Long weekends in the Lake District

One of England’s most beautiful landscapes is undoubtably the Lake Districts, with its rolling landscapes and epic backdrops, it’s easy to see why so many visit this area of the UK. Here’s why you should too.

Rent a cosy cottage

The lake district is filled with pretty towns and villages with an abundance of cute and cosy cottages. It’s easy to find a lake district cottage online these days and there’s some beautiful properties with stunning views. Everything from one bedroom thatched cottages to grand 9 bedroom houses overlooking the lakes. Definitely the best way to enjoy the surroundings.

Lakes to see

As the name would suggest this district is filled with lakes so a visit to a few of them is a must. The most popular is Lake Windermere and it’s the largest natural lake in England. It’s one of the most accessible with the town of Windermere catering for the thousands of tourists who flock here every year. There’s also Coniston Water which, as well as being a beautiful natural landmark, was also the venue for the famous water speed records by the Campbell family in the 30s and 50s. It’s also the perfect place to go kayaking and canoeing.

Towns to visit

Besides visiting its beautiful lakes, the lake district has some historical towns worth checking out. The market town of Kendal is one of the most notable with the remains of the castle in the centre of town. Other towns worth visiting include Ableside where William Wordsworth’s house is located,¬†Appleby-in-Westmorland which is a small and quiet town with a beautiful castle and the larger historical town of Penrith which is just outside the boundaries of the Lake District National Park but worth a visit while you’re in Cumbria.

Things to do

There’s so much to do in this part of the UK. You could take a walk around the ruins of Kendal Castle. Take a boat journey along the lake at Windermere, hire a kayak on Coniston Water. Ride on a steam train at the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. Get some exercise on a high-ridge walk in the hills and valleys. Enjoy afternoon tea with a view at one of the many tea-shops or an ice cream by the water’s edge at one of the many lakes and waters in the Lake District.