Holidays in the Lake District

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Tourist information about the Lake District

Things it would be useful to know before arriving for a holiday in the Lake District


Having a holiday in the Lake District is a wonderful way to experience some of the most naturally stunning landscapes that the United Kingdom has to offer. Located in the county of Cumbria in the northwest of England, the Lake District, or Lakeland as it is tenderly known, is home to the tallest mountain and largest lake in England – Scafell Pike and Lake Windermere respectively, as well as other areas of beauty including woodland, rolling hills, delightful towns and friendly villages. Taking your friends, family or both on an inspiring, cultural and relaxing holiday in the Lake District will be a trip that you will all never forget and you will want to return to the region time and time again. But there are lots of things that would be useful to know before arriving for a holiday in the Lake District, from things to take with you, places to see and things to do.

If you are a keen walker then it would be useful to know that there are countless trails and hikes you can take part in, and the most challenging of these is climbing up to the highest peak in England, Scafell Pike. From valleys such as Langdale and Eskdale you can begin your ascent to the top of the mountain to take in the incredible panoramic views all around you. Knowing that there are plenty of opportunities for trekking and walking you may wish to arrange routes before you arrive in the Lake District, or hire/buy hiking boots and equipment to make your climb that little bit easier!

Keen photographers may wish to snap up gorgeous images of the stunning scenery and landscapes and if you are into painting, you may wish to prepare and take paints, pencils and other media to capture the stunning Lake District on paper. Writers may also be inspired by the backdrops and you may find romantic poetry flowing out of you. If this is the case and you are a budding poet then it will be handy to know that the early 19th century poet, William Wordsworth, used to reside in the district, and one of his homes, Dove Cottage, has been beautifully preserved. Being virtually unchanged since Wordsworth’s years of living there from 1799 until 1808, it makes a fantastic place to visit, and there is also a Wordsworth museum next to the cottage featuring hand-written letters from the wordsmith.

If you love Peter Rabbit and co., then you should definitely take a trip to The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere. This attraction brings the Beatrix Potter tales to life through wonderful displays, and visitors can also learn about the brilliant author and illustrator who used to live in the Lake District.

Swimmers may want to know about the Great North Swim which takes place on Lake Windermere, so that you can train and plan for the event before possibly participating when you arrive on holiday. With about 10,000 people taking part each year, it is the UKs biggest swimming event held in open water and there are different lengths of swims that you can partake in.

The Lake District is packed full of things to do and it is certainly useful to know of some of them before you arrive for your holiday in this stunning part of the UK.