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The Lake District
The Lake District

The Lake District

The Lake District in Cumbria is one of the most popular holiday desinations in England. Come and climb the fells like Helvellyn and Skiddaw, savour the tranquility and beauty of Ullswater, or experience the many attractions of Windermere. Enjoy!

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Exploring the Lake District


The Lake District, also known as The Lakes or Lakeland, is a rural area in north west England. A popular holiday destination with a great range of holiday accommodation, it is famous for its lakes and its mountains (or fells), and also its associations with the early 19th century poetry and writings of William Wordsworth and the Lake Poets. It was also the inspiration for Beatrix Potter.

The main towns include Windermere and Bowness, Ambleside, Grasmere, Keswick, Cockermouth, Carlisle, Workington, Whitehaven, Maryport, Ulverston and Kendal. In addition there are a host of small villages such as Patterdale, Glenridding, Elterwater and Hawkshead which provide ideal bases for holiday makers.
Only one lake in the National Park has the word 'Lake' in its name, namely Bassenthwaite Lake. All the others such as Windermere, Coniston Water, Ullswater and Buttermere use other forms, with 'mere' being particularly common.

Alfred Wainwright immortalised the fells and dales of the lakes with his series of pictorial guides - a must for walkers, fell runners, mountain bikers and climbers. Cumbria also has spectacular coastline and beaches and is an ideal holiday destination for families.

Walking and Hill Climbing in the Lake District

It is a mecca for walkers and climbers, with some of the most popular hills (in height order) being:
Scafell Pike, 978 m / 3210 ft
Scafell, 965 m / 3162 ft
Helvellyn, 951 m / 3118 ft
Skiddaw, 931 m / 3054 ft
Great End, 910 m / 2986 ft
Bowfell, 902 m / 2960 ft
Great Gable, 899 m / 2949 ft
Pillar, 892 m / 2926 ft

There are many other spectacular hills to be walked, including Place Fell. The Lake District a must for all outdoor enthusiasts, whatever their experience and aptitude!

Staying in the Lake District


As you would expect it offers the full range of holiday accommodation, from five star luxury hotels, to quaint bed and breakfasts and fabulous self-catering holiday cottages. There are also many excellent campsites and caravan parks. There is a huge range of attractions, places to eat and other activities to suit all tastes.
 

Ullswater (c) Rob Shephard Helvellyn Range from Place Fell (c) Rob Shephard

   

Some of our favourite escapes...

  • Holiday Cottage in Cumbria, England
    Keepers Cottage Ullswater Pet Friendly Cottage for 2 in the Lake District

    Holiday Cottage in Glenridding Patterdale Ullswater Penrith, Cumbria, England

    Between Glenridding and Patterdale next to Ullswater in the Lake District. This charming self catering cottage sleeps 2 people and well behaved pets are welcome. Character features...

    Pet & Dog Friendly Online Booking Accepted  

    £ 275.00 - £ 510.00 per week

  • Holiday Cottage in Cumbria, England
    Bendale Cottage Luxury Self Catering Lake District National Park

    Holiday Cottage in Maryport nr Cockermouth and Keswick, Cumbria, England

    Bendale Cottage A cosy cottage for two. Bendale is one of three cottages situated at West House Farm, Dearham. Ideal for couples wanting to explore the Lakes and the Solway Coas...

    Wheelchair Friendly Family Friendly Online Booking Accepted  

    £ 400.00 - £ 500.00 per week

  • Holiday Cottage in Cumbria, England
    Corner Cottage Pet Friendly Holiday Cottage in Gt Broughton Cockermouth

    Holiday Cottage in Cockermouth, Cumbria, England

    Corner Cottage, warm and cosy, well looked after, self-catering holiday cottage, sleeps up to 5 comfortably + cot with 1 double bedroom and 1 twin room with double & single beds ne...

    Pet & Dog Friendly Family Friendly Online Payment Accepted  

    £ 150.00 - £ 399.00 per week

  • Holiday Cottage in Cumbria, England
    Willow Cottage Hartsop Luxury Lake District Cottage

    Holiday Cottage in Patterdale, Cumbria, England

    Willow Cottage Hartsop, luxury 4 star gold self-catering cottage-appartment in converted stone barn in Hartsop, near Patterdale and Ullswater, the Lake District. Beautiful stylish ...

    Pet & Dog Friendly Family Friendly Online Payment Accepted  

    £ 389.00 - £ 600.00 per week

  • Holiday Cottage in Cumbria, England
    Wordsworth Barn Holiday Cottage Lake District

    Holiday Cottage in Patterdale Ullswater, Cumbria, England

    5 star gold, 17th Century stylish barn conversion, sleeping 2. Renovated to a high standard retaining its original character but with a contemporary twist and woodburner. Spacious ...

