Renowned for its vast rolling hills, mountains and stunning waters, the Lake District is the one place that can guarantee you an outstanding view. Take the chance to escape to the Lake District and uncover its beauty and history, while also finding some time for yourself, too.


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A canoe for two 

Take to the water as the sun comes up for a fresh feeling of serenity. We'd recommend Ullswater as it’s a little more peaceful than Windermere, while still offering a whole host of activities to enjoy.  Paddleboarding and canoe hire are top contenders here and are perfect for beginners taking on the waters.




Keeping the kids busy

For families, even with the multitude of lake activities, cycling and walking routes on offer in Windermere, we know that sometimes it takes a little more to wear the kids out. 


There are few places better for mountain and road biking than the Lakes — it’s packed with challenging mountains and steep roads. Now it’s even easier to reserve a space for your bike as you can do it online.



Luckily, you can look no further than the Tree Top Treks centre to keep your little monkeys busy! Alternatively, take a short trip over to the haunted Muncaster Castle for some spooks and plenty of family fun.





Take to the hills 

Of course, you can’t make a trip up to the Lakes without taking in the best of its stunning scenery. We suggest you head over to Aira Force at Ullswater, a waterfall boasting impressive scenes of a 70 feet drop! 


For the more adventurous walkers, hike over to Keswick to see the dramatic formation of Castlerigg Stone Circle; you can even stop off at The Lakes Distillery for a tour and a taste for a welcome rest.



A literary lake experience

The Lakes have long inspired some of our greatest writers. William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge and Beatrix Potter all spent time walking the hills and absorbing the atmosphere of this dramatic landscape. 


Delve into the past and seek out the locations where imagination ran wild. Amble over to Grasmere to discover the childhood home of Wordsworth or climb up to Hill Top House and surround yourself in the world of Beatrix Potter. 



Time to slow down

Treat yourself to some time out and get closer to nature at one of the many spas surrounding the Lake District area: perfect after a long day of exploring. 


Head to Daffodil Hotel and Spa if you’re near Ambleside for top quality accommodation and treatments, or, if you’re in the Ullswater area, unwind at Another Place.



Night


Lakeside lounging 

For a laid back evening in the mountains, or perhaps a hearty meal after an afternoon at their Spa, head to Another Place’s Rampsbeck restaurant. A highly reviewed dining experience boasting lake views and hearty food — we’d recommend trying the venison or locally-reared pork.


The tucked-away town of Keswick offers the Theatre on the Lake, an opportunity for a relaxed evening of drama and beautiful lake views. You can even dine here before or after your chosen performance at the Lakeside Café Restaurant. 



 

Fancy some fizz fuelled fun?

As beautiful as the scenery is, there’s so much more to do here than just outdoor activities — especially in the larger town of Windermere. Test your talent at cocktail making with classes at Fizzy Tarté, or let them treat you with their extensive selection. The Arts Bar and Grill is also one to note with its quirky decor and rooftop terrace.


Dinner with a view 

For a beautiful mountain view, and perhaps with a sunset over the peaks, if you’re lucky, the Woolpack Inn is a brilliant historic walkers pub. It’s situated in the lesser-explored Eskdale Valley, but a place loved by walkers and explorers. A little more difficult to get to than pubs in the more popular Windermere area, but well worth the effort. 



Stunning views of the valley, good food and cosy rooms, it's one of the best ways to get a real taste of the Lakes. 


Let your taste buds explore

If you’re feeling like something a bit different there are also some brilliant food choices. The Baha is a Japanese and Korean barbeque in Windermere that has an incredible menu and reputation. Alternatively, if burgers are you thing, visit the quirky Arts Bar and Grill.


Feeling adventurous? Head over and book your tickets to the Lake District now.

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