region's popularity, it's highly advised to book your accommodation ahead of time. Shearing Holidays are a great place to do so. The Lake District peaks in popularity during August, and finding accommodation in major population centers such as Windermere can become a difficult, and often frustratingly expensive, experience.

We recommend the Windermere Hotel, one of the oldest hotels in in the area- as it overlooks the beautiful village from a hilltop. Alternatively, the Newby bridge Hotel is fantastic has it has private, beautiful gardens and leisure facilities. Another great hotel is the Patterdale Hotel in Patterdale Village, as it overlooks Ullswater, one of the most beautiful lakes in England.

How to Get Here

Getting to the Lake District area from elsewhere in England is simple. Windermere, the area's primary population center, is served by the West Coast rail line. Visitors traveling by car or coach can access the region using the M6 motorway, before turning onto the A590 or A66 highway for the southern and northern lakes, respectively.

From its truly gorgeous scenery to its wide range of relaxing hotels and bed-and-breakfast inns, the Lake District is a charming holiday destination. Whether you're visiting for the sights or the lifestyle, this scenic destination in North West England will deliver a fantastic combination of history, scenery, and relaxation.

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