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As the Lake District wins UNESCO World Heritage site status, we look at the most popular tourist areas.

Posted on 18th July 2017 by CE Team

The announcement that the Lake District wins UNESCO World Heritage Status was met with ecstatic jubilation by those organisations that work so hard to maintain the 885 square miles of its National Park. From England’s highest peak to its deepest lake, the Lake District is one of Britain’s favourite areas for those who enjoy the wide open spaces and some of the most stunning countryside the UK has to offer. If you intend renting one of our Lake District cottages and are looking for things to do in Lake District, here are a few ideas to whet the appetite.

Lake Windermere & the Beatrix Potter Experience


Staying in one of our Keswick cottages? Britain’s largest natural lake, Lake Windermere, is just a 40 minute drive down the A591. Enjoy breathtaking mountain views and take time out to browse the gardens in Brockhole Visitor Centre.

Cross to Bowness-on-Windermere and enter The World of Beatrix Potter. See where Beatrix Potter found the inspiration for her books, and look for Peter Rabbit in the Peter Rabbit garden, before joining other visitors to cruise the 10 miles of Lake Windermere and its 18 small islands.

Ullswater Lake


Just a 30 minute drive from Keswick via the A66 and A5091, or a 75 minute drive along the A592 if you are staying in one of our Windermere cottages, Ullswater Lake is the second largest lake in England. Visit Glenridding village, where climbers gather prior to ascending Helvellyn mountain. Book a steamboat ride, or hire rowing boats, kayaks, canoes or bicycles in the village. The quaint villages of Patterdale and Pooley Bridge are nearby. Terminate your steamboat ride halfway along the lake at Howtown, and take one of the most picturesque walks in the Lake District back to Glenridding.

Wordsworth’s House, Grasmere


If you have a love of English Literature and English poets, and even if you don’t, a visit to William Wordsworth’s cottage on the edge of Grasmere village is well worth the effort. A 40 minute drive from Keswick on the B5285 and B5286, the cottage is open to the public and full of Wordsworth memorabilia.

Coniston Water


In less than an hour from Keswick on the A59, you can be at the Coniston Water Boating Centre. A great day out for all the family, and a break from walking or biking the park’s trails. At Coniston Boating Centre you can hire paddle boards, row boats, canoes and kayaks, as well as sailing dinghies and motor boats. If you still fancy a bit of cycling you can hire bikes for all the family as well. With ample parking and a pleasantly situated cafe a great day out should be had by all.

Rambling and Hiking


If your passion is rambling and hiking, and you’re staying at one of our Lake District cottages, you will be spoilt choice when it comes to things to do in Lake District. From car-free walks, walks for beginners, organised guided walks and rambles, everything is organised to make your rambling and hiking holiday as active as you want it. For experienced fell walkers and hikers try Great Langdale, or the demanding hikes over the Crinkle Crags and Bowfell.

Always something going on


Almost every day, somewhere in the Lake District, will be organised events for the whole family. Since the announcement the Lake District wins UNESCO World Heritage Status many events will be geared toward this fantastic achievement. Emergency first aid training is always a good idea in this day and age, and for those who like to get away from it all, basic navigation courses are available.

Organised walks, hikes, cycle rides and cruises cover all areas of the Lakes. Bushcraft and survival skills are taught. Face painting days for the kids are available, and everywhere will be specialist events to make your stay in the Lake District as memorable as possible.