The Lake District is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Perfect for families and solo travelers alike, it is a stunning National Park located in Cumbria, in the North West of England.
It is a haven of mountains, lakes, towns and valleys, and is the perfect place to escape to for a weekend or longer.
Here are some interesting facts about the Lake District:
- There were 23.1 million visitors last year
- It is home to the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike
- It covers 912 square miles
- The largest lake is Windermere at 14.8 square kilometres
We have compiled together some of best things to do and places to see in this beautiful part of the country.
Let me know if you have ever visited any of these places.
1. Scafell Pike
Fancy being the highest person in England?
Then you should take a hike up Scafell Pike. At 978 metres above sea level, it is a bit of a challenge to get to the top, but once you’re there it is totally worth it.
There are a number of ways up to the summit, but the easiest route is the path leaving from Wasdale Head.
Other routes involve clambering over rocks and negotiating steep drops, so avoid these routes unless you are an experienced walker.
It took me 2.5 hours going up and 2 hours going down when I did it, and this allowed for a few photo stops.
Take a picnic for a lunch with a view at the top.
2. Lake Windermere
Being the largest lake in the Lake District, Windermere is the perfect place to visit for a leisurely stroll around its shore or an action-packed day of water sports.
You can even buy tickets for a beautiful boat trip across the lake from the towns of Ambleside to Bowness-on-Windermere and back.
It is a truly stunning place to visit, plus you could see some amazing wildlife once you’re there.
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Grasmere is a quaint little town with some fantastic little shops and cafes.
Be sure to visit the Grasmere Gingerbread shop (below) which was opened in 1854 – it is tiny but smells amazing.
Then go for a pretty stroll around the shore of Lake Grasmere – there’s even a cute little beach.
4. Hardknott Pass
Hardknott Pass is the steepest road in England.
It has a gradient of 30%, and it is worth taking a drive along just for the laughs.
It is quite scary though, so make sure your car has good brakes.
Or, you could always cycle up it if you’re into road biking – you will earn some serious kudos from your biking friends.
The view from the top is also breathtaking.
5. Brockhole Visitor Centre
Big kids young and old will love Brockhole Visitor Centre.
You can hire boats, do archery, play mini golf or ride ponies – all in one place. You and your family will not get bored.
If you’re out on the lake on a sunny day, you’re going to need to take some sunglasses with you.
The SS Collection S2242 are a super stylish pair of aviator sunglasses at the bargain price of £20.
They will go with any outfit and suit any face shape, and at such a great price you won’t be too distraught if you lose them in the lake.
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