The Lake District is a hill walkers paradise with pikes and fells that attract people from all over the world. It is also home to a great number of lakes, as the name would suggest. Breath-taking views are on the cards at every turn for visitors to the Lake district and there are plenty of opportunities to join groups for fell running, climbing or just a gentle ramble to make the most of the stunning setting. As well as fabulous scenery, there are memorable historic towns such as Kendal, famed for mint-cake as much as it is for its Medieval and Tudor architecture.
Places to go in The Lake District
Ambleside is small town on the banks of Lake Windermere in the Lake District National Park and a popular destination for fell runners and ramblers. If you don’t fancy doing a bit of off-road running up and down some very steep inclines, you can kick back and enjoy a cruise on Lake Windermere instead – and there are also plenty of shops to browse, most of them selling everything you need for a day in the hills. Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in the national park, and deciding to go for a wander here should not be taken lightly. The effort and hard work will be well rewarded as you take in the panoramic view. At the opposite end of the scale nearby Wastwater is the deepest lake in the district, and considered one of the most awe-inspiring. The three mile long lake is flanked by impressive mountains and scree slopes. The lake is spectacular from any height and any angle – making the ascent well worth the effort if you can.
Our Top Picks in The Lake District
We want you to enjoy the best that the lake District has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;
Coniston Boating Centre
Take to the water in a boat on Coniston Lake, a perfect opportunity to soak up the unique atmosphere of the Lake District, silently gliding in a covered boat that offers protection from the elements whilst letting you view the stunning surroundings. This really should be on your must-do list. Climbing the surrounding peaks is only one way to view the landscape here, seeing it all from a boat makes the trip more memorable than you could ever imagine.
Keswick Adventure Centre is great fun for all the family, with via ferrata, canyoning, ghyll scrambling, white water tubing and waterrollerz – it is a whole new take on theme park fun – set amongst the amazing scenery of the Lake District. By all accounts, it is just as thrilling for the parents as it is for the kids, so this is as much a hot destination for friends as it is for families.
Lake District Nightlife
Wherever you are in the lake district you can be sure that you can find a cosy pub with a vibrant atmosphere, and there is no need to worry about a dress code. Looking for nightlife in the national park might seem like it defeats the object of being here – but part of the wonderful atmosphere here is the people. They are friendly, welcoming and cater for a diverse range of tastes, so don’t be scared to ask! It is a rewarding experience to spend a night in a traditional stone wine bar playing Jenga with the staff and still wearing wellies although you popped on your glad-rags anyway.
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