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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
    Inchmaholme Keswick Lake District

    Holiday Cottage in Keswick, Cumbria, England

    Perched high above the popular Lakeland market town of Keswick, Inchmaholme is a luxurious and well-appointed house that enjoys stunning mountain and lake views.

    Pet & Dog Friendly Family Friendly  

    £ 965.00 - £ 2,005.00 per week

  • Holiday Cottage in Cumbria, England
    2 Low Glenridding Ullswater Lake District

    Holiday Cottage in Glenridding, Cumbria, England

    2 Low Glenridding is a cosy stone cottage in the picturesque village of Glenridding, near Ullswater. This cosy cottage sleeps four and welcomes two dogs.

    Pet & Dog Friendly Family Friendly  

    £ 375.00 - £ 665.00 per week

  • Holiday Cottage in Cumbria, England
    The Old Smithy Glenridding and Patterdale Ullswater Lake District

    Holiday Cottage in Glenridding Patterdale Penrith Ullswater, Cumbria, England

    Charming, cosy, dog friendly, holiday cottage. Sleeps 5. Wifi Available. Situated between Glenridding & Patterdale with fabulous views. This cottage is a ground floor apartment wi...

    Pet & Dog Friendly Family Friendly Online Booking Accepted  

    £ 375.00 - £ 650.00 per week

  • Holiday Cottage in Cumbria, England
    Blencathra Cottage Holiday Cottage Near Keswick in The Lake District

    Holiday Cottage in Keswick, Cumbria, England

    Keswick-self-catering-holiday-cottage Listed 17th century cottage. Cottage is in Lake District National Park. 7 miles from Keswick. Cosy beamed lounge. Wood-burner, Mountain Views....

    Pet & Dog Friendly Online Payment Accepted  

    £ 340.00 - £ 590.00 per week

  • B&B in Cumbria, England
    Lyndale Guest House in Ambleside Pet Friendly B&B

    B&B in Ambleside, Cumbria, England

    Lyndale Guest House offers an individual and relaxed atmosphere where you will receive a warm welcome and outstanding hospitality. Whether you are travelling alone, with a loved on...

    Pet & Dog Friendly Family Friendly  

    £ 30.00 - £ 40.00 pppn

  • 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 w...

    Lochs Lakes and Waterfalls, Walking and Climbing

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

    Loch, Lake, Waterfall in Glenridding, Cumbria, England

    Ullswater is rightly known as Englands most beautiful lake. Perfect for Sailing, Kayaking, Fishing or just relaxing. Ideal location for walking close to Helvellyn.

    Lochs Lakes and Waterfalls, Sailing and Watersports

  • 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

  • Special Offer for Mellwaters Barn County Durham
    Special Offer for Mellwaters Barn County Durham

    Mellwaters Barn County Durham

    County Durham, England

    A very warm welcome awaits you at Mellwaters Barn Cottages situated centrally in Northern England for Beamish, Bowes Museum, Durham Cathedral and the Lake District. Being a family...

    Last Minute Deal expires 25 Oct 2018

  • Relaxing Autumn Break
    Relaxing Autumn Break

    Mellwaters Barn County Durham

    County Durham, England

    Relaxing autumn holiday in quiet Teesdale for £21.50* per person per night. *Based on 2 people staying for 5 nights. Only available for Robin or Wren Cottages. A very warm welcome...

    Last Minute Deal expires 30 Sep 2018

  • AUTUMN SHORT BREAK NOW AVAILABILITY WITH PROSECCO Wordsworth Barn Holiday Cottage Lake District
    AUTUMN SHORT BREAK NOW AVAILABILITY WITH PROSECCO Wordsworth Barn Holiday Cottage Lake District

    Wordsworth Barn Holiday Cottage Lake District

    Cumbria, England

    Wordsworth Barn autumn 2018, 2, 4 & 6 night short breaks now available:- Tariff inclusive of linen, all fuel for log burner, heating, hot water and complimentary bottle of Prosecco...

    Last Minute Deal expires 5 Oct 2018

  • Special Offer for West Close Farmhouse Leyburn Yorkshire Dales
    Special Offer for West Close Farmhouse Leyburn Yorkshire Dales

    West Close Farmhouse Leyburn Yorkshire Dales

    North Yorkshire, England

    22nd September for upto 7 nights in Field Cottage - only £295; 29th September for upto 7 nights in Field Cottage - only £295; 6th October for upto 7 nights in either West Clo...

    Last Minute Deal expires 20 Oct 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

    Last minute cancellation so 3 or 4 nights available from tonight - 26th August! Visit our website or Yorkshire Cottages property 218078 for full details. A former artist’s studio, ...

    Last Minute Deal expires 24 Nov 2018

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