5 Reasons Why The Lake District Makes The Perfect Holiday Destination

Posted on Dec 3 2016 - 10:19pm by James Brockbank

The Lake District is England’s largest national park and attracts 17.32 million visitors a year. It’s not hard to see why, with stunning lakes, mountains, coastline and historic sites.

The Lakes are popular in all seasons, and are as beautiful in the autumn and winter as it is in the warmer months with any families choose to spend Christmas or New Year in the Lake District.

Here are five great reasons why the Lake District is the perfect destination for your next holiday

1. It’s Beautiful!


With stunning views all year round, from the endless landscape and lake views to the carpets of bluebells that erupt in the warmer months, the Lake District is truly an area of outstanding natural beauty.

There is also an abundance of wildlife such as Golden Eagles, red squirrels, and stags, ducks and badgers to name just a few. There are six nature reserves in Cumbria.

Whether you are a keen photographer, or just want to relax and unwind surrounded by the calming beauty of nature, the Lake District is a wonderful place to be.

2. There’s So Much To Do

There is so much to do in the Lake District that you can visit time and time again and experience something new each visit.

Take a cruise on Lake Windermere, attend exhibitions at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, have a treetop adventure at Go Ape, visit The World of Beatrix Potter, visit one of the many castles, or much much more.

Image courtesy of www.rte.ie

Image courtesy of www.rte.ie

Thrill seekers can even cross the Infiniti Bridge, suspended between two mountains. At 2,000 feet above the valley floor, it is double the height of the shard!

3. The UK’s Best Walking & Cycling


If you fancy getting outdoors and exploring the Lakes, there are many great walking and cycling routes, and you can take a look at them on the Lake District National Parks Website here. You don’t have to be a hardcore hiker to enjoy exploring the lake district, as there is still plenty to see if you just fancy a gentle stroll.

4. Plenty Of Great Food

The Lake District is heaven if you are a foodie. Not only does the area boast some incredible restaurants, but also a lot of foods you may be familiar with have their origins in the Lakes.

Kendal Mintcake, the famous sugary energy boost loved by walkers and climbers, Sticky Toffee Pudding, and of course Cumberland Sausages all originate from the Lake District.

Image courtesy of www.lakedistrictdeli.co.uk

Image courtesy of www.lakedistrictdeli.co.uk

The Lakes are now home to four Michelin Star restaurants. The Forest Side in Grasmere, The Samling in Windermere, and The Gilpin, also in Windermere, were awarded Michelin Stars for 2017, joining L’Enclume which held on to its two Michelin Stars and has been named Britain’s Best Restaurant by The Good Food Guide for the fourth year in a row.

There are also an abundance of wonderful pubs if you want to enjoy some hearty pub grub with a pint of beer, perhaps even by a roaring fire in the colder months.

5. The Perfect Accommodation For Everyone

Whatever type of holiday you are after, there is sure to be an accommodation to suit you. If you are a big fan of camping, you won’t struggle for choice when it comes to finding a camp site. Check out the National Trust guide to campsites in the lake district here.

If you’re after a little more comfort and luxury, Lake District Country Hotels offer three stunning country house hotels. In the heart of the Lake District, they boast stunning views, and indulgent and stylish accommodation, perfect for unwinding on a romantic getaway or family holiday.

Image courtesy of www.lakelovers.co.uk

Image courtesy of www.lakelovers.co.uk

If you are looking for a home from home, look no further than Pure Leisure who offer well equipped, modern Lodges in fantastic locations throughout the Lake District. You can rent one out if you just fancy a holiday or if you really fall in love with the Lakes you can even own your own holiday lodge and come back regularly.

James Brockbank
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