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.
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.
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 2 , Brockhole, Windermere, Windermere 2, Windermere 3, Carlisle
Places of interest in the Lake District
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
– Walking Englishman
– 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:
525 – Cross Lakes Experience
Ferry House – Hill Top – Hawkshead – Tarn Hows – Wray (and return)
Where to stay in the 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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