The Lake District National Park in the north west of England has stunning scenery encompassing an unspoiled landscape of valleys and mountain peaks. A popular destination for tourists seeking the romance and adventure of the area, there are endless outdoor activities in Lake District to suit everyone, from singles and couples to families and their pets. Many people find that Lake District cottages are ideal for their holidays as they provide an ideal base for all the family including the dog.
The picturesque town of Windermere is on the eastern shore of the lake. There are many Victorian cottages in Windermere which are usually available as holiday lets. Of the sixteen lakes that give the Lake District its name, Lake Windermere is the largest. Here, there are many opportunities for using a kayak or canoe and for sailing small yachts. To leisurely enjoy the beautiful views of the lake and the stirring mountain scenery, there is a choice of cruises available or, on the southern tip of the lake, is the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Scenic Railway which leads to the picnic areas of the National Trust’s Fell Foot Park. To the west of Lake Windermere is the Grizedale Forest which has numerous nature trails and pathways for pony trekking, cycling and rambling.
Outdoor Activities In Lake District
The whole of the Lake District is littered with mountain peaks with opportunities for rock climbing and mountaineering to suit all levels of expertise. Near Lake Windermere is the modest Gummer’s How to the east, and to the west of the Grizedale Forest is the majestic Old Man of Coniston which has many surrounding walking areas such as the Dow Crag. The higher peaks give panoramic views of Coniston Water and Morecambe Bay.
Cottages In Keswick
Renting quaint grey stone holiday cottages in Keswick provides easy access to all the attractions of the northern area of the Lake District. Keswick itself is located to the east of Derwent Water which is a favourite for water sports such as paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing. The rugged terrain of the rivers Derwent and Greta offer fine opportunities for ghyll scrambling and river rafting where the adventurous can practise a little bushcraft by building their own rafts. There are quad biking centres and numerous hiking trails to ramble through, such as the Catbells Lakeland Walk.
Popular British attractions
Although the National Park is usually associated with outdoor activities, there are still many things to do in Lake District if the weather should not be too favourable. A popular tourist destination is Dove Cottage at Grasmere near Rydal on the northern tip of Lake Windermere, once the home of the poet, William Wordsworth. Beatrix Potter sketched scenes around Derwent Water to use in her children’s books. Her 17th Century farmhouse at Hill Top features a museum dedicated to her. North of Keswick is Bassenthwaite where there is a Victorian farmhouse distillery famous for gin made from local juniper berries. It also produces an elderflower gin licquer and whisky. The Lake District has many stately homes such as Townend House, the Courthouse, Bridge House and Rydal Mount. There are also many places of interest like the Steamboat Museum on Lake Windermere and a museum and art gallery in Keswick and an animal wildlife centre and a sheep and wool centre. Holidaying in traditional Lake District cottages in the villages and towns is a way of ensuring that this very popular region retains its beautiful appearance, justifying its status as a World Heritage site.