Standing at 978 metres high, Scafell Pike is England’s tallest mountain. It’s one of the most hiked hills in the whole of the UK, and is known for being one of three mountains climbed in the notorious Three Peaks Challenge.
If you’re not such a keen climber, don’t despair, there are plenty of gentler routes to try – the trail from Wasdale tends to be pretty popular, and only takes two to three hours to reach the peak. And the views from the top make it all worthwhile. From vast, rolling countryside to crystal-clear lakes, the breath-taking sights are said to have inspired writers like Wordsworth – and on a clear day you’ll be able to see all the way to Scotland, Wales, Ireland and even the Isle of Man.
Hire a Renault Twizy for one, four or eight hours and explore the real nooks and crannies of the Lake District. With no engines, exhausts or fuel systems, they’re the eco-friendliest way to get around.
Sarah Nelson first baked her famous gingerbread in 1854 in the Lake District village of Grasmere. A sweet yet spicy cross between a biscuit and a cake, it’s still a must-try (along with the homemade Rum Butter) if you’re in the area.
This state-of-the-art distillery in Keswick produces a range of gins, vodkas and whiskeys, and even puts on behind-the-scenes tours and tastings for visitors. Or skip the sampling altogether and hang out with the resident alpacas instead.