A trip to the United Kingdom can never be complete without a visit to this magical land – ‘Lake District National Park’. This land of scenic beauty has been a great source of inspiration to renowned poets, writers, artists including William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lake Poets among others. Another noteworthy mention here is Beatrix Potter who was responsible in conserving most of the beautiful landscape of the Lake District that we enjoy today.
Good to know
- Lake District is England’s largest National Park
- Scafell Pike in the Lake District is the highest mountain in England
- Wastwater in the Lake District is the deepest lake in England
- Windermere in the Lake District is the largest natural lake in England
- Herdwick is the breed of sheep native to Cumbria
- Fell Ponies are native to Cumbria and Northumberland.
How to get there?
Lake District is well connected to London and the rest of UK and can be reached by road or trains or air. Manchester and Glasgow are the nearest airports. The interiors of the Lake District can be explored by bus, car, cruises, bike or foot. Few roads are very steep. As an alternative, try one of the efficient and informative tours conducted by the tour operators. Also expect long queues and delays during holidays.
Where to stay and eat?
There are abundant accommodation options for all budgets. Accommodations are pricier and busier during the peak seasons, so plan ahead and book them early. Lake District has many excellent restaurants, so after an eventful day, one will never be short of restaurants or pubs to fulfil their appetite.
What to Do?
4 x 4, Canoeing, Cycling, Fishing, Kayaking, Paragliding, Sailing, Trekking, Walking, Windsurfing, etc
When to Visit?
Our personal preference would be during the Easter Break or Autumn. Easter Break is ideal to view the daffodils in bloom and the snow clad peaks. Autumn is ideal to see the leaves turn from green to yellow.
We stayed in the beautiful town of Bowness-On-Windermere which was easy to access other areas of the Lakes. For the first two days we booked the excellent tours with Mountain Goat Tours. This is our 3 day itinerary and was helpful in visiting most of the Lake District attractions.
Castlerigg Stone Circle (They were constructed around 3200BC)
The walk to the waterfalls is not suitable for prams and aged people.
William Wordsworth was inspired to write ‘The Daffodils’ poem after seeing the daffodils on the shores of Ullswater.
Hardknott and Wrynose Mountain passes
Hardknott Roman Fort
Ravenglass and Eskdale railway
This railway is a 15 inch (381mm) minimum gauge heritage railway.
(Muncaster Castle is the home of World Owl Trust)
Other attractions in the Lake District are Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop Farm, Hadrian’s Wall, Honister Slate Mines, Scenic Settle Carlisle Railway, Hartside Pass, South Tyne Valley, Yewdale Valley, etc.