The Ultimate Weekend Getaway: 48 hours in the Lake District

Thursday 14 September 2023
Woman with outstretched arms on a boat on the lake

 

Embark on an exhilarating journey to uncover one of Britain's most extraordinary regions with an unforgettable 48-hour escapade to the Lake District. Tucked away in England’s northwest corner in Cumbria, this hidden gem beckons with its awe-inspiring glacial lakes, imposing mountain ranges, and landscapes that seem plucked from a fairy tale inviting even the most novice adventurer to delight in its geological wonders and hidden treasures.

How do I get there?

While the Lake District is accessible by train, the best way to explore the region is by car. It offers the flexibility to navigate the area at your own pace. If you're coming from Manchester, Leeds, or Liverpool, you can reach the Lake District in as little as two hours by car. Alternatively, take the scenic route from Glasgow or Edinburgh, which will take just under four hours. For car rental options, you can check out companies such as Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, and Budget. If you prefer train travel, visit National Rail  for more information on train services to and from the Lake District.

Where to lodge?

Nestled within the enchanting Lake District, a region known for its picturesque villages and stunning landscapes including Windermere, Ambleside, and Keswick, you'll discover a range of accommodations that promise an unforgettable stay. If you’re looking for a tranquil weekend getaway, the Old Vicarage B&B in Ambleside beckons with its idyllic setting, offering not only breathtaking views but also indulgent spa amenities and of course breakfast in bed. A similarly warm and inviting experience can be found at the Royal Oak Inn. Its cozy ambiance and prime location in the heart of Keswick make it an ideal choice for those who wish to explore the town's magnetic charms and lakeside adventures. Meanwhile, the Denehurst Guest House in Windermere provides a comfortable retreat in the heart of Windermere, with modern amenities to ensure a relaxing experience at the end of a thrilling day. For those seeking the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation, the North Lakes Hotel & Spa, located just a stone's throw from Keswick, offers a rejuvenating experience with its spa facilities. If luxury is what you desire, indulge yourself with a stay at the opulent Storrs Hall Hotel in Windermere, where modern design meets serene lake views. Alternatively, slip into the art of tranquillity with a stay at the newly renovated Langdale Chase which will re-open it’s doors just in time for the holiday season in December 2023. The enchanting Victorian villa offers guests incredible lakeside views, cultural charm and cuisine from a two-AA-rosette rated chef, Michael Cole. Finally, for a chic and boutique escape, the Rothay Manor in Ambleside offers stylish accommodations in a tranquil setting. Each of these accommodations adds a unique touch to your Lake District adventure, promising a stay that complements the natural beauty and wonder of this enchanting region.

Amazing eats!

The lake district offers more than just physical adventure – prepare to embark on a delectable gastronomic journey too. Cartmel stands out as a culinary hotspot, boasting an impressive four Michelin stars shared between L’enclume and Rogan and Co.. L’enclume, with its prestigious three Michelin stars, promises a dining experience of unparalleled creativity and excellence, while Rogan and Co. adds to the culinary magic of Cartmel. Check-in at the Gilpin Hotel in Windemere for those seeking luxury and gourmet delights. Its exceptional restaurant, SOURCE, serves up innovative meals amidst an elegant setting. However, don't miss the chance to savour the authentic flavours of the Lake District's traditional cuisine. Discover local delicacies such as Grasmere Gingerbread, Windemere Char, Cumberland Sausage and Sticky Toffee Pudding in the Cottage in the Wood or scour the local high streets for the renowned Cumberland Sausage, a culinary gem exclusive to the Cumbria region. And, of course, no visit to the Lake District is complete without indulging in England's finest Sticky Toffee Pudding, found at the Cartmel Village Shop - a true dessert lover's paradise. These culinary delights promise to not only satisfy your taste buds but also immerse you in the rich and diverse flavours of the Lake District.

What adventures await?

Prepare to unleash your inner adventurer in the Lake District, where the possibilities are as endless as the stunning landscapes that surround you. The question isn't what to do, but rather, where to start your next thrilling adventure. For climbing enthusiast, the Lake District is your vertical playground. Test out your abseiling skills with Rock’N’Ridge’s various locations across the region. Conquer iconic peaks or discover secluded lakes with a self-guided tour of the Lake’s Districts hidden gems and explore lesser-known scenic sights. For those who crave off-roading excitement, the Lake District's network of trails and forest tracks beckons. Hop on an all-terrain vehicle with Graythwaite Adventure or a mountain bike through Grizdale Forest and navigate through dense woodlands, splashing through streams and ascending to breathtaking viewpoints. Engage in even steeper adrenaline-pumping activities, from challenging obstacle courses and suspended rope bridges with a day pass at Honister Pass. Let's not forget the unlimited water activities this enchanted lake laden region offers. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a beginner kayaker, the glacial lakes are a plunging paradise. Dive into activities like sailing, wake surfing, paddleboarding, or even wild swimming in the crystal-clear waters. Coming in Spring 2024, the Whitehaven recreational centre, the Edge. will mark the start of the Coast to Coast bike trail and offer water sports activities, guest accommodation and plenty of cultural activities.

For even more adventures, explore the myriad options at Lake District Activities, where you can tailor your escapades to your preferences, whether it's gorge scrambling, canyoning, or bushcraft skills. With a commitment to inclusivity, this stunning region offers a plethora of accessible adventures that allow everyone to bask in its unparalleled beauty. Delight in the tranquillity of the Lakes with accessible walking trails, or lake side cruises with Windermere Lake Cruises, or dive into thrill seeking activities with organisations like Calvert Trust. Check out Accessible Cumbria for information on accessible paths. Discover the magic of the Lake District with these adventures to create lasting memories amidst its natural wonders.

 

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