My Favorite Place In England – The Lake District

On our travels around the word as world nomads we opt for beautiful landscapes and wildlife. In the Lake District we succeeded to find the probably most stunning place of England.

Traveling from the South to the North and from the east to the west coast I have a favorite which stands out of all places we visited in England and that’s definitively the Lake District.

The Lake District is a region and national park in northwest England  with glacial ribbon lakes and rugged fell mountains. The quaint towns of Kendal, Keswick and Ambleside offer accommodation but we decided to stay just outside of the national park at the coast in the quirky little village of Saint Bees, just a puddle jump away from the Lake District. This way we could enjoy the sea and the mountains at once.

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Well signposted paths all over the Lake District

When to visit the Lake District

The Lake District is by far UK’s most popular national park. Every year more than 15 million people visit the region to spend their holidays in the postcard panorama of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and glittering lakes.

Keep in mind though that the roads are exceptionally narrow and space in the fell’s and quaint villages is limited. This said it’s stands to reason to visit the Lake District rather in spring or autumn to avoid the main influx of visitors.

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How to get to the Lake District

The Lake District National Park lies to the south of Carlisle and to the north of Lancaster in the northwest of England. If you chose to leave your car at home, here some useful information concerning public transport and the hire of bicycles.

Major train Stations coming from London and Glasgow: Oxenholme, Penrith or Carlisle
from Manchester: Windermere

Another option to get to the Lake District is to share a car with other travelers. Go on Travel Liftshare to search for travel buddies.

Within the Lake District you easily get around by bus:
traveline for bus, train, coach information,

and bicycle hire (click on the place to find out if street, mountain or electric bikes) in Coniston, Whinlatter, Penrith, Keswick, Ambleside, Ambleside 2Brockhole, Windermere, Windermere 2, Windermere 3, Carlisle

Places of interest in the Lake District

  • Coniston Waters

    At five miles long and with a maximum depth of 184 feet, Coniston Water is the third largest of the lakes. The Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola gives passengers a glimpse of the past while enjoying the magnificence of the surrounding scenery.

  • Windermere

    With 10.5 miles length, one mile with and 220 feet depth, Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and also one of the busiest of the Lake District. Numerous holiday resorts and outdoor activity centers dot its shores and boating is most popular.

  • Ullswater

    Ullswater is the second largest lake of England offering abundant accommodation and activities. On this site I found most regional attractions and activities.

  • Langdale Valley

    Popular under hikers Langdale Valley attracts outdoor enthusiasts for its Langdale Pikes, a group of peaks on the northern side of the dale. Here you find England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, which can be climbed by a route from Langdale. Points of interest are in particular, Dungeon Ghyll Force waterfall, Harrison Stickle and the Pike of Stickle.

  • North Lakes

    North Lakes is the region in the north of the Lake District around Keswick. A breathtaking landscape with a few towns, quaint villages and – as the name says – delightful lakes, offer plentiful options to outdoor lovers.

  • Derwentwater

    With only 3 miles length, 1 mile with and 72 feet depth Derwentwater doens’t belong to the largest lakes certainly doesn’t stand back in its beauty. Walks around the lake or activities on the lake are possible.

  • Wastwater

    My favourite of all the  lakes of the Lake District  is Wastwater which is England’s deepest lake. The lake is 4.6 km long and more than about 600 m wide. Only few activities are allowed on this lake which makes it an outstanding gem of pristine beauty.

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Stunning views over fells and sparkling clean lakes

There are much more places which are stunningly beautiful in the Lake District. It depends on your taste and planned activities. Following homepages give a good overview:

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What to do in the Lake District

  • Enjoy extended mountain walks

The impressive scenery can only be taken in appropriately if you go by Shank’s mare. That’s my opinion. Maybe you disagree and state that a mountain biker can have the same intense experience? No worries, I have some links here after for you, too. But first the ones for the walkers, or do you call them rather hikers?

There are hundreds of options for walkers from gentle lakeside strolls to challenging mountain expeditions. Following links suggest best walking options:
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Lake District National Park Walks

  • Get around by bicycle

You find the places where you can hire a street, mountain or electric bike above under the title “how to get to the Lake District”. If you want to get around in the Lake District with your bike further as your legs can manage, you may be able to take it on a bus. Many buses around the Lake District are kitted out to carry bikes.

Here you find two combinations of tours with bicycle and bus respectively boat:

599 Bowness – Ambleside – GrasmereBowness on Windermere

525 – Cross Lakes Experience
Ferry House – Hill Top – Hawkshead – Tarn Hows – Wray (and return)

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Plenty dog-friendly walks around the lakes

Where to stay in the Lake District

 The Lake District is hugely popular and at times, you’ll struggle to find suitable accommodation.
Here you find some useful links for accommodation in the Lake District:
If you don’t find accommodation in the Lake District or it is too expensive, you can opt for accommodation just outside of the boundaries of the National Park.
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Accommodation in quaint villages in England’s Lake District

We hope you got useful information to put together your trip to the Lake District and you’ll have an awesome time. Let us know about your experiences and if you’d like to add recommendations.


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Author: Marcelle Simone Heller

I'm searching for natural beauty and wilderness, while I'm travelling relentlessly to find delightful places and encounters with wildlife. I try to capture the thrill of the moments in photography and words, hoping to inspire others with the love for animals and nature.

23 thoughts on “My Favorite Place In England – The Lake District”

  1. Indeed a beautiful region, I understand why it’s your favorite!!
    Enzzo, my dog, would have lots of fun there 😀
    Great guide for the region, it certainly is helpful!
    Thank you for joining #MondayEscapes 😀

  2. 10 years ago I did my master’s degree in Lancaster so the Lake District was pretty close by! I’ve taken a boat “cruise” in both Windermere and Ullswater and visited cute villages like Keswick, Ambleside and Grasmere! I agree it’s a beautiful place in the UK and I’d love to visit again!

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