This week’s travel journey takes us to the stunning National Park of the Lake District.
The Lake District is located in the North West of England in the county of Cumbria. At 2,292 square kilometres the Lake District National Park is one of the largest of 12 National Parks located in the UK. It is also home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike (3,210 feet) and the largest inland open expanse of water, Lake Windermere. It also boasts the largest concentration of “common land” in the whole of Western Europe. The distinct character of the Lake District comes from its rich history, the fields are lined with ancient dry stone walls and hedgerows, and with the backdrop of spectacular mountains and lakes, makes for picture perfect views and stunning days out.
Spectacular scenery and land types vary greatly in the Lake District and Cumbria, ranging from sandy beaches to breathtaking mountains and tranquil lakes. Places to stay and visit vary from attractive villages to bustling market towns and places of complete solitude. The Lake District first became famous during the early 19th Century through the work of the famous poet William Wordsworth. For most of his life, during the 18th Century, he lived in ‘Dove Cottage’ at Cockermouth which can still be seen today.
The Lake District and Cumbria are ideal places to visit for all different kinds of holidays, whether for a short break, an overnight stop or an extended holiday. However long you stay the spectacular views, beautiful landscape, mystic lakes, openmoorland, marshes, woodland and rolling fells offer something for everyone. It is an ideal location to get away from the stress and strains of everyday life, and whatever the reason, the Lake District and Cumbria will take away your worries. If you are looking for somewhere to escape to in the winter months the Lake District and Cumbria can be magical during this time of year. It may be a bit colder but the snow sprinkled mountains, misty lakes or a walk in the crisp air and sparkling frosts in the morning, make it all worthwhile. If you need warming up there really is nothing better than curling up in front of a warm log fire, or joining the locals in a cosy pub for a sip of real ale.
Lake District and Cumbria Activities
No matter what activity it is you enjoy, the Lake District and Cumbria will have it on offer, it really is an ideal location for any activity holiday. If you are one of the more energetic types amongst us, then the area has endless activities for you to enjoy. The Lake District is the birthplace and home of the the UK’s mountaineering heritage. There are also many other outdoor sports available such as cycling, hill walking, horse riding, fishing, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, water skiing and golf. For those who fancy something a little less energetic why not enjoy a leisurely walk around one of the charming villages or a little shopping, or take a tranquil boat ride on one of the many lake cruises.
Cool, Clear Lakes, Tarns and Rivers
As the name suggests the Lake District is home to many lakes, the most famous of these being Lake Windermere. Others include Bassenthwaite, Buttermere, Haweswater and Ullswater to name just a few. These areas of vast stretches of water are extremely important for local wildlife and are home to many different species such as char and crayfish. The lakes also provide a living from the tourist industry to many of the residence and also provide a range of water sports for the holiday maker.
The vast woodlands in the Lake District and Cumbria National Park create a wealth of colours and textures to enjoy all year round for tourists to enjoy, not to mention a fantastic environment for the native flora and fauna species. The Lake District and Cumbria’s high annual rainfall is the life blood of these rich forests which are covered in mosses, liverworts, lichen and ferns.
The Lake District and Cumbria have an abundance and variety of unique and wonderful wildlife, which is mainly due to its numerous different types of rich habitats which include mires, limestone pavements, upland heaths, screes, woodlands, lakeshore wetlands, estuaries, dunes and coastal heathlands. The Lake District and Cumbria are two of the few remaining places in England where the red squirrel still prospers.
Top three activities to do/see in the Lake District
Visit The Beautiful Beatrix Potter’s House
Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse is a time-capsule of her life. Enjoy the tale of Beatrix Potter by visiting Hill Top. Bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit, she used Hill Top itself and the surrounding countryside as inspiration for many of her subsequent books.
Take a Cruise from Windermere to Ambleside
No matter where you start your journey, be it Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside, the spectacular voyage gives the traveller magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands. Cruises are also available on Ullswater.
Hike up Helvellyn
Helvellyn is part of the Helvellyn range of mountains, which are north of Ambleside and between Ullswater and Thirlmere lakes.
Unlike other popular climbing mountains in the region, such as Scafell Pike – the highest point in England – Helvellyn is a little easier to access. You can start walking up Helvellyn from the surrounding villages of Grasmere, Glenridding or Patterdale, among other access points. The mountain has five ridges, so offers many different routes up to the peak.
- Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread – Grasmere
- Damsons – Lyth Valley
- Kendal Mint Cake – Kendal
- Cumbrian Sausage – Cumbria
- Sticky Toffee Pudding – Ullswater and Cartmel
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