    Online Payment Accepted  

    £ 395.00 - £ 715.00 per week

  • Loch, Lake, Waterfall in Cumbria, England
    Helvellyn in the Lake District

    Loch, Lake, Waterfall in Glenridding, Cumbria, England

    The must do walk in the Lake District! England's second Highest Mountain and one of the most popular. Approach from Glenridding and Patterdale in the east or Thirlmere in the west.

    Lochs Lakes and Waterfalls, Walking and Climbing

  • Cycle Paths in Cumbria, England
    River Deep Mountain High Outdoor Activities

    Cycle Paths in Coniston, Cumbria, England

    Friendly and fun outdoor activities - Gorge Walking, Canoeing, Sailing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Archery, Mountain Biking and Scrambling - Great for families, couples an...

    Cycling and Mountain Bikes, Sailing and Watersports, Walking and Climbing, Guided Tours and Day Trips

  • Child Friendly Attraction in Cumbria, England
    Lake District Wildlife Park

    Child Friendly Attraction in Bassenthwaite, Cumbria, England

    Over 100 species from rare breed domestic animals like pigs and goats, to endangered wildlife like Lemurs and Gibbons. Spot zebra at the top of the park, cosy up to reptiles in the...

    Childrens Attractions, Zoos Farms and Wildlife Parks, Cafes Coffee Shops and Tearooms

  • Distillery, Brewery, Vineyard in Cumbria, England
    Hawkshead Brewery & Beer Hall in Cumbria

    Distillery, Brewery, Vineyard in Staveley, Cumbria, England

    The Beer hall, the Hawkshead Brewery tap, is open 7 days a week and is a showcase for Hawkshead beers in cask, keg and bottle,

    Distilleries Breweries Vineyards, Visitor Centres and Museums, Pubs and Bars, Restaurants, Live Music and Comedy

  • Shop in Cumbria, England
    Crookabeck Farm Shop in Patterdale

    Shop in Patterdale, Cumbria, England

    The fleece from our goats and sheep is used to produce a range of mohair and wool products including mohair socks, scarves, rugs and even dog leads. You can also buy Herdwick wool

    Shops

  • Special Offer for Keepers Cottage Ullswater Pet Friendly Cottage for 2 in the Lake District
    Special Offer for Keepers Cottage Ullswater Pet Friendly Cottage for 2 in the Lake District

    Keepers Cottage Ullswater Pet Friendly Cottage for 2 in the Lake District

    Cumbria, England

    10th March to 17th March £290 Plus pet fee if applicable Please email.Thank you James. Between Glenridding and Patterdale next to Ullswater in the Lake District. This charming self...

    Last Minute Deal expires 17 Mar 2018

  •  LATE AVAILABILITY Wordsworth Barn 5 STAR Gold ACCOMMODATION
    LATE AVAILABILITY Wordsworth Barn 5 STAR Gold ACCOMMODATION

    Wordsworth Barn Holiday Cottage Lake District

    Cumbria, England

    2017/18 Bookings now been taken for cosy Winter short breaks:- Tariff inclusive of bedding, towels and all fuel for wood burner, heating and hot water and complimentary bottle of P...

    Last Minute Deal expires 23 Mar 2018

  • Special Offer for Lawsons Studio 4 Star Gold Award Wensleydale Cottage for Couples
    Special Offer for Lawsons Studio 4 Star Gold Award Wensleydale Cottage for Couples

    Lawsons Studio 4 Star Gold Award Wensleydale Cottage for Couples

    North Yorkshire, England

    Late availability discount of 15% on all full weeks booked within 4 weeks of the start date and on short breaks booked the week before. Click through to our website and booking age...

    Last Minute Deal expires 29 Mar 2018

  • Special Offer for Keepers Cottage Ullswater Pet Friendly Cottage for 2 in the Lake District
    Special Offer for Keepers Cottage Ullswater Pet Friendly Cottage for 2 in the Lake District

    Keepers Cottage Ullswater Pet Friendly Cottage for 2 in the Lake District

    Cumbria, England

    Tuesday 13th Feb to Saturday 17th Feb.£150 Please email.Thank you. Between Glenridding and Patterdale next to Ullswater in the Lake District. This charming self catering cottage sl...

    Last Minute Deal expires 28 Mar 2018

  • ONLY A FEW WINTER SHORT BREAK AVAILABLE- with Prosecco
    ONLY A FEW WINTER SHORT BREAK AVAILABLE- with Prosecco

    Wordsworth Cottage Patterdale Lake District

    Cumbria, England

    Wordsworth Cottage 4 star gold award accommodation sleeps up to 6 persons + cot. Bookings now been taken for Winter holidays and Short break:- Tariff inclusive of bedding and a...

    Last Minute Deal expires 30 Mar 2018

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