Green hills, quaint cottages, lakes and mid eval towns sound like the English paradise right? Well – it can all be found in Lake District Park, the largest national park of England – known as the most scenic destinations and drives in the country, tourists flock the small little villages around the park every year to go for walks, picnic by the lakes and stroll around the towns.
‘Fishing at Windermere – image by Cumbrian-Cottages.co.uk’
Lakes & Fells
The main attractions are the lakes and fells in the area – there are as many as 16 lakes and several “waters”, which are all unique in their own way.
Windermere is the largest one, and is also the largest natural lake in the country – it has been one of the country’s most popular holiday places every since 1847.
There is no shortage of accommodation in Windermere, and it’s the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the area.
The fells (a local name for hills or mountains) are England’s only true mountain range, and although it’s not very high compared to other mountain ranges in the world, it’s still a nice hike, and there are so many routes and paths to choose (and get lost in!), so don’t forget a map…
The highest one is also the most visited, so if you want a more quiet and peaceful hike, I suggest you go to the smaller ones, some of them actually have nicer views than the big one..!
Another popular place to stay in the Lake District is Ambleside, which is just a short busride away from Windermere. It’s located on the northernmost point of Windermere lake, and can also be reached by boat.
This small little town has been around since Pre- Roman times, and this is where you’ll find the most photographed site in the region: The Bridge House (built in 17th century as an apple store).
Ambleside is a very traditional town full of traditional artifacts, houses and culture, with most of the Ambleside cottages are kept traditional, which is really part of the charm of Ambleside.
Keswick, another town in the area, is the place for nature lovers – both artists and photographers mix with hikers and climbers to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
A great thing about this town is that there are other things to do than scenic walks and climbs – if there is a rainy day (which is, let’s face it, common in England), you probably won’t want to go out hiking.
So luckily there are quite a few nice pubs to spend a few hours, and live music is also very popular around. There is also a very active theater by the lake if you want a more cultural night out.
You will find cute Keswick cottages everywhere, but since it’s such a popular place it’s good to book a place to stay at in advance – also note that few places have car parks, so the best way to visit would be by bus.
There are a couple of pay and display car parks in the town centre, and another close to the lakeside, but on busy days it might still be difficult to find a spot.
Feel tempted to go yet? 😉