It’s difficult to overstate the beauty of the Lake District. The area’s sparkling lakes, secret valleys and picturesque stone-built villages have captivated generations of visitors and inspired many famous artists.
Wast Water, Lake District
A place of superlatives, the Lake District National Park is the largest in the UK and boasts England’s highest mountain – Scafell Pike – and its largest lake – Lake Windermere.
The area has long been a magnet for artists and writers. Visit Hill Top cottage to see where Beatrix Potter penned many of her famous works, or retrace the footsteps of William Wordsworth at his home Dove Cottage, now a quaint museum packed full of memorabilia.
Billed as the ‘Gateway to the Lakes’, Kendal in South Cumbria makes a natural first stop on your Lake District adventure while the market town of Keswick provides a great base for exploring the northern lake and the beauty of nearby Borrowdale.
Did you know? You can fly 200m across the top of Grizedale forest with Go Ape’s tree top adventure course. Designed to entertain tarzans big and small, expect to traverse the tree canopy on zip wires and aerial walkways.
Be sure to check out Go Lakes for more info on places to stay and events in the area.
The Lake District is in Cumbria, North West England. It's around 3.5 hours away from London by train and 1.5 hours from Manchester International airport.