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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 destinations 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!



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
    Bank Springs Brewery Holiday Cottage West Coast Lake District

    Holiday Cottage in Kirksanton, Cumbria, England

    Overlooking stunning views of Black Combe and the surrounding fells, Bank Springs Brewery is nicely situated on the edge of the Lake District National Park and alongside the beauti...

    Family Friendly Online Booking Accepted  

    £ 450.00 - £ 995.00 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  

    £ 505.00 - £ 765.00 per week

  • Holiday Cottage in North Yorkshire, England
    West Close Farmhouse Leyburn Yorkshire Dales

    Holiday Cottage in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, England

    West Close Farmhouse Cottages are situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and boast beautiful views across Coverdale and out to the Moors. There are two single-storey cottages...

    Pet & Dog Friendly Family Friendly  

    £ 350.00 - £ 590.00 per week

  • Holiday Cottage in Cumbria, England
    Fawcett Mill Cottage Large Lake District Cottage

    Holiday Cottage in Kendal, Cumbria, England

    Fawcett Mill, a large self-catering cottage in Orton, near Kendal, Cumbria, the Lake District, sleeps 16 plus 4 in 7 bedrooms. Ideal for large groups, significant birthday/annivers...

    Pet & Dog Friendly Family Friendly  

    £ 1,595.00 - £ 1,895.00 per week

  • Hotel in Cumbria, England
    Edenhall Country Hotel in Cumbria Lake District

    Hotel in Penrith, Cumbria, England

    The Edenhall Country Hotel is located close to both the Pennines and the Lakes and fells of the Lake District. The independently-run hotel is in the idyllic village of Edenhall, ju...

    Family Friendly  

    £ 65.00 - £ 120.00 per night

  • 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

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    Venues4Hire Venues and Event Suppliers Directory

    in Internet Information Provider, Cheshire, England provides the most complete listing of Venues that can be hired in the UK. Listing all types of Venues from Village Halls and Scout Huts to Castles and Ships. Wherev...

    Business Meeting Rooms, Castle, Commercial Venue, Community Hall, Fitness and Dance Centre, Funerals and Wakes, Historic Venue, Hotel/Conference Centre, Local Authority - Town Hall etc, Marquee Venue, Membership Club (other), Museum, Party Venue, Pub / Restaurant, Religious Venue, School/College/Library, Sports Club - Cricket, Sports Club - Golf, Sports Club - Other, Sports Club - Rugby, Sports Pitch/Hall - Football, Team Building Venue, Village Hall, Wedding Barn, Wedding Venues

  • 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

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