Guide to Lake District Holidays, UK

You’ll be pushed to find a better place to escape the hum drum of everyday life, either for a weekend or summer holiday. The Lake District offers beautiful lakes, mountains, picturesque villages and alpine landscapes all within a small area of 30 miles across in Cumbria.

It would be difficult to write a guide, even a bitesize guide, to the Lake District without mentioning some of the region’s literary connections. From Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey and De Quincey to Sir Hugh Walpole, Norman Nicholson and John Ruskin. Each leaving their mark and helping the Lake District to become world famous. The Lake District also has an industrial past, the many mines, quarries and mills now converted to tourist use.

Today its local economy is very much based on tourism, apart from having the largest number of pubs in one single area, many dating back hundreds of years, approximately half of the 45,000 residents make their living from tourism.

If you are undecided on where to base yourself, try searching from our list of campsites in the North West

Touring around the Lake District

With such a small area to cover, you could discover much of it within a long weekend, but spend a week here and really find some treasures that only those who look hard enough will find.

Most visitors head to Windermere, via Ambleside and onto Grasmere to see the famous Wordsworth houses of Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage. Those who have time could take a cruise on Lake Windermere or Coniston Water. If you really know what you are looking for you will head to Tarn Hows and Grizedale Forest, two hidden gems near Coniston Water.

Fancy a bit of climbing? Or just take in the sheer heady heights of England’s highest mountain range, including 4 mountains that peak at over 3000ft, Scafell Pike, Scafell, Helvellyn and Skiddaw.

The towns and villages of the Lake District provide excellent places to base yourselves or provide a welcome rest and somewhere to eat and drink. Popular towns include Ambleside, Keswick, Cockernouth, Kendal, Bassenthwaite and Penrith.

Top 5 places not too miss in the Lake District

    1. Tarn Hows
  • 2. Kendal
  • 3. Borrowdale
  • 4. Cartmel
  • 5. Coniston Water

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